Eid toy gifts bring joy to underprivileged Jeddah children

Hundreds of underprivileged Saudi children received a special surprise toy to mark the festival of Eid.

Campaigners in Jeddah organized the distribution of more than 3,000 gifts to needy youngsters to celebrate breaking the fast.

The “Eid Gift Donation” initiative, run by the city’s Naqaa Sustainability Solutions in collaboration with Iftar Sayum group, was aimed at putting a smile on the faces of disadvantaged children.

Mouna Othman, co-founder of Naqaa Sustainability Solutions, told Arab News that the idea behind the project was to give something back to the community. “As the main clients for our services are other businesses, I thought our employees needed to remember what our values were. To work in the sustainability field, we need to tackle the economic, environmental and social aspects.”

She said the main purpose of the campaign was to bring joy to underprivileged kids in pre-selected neighborhoods in south Jeddah.

With the help of local families during the month of Ramadan, Naqaa Sustainability Solutions received thousands of new and used toys. Eve’s Avenue Salon and Spa, the Humming Tree community center, and The Spot coworking space assisted in collecting the items.

After being donated at drop-off locations, the toys were sorted and packaged by young volunteers and employees from Naqaa and The Spot before being delivered to beneficiaries on the night Eid was announced.

“The toys were of all types, for boys and girls, aged up to 10 years old, and included items such as stuffed animals, puzzles, musical toys, buckets and blocks, dolls and dollhouses, cars, planes, bags, and coloring books,” Othman said.

The donations went to kids in Jama’a district that were identified by the Iftar Sayum group, led by Mohamed Toaimi, as well as Al-Quriyat district in collaboration with the Friends of Jeddah Parks organization.

“Eid is joy, and as a kid, toys and candies bring joy. I’ve been voluntary working and supporting Toaimi’s group of Iftar Sayum, and we noticed that there were some underprivileged kids that did not have toys to play with,” Othman added.

“What could have been better timing than Ramadan? Some of these kids have never had toys of their own in their lives and it is incredibly heartwarming to know that we added some more excitement for Eid.”

The recycling of toys for the campaign represented what Naqaa Sustainability Solutions stood for, she said.


This post is republished from the Arabnews post

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Saudi Ladies Run For Earth

We as a generation are in journey of life in One Earth, where we need to realize the urge to conserve its natural resources and end pollutions, this feeling of doing our own effort has driven Naqaa Sustainability Solutions this year in coincide with the Earth Day 2018 to partner with Park Hyatt Hotel Jeddah – Marina and Blissrunners a local Non for-Profit female running group in  launching Run for Earth Initiative as part of the global campaign to End Plastic Pollution.

Run for Earth  aims to protect our planet through spreading awareness to ending plastic pollution and consumption, continue education on how to lower our carbon footprint, and promote to a happier, healthier, and sustainable lifestyle. We believe that there is a greater need to inform people from all walks of society towards the harmful form of using plastic products, and to enable people to realize the importance of recycling, reusing, recovering and reducing plastic use.

It is with this belief that Naqaa brought people share similar passion together to run for a real cause. Naqaa has chosen Park Hyatt as the event’s partner and host, and the run was led by Blissrunners leaders as the event activity partner.  Over 40 ladies participated in the 3 KM RUN race, members of Blissrunners and Park Hyatt Spa members.


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اليوم العالمي للمياه 2018 تسخير الطبيعة من أجل المياه

شهدت حديقة أميرة طرابلسي للسيدات والأطفال التابعة لجمعية أصدقاء حدائق جدة في حي القريات بجنوب جدة فعالية الاحتفال بيوم الماء العالمي التي نظمها شركة نقاء الحلول المستدامة بالمشاركة مع مؤسسة تكية للترفيه ومجموعة من الطالبات المتطوعات في جامعة عفت المهتمات بالبيئة. وقد تخلل الفعالية تنظيم عدة أركان توعوية تهدف إلى أهمية المحافظة على الماء. فقد اشتملت الفعالية على عرض إرشادات توعوية تهدف إلى المحافظة على المياه وكذلك مسابقة تجميع عبوات المياه البلاستيكية وفرزها، وكذلك تم تعليم الاطفال كيفية ترشيد استهلاك المياه من خلال مشاهدة مقطع فيديو ترفيهي توعوي تعليمي خاص بالأطفال وركن الرسم.

