Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Bint Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is a leading philanthropist in the areas of education, healthcare and social affairs – in particular the welfare of women and families. She has founded and supported a large number of initiatives in these areas including:
The National Philanthropic Organization for Household Healthcare
In 1997, Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Bint Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, established The National Philanthropic Organization for Household Healthcare. This is an independent charity with the aim of improving the quality of life for patients at home following their discharge from hospitals. The charity offers social and medical support services. The goal of the foundation is to develop in-home healthcare services in order to advance health and social education within society. This allows patients, and families, to better deal with certain conditions. It also provides independence and comfort for patients and their families. Furthermore, the foundation supplies vital consumable products and medical equipment. It also helps the families of patients to administer proper care for the patient through the direction of medical staff.
President of Board of Directors of King Abdulaziz Philanthropic Association in Al-Jouf District
Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Bint Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is the President of the Board of Directors of King Abdulaziz Philanthropic Women’s Association in Al-Jouf District. Established in 2001, the association provides help to needy families in the area to help lessen their suffering. Among the Association’s objectives is providing financial help to those most in need; this includes, orphans, widows and divorcees. It also offers care to families of those who are in prison, and to those of limited income. Furthermore, the charity offers support to health services in the area through the branch of Her Royal Highness’s other charity, the Household Health initiative. The association also empowers the women by preparing them to enter free markets and to revive traditions in the area, such as Alsado craft.
Projects established under the umbrella of King Abdulaziz Association
The Alsado Center was established as part of Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Bint Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s organization of Household Health Care in Al-Jouf district. It was created to help preserve the traditional Alsado craft, which is considered a popular tradition in Al-Jouf area. It is from the Alsado center that the women of Al-Jouf tell the world through their fingertips the creation of their heritage. Supported by the King Abdulaziz Philanthropic Association, the center is fully supplied with the materials that are needed. Additionally, female leaders from the city who practice the craft have been appointed to teach young girls to learn the forgotten craft. Arrangements are made with most of the government agencies, as well as private enterprises, to market the center’s products. As a result of the association’s contributions, the Center has noticeably flourished.
Project of Investment Training Center
As President of the Board of Directors of King Abdulaziz Philanthropic Women Association in Al-Jouf District, Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Bint Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s association offers different training and teaching programs. The programs aim is to elevate the skill levels of Saudi women in the fields of social services, business administration, secretariat, tailoring, artistic works, education in the field of special needs, and other types of sessions. Most of these sessions are free and assist in empowering the women. The training centre also aids in helping women find work in the free market.
Under the guidance of Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Bint Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s Women Association, the Jaguar institute was established in 2005. The institute’s aim is to develop female employment in Al-Jouf area, providing support to both the public and private sectors. The Institute is distinguished by offering development sessions and internationally recognized qualifications. The courses include computer technology and photoshop. Many of the Jaguar Institute’s female students have graduated and are working in the free markets.
High Pioneering Language Institute
In her role as President of the Board of Directors, Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Bint Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s association established the High Pioneering Language Institute in 2009. The institute was established to help develop female knowledge of the English language for women in Al-Jouf region. The Institute distinguishes itself by offering several programs under the supervision of Al-Jouf Education Administration. The institute has had great success with most of the graduate students who now work in the free markets.
Programs and Projects for Deaf Women
In conjunction with her role as President of the Board of Directors, Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Bint Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s association developed a special training program for deaf women. This was offered in the cities and districts of Al-Jouf for two years from 2012 to 2014. The desired objective is to help deaf women to be more independent and improve living and working conditions. The women are trained and prepared for free markets by emphasizing their work value. The program implemented strategies of finance, business and marketing.
The Princess Sarah Bint Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Award for Entrepreneurial Families was first handed out in 2011. The award became popular among hundreds of families entering. The award aided in elevating the standard of living for many families. It helped transfer them from being reliant on the state to productive. Her Royal Highness also included a unique category for those with special needs. More than 250 thousand Saudi Riyals were awarded to various winners each year. This encouraged entrepreneurial families to move from textile production to also include more intricate designs.
Princess Sarah Bint Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Award for Entrepreneurial Families
Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Bint Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, established the annual Alzaytoon Festival which helps families in Al-Jouf to market and sell their products. The King Abdulaziz association oversees the Festival, registering and giving plots for women to exhibit and sell their products. Featured at the festival is the esteemed Princess Sarah Bint Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz award. The award encourages many families to develop their products and to continue the craftsmanship. The festival also encourages young girls with skills to practice artistic works, such as embroidery, sewing, spinning crochet, cooking and organizing events.
Academic Chair for Research on Woman’s Challenges in Al-Jouf Sociaty/ Al-Jouf University
Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Bint Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is the dedicated Academic Chair for Research on Woman’s Challenges at Al-Jouf University. In her role, she aims to improve education amongst women, socially and mentally by reinforcing their powerful role in society. This is motivated by the important role played by Saudi women in general and Al-Jouf Women in particular. Her Royal Highness’s activities are based on a number of important elements, like strengthening scientific research to solve women’s mental health, general health and social problems. She also puts together training and informative programs to increase levels of knowledge and to gain skills which improve woman’s conditions in all aspects of life.
Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Bint Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, recognized many families suffering in villages and rural areas of Al-Jouf during the very low temperatures of the winter season. Recognizing her ability to lessen their suffering, she established the Communication Campaign in 2008. The Campaign’s purpose was to distribute winter clothing, covers, and whatever was needed during the cold months to the needy of Al-Jouf district.
The Kingdom of the Sun
Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Bint Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud recognized that there was an issue of high unemployment among young women in Al-Jouf area. This was coupled with an increasing demand for women to garner jobs in the region. As a result, The Kingdom of the Sun program was established to decrease the unemployment percentages in these areas. The project involved training graduates who could not get jobs in either the government or private sector. Rather, the program trained these girls to administrate and manage school cafeterias in Al-Jouf. The project was a huge success, hiring unemployed graduates and aided in improving more than 500 graduates’ lives by providing them with life skills that could be of use for further employment opportunities.