In addition, the Sufara Alwastia Student Forum saw 180 students qualify. A further 175 students benefited from a program to develop undergraduate leadership skills.
SBMF’s program of volunteering units also expanded. 75 school volunteering clubs were added, with additional 65 university volunteers.
SBMF-supported Jeddah Award for Outstanding Teachers awarded 14 teachers. SBMF supported the implementation of Kagan’s cooperative learning models and the Judhur program qualified 50 nursery teachers. Meanwhile, the STEM learning lab initiative launched two labs to help students explore science, technology and mathematics.
Empowering third sector organizations
The foundation continued allocating resources to improve third-sector organizations by developing human resources and organizational structures. SBMF’s Tawasul Forum is a platform for exchanging expertise on effective community development by non-profits.
30 women graduated from the Ta’atheer program for building female capabilities in the non-profit sector. The Rubban program, which helps develop young leaders for third-sector organizations, also saw 30 people qualify.
The Rakeen Consulting and Capacity Building program continued training employees, while 150 non-profit employees benefited from the Jadara specialized qualification program. The foundation also focused on its own Bin Mahfouz mosques, with 800 teachers and members of staff benefiting from development programs.
2018 continued an emphasis on community development. An array of programs targeted family development, individual economic empowerment, youth participation in sports, and volunteering. The Ghars social initiatives competition launched 900 initiatives by an equal number of volunteer teams.
The Kafa’at (competences) program benefited 85 young people. The Iftikar program provided 250 children with guidance and monitoring. During Ramadan, over 10,000 food care packages were distributed.
The Bin Mahfouz mosques continued their special community programs, with over 100 social and cultural activities and 55 Quran memorization sessions throughout the year.
Looking to the future
SBMF will launch its second five-year strategic plan (2019-2023) to align with Saudi Vision 2030. This is being developed using the Balanced Score Card approach. Apart from strategic imperatives, the plan includes key social causes and the interventions planned by SBMF for maximum impact.