هذا واكدت السيدة زكية بندقجي رئيس البرامج في جمعية اصدقاء حدائق جدة ان الهدف من تتظيم هذه الفعاليات البيئية بالتعاون مع نقاء الحلول المستدامة هو غرس الوعي البيئي في نفوس النشء وتعليمهم على كيفية المحافظة على هذا المورد المهم في حياتنا وهوا الماء حتى نصل الى خلق جيل واعي بيئياً يحافظ على موارد الوطن والماء هو جزء مهم في حياتنا فيجب استهلاكه بترشيد.

يذكر أن اليوم العالمي للمياه هو حدث سنوي يصادف يوم 22 مارس للاحتفال بيوم الماء العالمي لرفع مستوى الوعي العام حول أهمية الماء في حياتنا ونشر ثقافة الترشيد للمحافظة على موارد المياه. وشعار حملة هذا العام “الجواب في الطبيعة” حيث يهدف الى كيفية تسخير الطبيعة من أجل المياه، ألا وهو الحلول القائمة على الطبيعة لمواجهة التحديات المتعلقة بالمياه وتخفيف آثار تغير المناخ، وتحسين صحة الإنسان لتحقيق أهداف التنمية المستدامة 2030.

نقاء الشريك البيئي لجمعية اصدقاء حدائق جدة لتفعيل برامج بيئية توعوية التي تهدف الى رفع مستوى الوعي لدى افراد المجتمع.


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Artpreneurship workshop

In November 8, 2017 Naqaa Sustainability Solutions designed and delivered the first Artpreneurship workshop

in collaboration with Humming Tree Community a coworking space that focuses on creativity and wellbeing.

We believe that everyone can contribute to capacity building the private sector and contributing greatly to the economy. Artpreneurs are a different type of entrepreneur, though, and traditional approaches to opening a business is different as they rely on creating demand and not addressing market need.

We custom designed this workshop to make sure that special attention was given to the creative artists and how they can brand themselves in such a competitive market.

“It was an honor and a pleasure to lead the first ever Artpreneur training in Saudi Arabia last week” says the Naqaa co-founders and trainers Dr. Sarah Ghaleb. “The market needs more creative artists that are thriving in this economy” Mouna Eusman added. The pair have been training in entrepreneurship part time over the last 7 years in Saudi and have to-date trained over a thousand participants in their workshops. We are proud resident trainers of the HummingTree Community, and we only offer this workshop limited times per year, so contact HummingTree for more interest and information at hello@hummingtree.community

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Earth Day Celebration 2017

Naqaa sustainability solutions in collaboration with Greenzie a local initiative from The Global Shapers Community – Jeddah hub organized an event to commemorate Earth Day in April 22. The event was held at Amira Park – a public park for women and children located in south Jeddah and managed by Friends of Jeddah Parks organization. The event was part of Naqaa’s community service program for the purpose to educating and spreading awareness about environmental protection, climate change, and healthy clean environment.

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22 worldwide, various events were held to demonstrate support for environment protection and the theme for this year is Environmental & Climate Literacy.

Several green activities tracks were taking place for the children and their families. The children enjoyed coloring a large ‘Earth Day’ banner, and planted 150 flowers using recycled water bottles and glass jars. Hand-in-hand campaign initiative by ENTEC Company was invited to participate with Naqaa, and they organized physical activities and games for the children, to gain knowledge about waste segregation.

Moreover, a group of senior students majoring in Architecture from Dar Al-Hekma University volunteered in designing and implementing vertical green garden at the park using recycled materials.

We have had more than 300 kids and families visiting the park; however, the event was successful in creating a fun and enjoyable experience while maintaining a less-waste.


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Naqaa in The 4th International Conference on Sustainable Development 2016, Rome, Italy

Naqaa Sustainability Solutions participated at the 4th International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) 2016 that was organized by the European Center of Sustainable Development, at the Roma Eventi- Fontana di Trevi, Piazza della Pilotta, 4 Rome, Italy from: Friday 16 to Saturday 17 September, 2016.

The 4th ICSD2016 was great opportunity to present and discuss Naqaa’s experience in creating sustainable and successful approach to close the existing gap, and how Naqaa assists organizations and community to implement recycling projects in Saudi Arabia since the initiative was launched in 2011. The conference was attended and presented by Mouna Eusman, Co-founder Naqaa. The 2016 Conference provided a forum for the sharing of ideas, presentation of research findings, and discussion of professional issues relevant to Sustainability Science.

The general aim of the conference is to promote international collaboration in sustainability science and related disciplines. The Conference theme is creating a unified foundation for the Sustainable Development: research, practice and education. This theme emphasizes the strong foundation that is provided by using research to inform our everyday practices, policies, and research approaches.

The Conference topics are distributed in the range of the following tracks within the ICSD 2016 program: 1. Economic Sustainability: 2. Environmental Sustainability: 3. Socio-Cultural Sustainability

Naqaa presented paper research under the environmental sustainability track.  And it was reviewed by members of the ICSD 2016 Steering Committee for rating of abstract quality and presentation content. Therefore, as selected paper was also published at the European Journal of Sustainable Development.

We would like to thank the scientific committee and the organizers for organizing and giving us the opportunity to showcase and disseminate our local professional practice in the field of environmental sustainability in Saudi Arabia.

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Empower 2016: Youth Aspirations towards SDGs Implementation

The annual youth conference under “The Reach Out to Asia, ROTA” was held from the 17th -19th of March at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) Student Centre in Doha, Qatar. 450 young people participated in the conference, 400 youth were locals and the rest 50 were international delegates.

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The theme of the conference was “Innovation in Youth Social Entrepreneurship (Empower 2016)”, which was selected in accordance to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, specifically the 8th and 9th goals. In this conference, participants were enriched about social entrepreneurship in order to boost youth employment inside Qatar and in the Middle East, as the region currently is heading to alternative economies based on innovation driven methods.

The organizer (ROTA) is an NGO based in Doha, ROTA is a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Since Qatar Foundation is established on the principle that nation’s greatest resource is the potential of its people and it aims to develop that potential internationally through a network of centers devoted to progressive education, research and community welfare. ROTA’s mission is to extend that assistance into Asia, where it’s strategic geographic location gives it a unique opportunity to support its neighboring countries as they overcome developmental difficulties. In addition to that, more than 60% of Qatar’s own expatriate community is of Asian origins, giving ROTA added insight and understanding of the needs and cultural norms of the Asian people.

ROTA mission

ROTA equip young people to face future challenges

About Empower 2016:

The 3 days of the conference included panel discussions, exhibitions, workshops, internal youth meetings, and off site activities to some Qatari organizations concerned about entrepreneurship and youth growth.  Moreover, during the first 2 days of the conference several workshops were held with multiple themes in relation to innovations in social entrepreneurship. Workshops were given in both languages (Arabic and English).

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View from the conference during the 1st day

Furthermore, members of the Arab Youth Climate Movement (AYCM) presented a workshop titled “Fostering Social Innovations to Address Climate Change”. AYCM is an independent body that works to create a generation-wide movement across the Middle East & North Africa to solve the climate crisis, and to assess and support the establishment of legally binding agreements to deal with climate change issue within international negotiations. AYCM is located in 16 countries within the Arabian Peninsula, Levant area and in North Africa.

Environmental activists of AYCM invited participants in this workshop to learn how social entrepreneurship can address climate change and it impact in the Arab world, as well bringing examples for innovative mitigation and adaptation efforts being held in the Arab region. Members of AYCM aimed to discuss the relevance of climate change, particularly in relation to sustainable development, and identify opportunities and technologies related to address climate change through innovative adaptation and mitigation opportunities.

Naqaa Sustainability Solutions member and the National Coordinator of AYCM in Saudi Arabia Munira Abdelkader presented workshop about Naqaa’s efforts as social innovation business based in Saudi Arabia.

The outcomes of this workshop were increasing the understanding about climate change and how to build steps towards fighting the effects currently are in ground, also promoting for the need to create innovation driven business which can address climate change.

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Naqaa Member Munira Abdelkader during the workshop


AYCM members Neeshad VS the Co-Founder and National Coordinator of the Qatari Chapter of AYCM, Ahmed Al Noubani the National Coordinator and Farah Mansour from AYCM in Jordan, and Samah El-Bakri from AYCM Sudan participated in presenting this workshop.




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