School Girls Help Flood Victims

Posted: January 31, 2011 in Uncategorized

If you’re thinking that Jeddah’s second flood crisis has ended, you are mistaken. People of Jeddah are still suffering till this day. Many have lost their homes, and some are still missing.

Therefore, more and more Saudi volunteers are gathering to contribute to lend a helping hand to their afflicted brothers and sisters. In small separate groups, Saudis are gathering to collect whatever they can of food, medical & hygiene supplies, and clothes. They are not waiting for any officials to help because they know if they wait, no one will get any help on time.

Today,  I will shed light on my personal experience at Jeddah Private Schools where my daughter studies. As you might know, the Ministry of Education has ordered to close all public and private schools due to the damage that happened in the city after the rain and flood.

However, yesterday, I got an sms from my daughter’s school informing parents that the school is open to receive donations, and students and their mothers are welcome to come to school to help pack and distribute the clothes and other necessary supplies for the troubled families.

Of course, my daughter and I were very happy to get such an opportunity to help out. These days we are all depressed and grieving for what happened in the Bride of the Red Sea…actually the former Bride..Now it is being called the Widow of the Red Sea!

This morning I went with my daughter to her school, Jeddah Private Schools , and I was really impressed by the effort and organization that the principal and owner of the school, Mrs. Laila Tahlawi, has done with her staff; teachers and administrators.  It is worth noting that Mrs. Laila Tahlawi is one of the classiest ladies I have ever met, and she has been managing the school herself since its opening more than 25 years ago.

The gym of the school was turned into a help center, and tables were organized in the place; each table had a label that showed the size/age of the clothes, so that everything will be packed without any confusion. The clothes were for children from age 6 till age 12. We got the girls’ clothes, and the boys’ section of the school got the boys’ clothes. everything was packed in boxes and bags.

Each box/bag contained pajamas, underwear, T-shirts, pairs of pants, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hairbrush, coloring book and crayons, play-do, pairs of socks, and hair accessories.

The principal and owner of the school, teachers, administrators, students, and parents were there from 9 am till 1 pm. The owner of the school, Mrs. Tahlawi was there at 7 am along with some teachers! I left at about 1 pm, but Mrs. Laila, teachers, and some students were still there.

Everyone was trying to maintain a positive, cheerful attitude, but we were boiling from the inside. I had a few side chats with some teachers and students, and each one had a heartbreaking story to tell. The “so-called” spoiled, rich Jeddah girls were working all morning with great enthusiasm  and energy.  Personally, I was impressed by their politeness and good manners as well.

Throughout the morning, we continued working with a high spirit, and we kept smiling.

There was a wall that the school had covered with a white cotton sheet to allow everyone to draw and express their feelings.

Some phrases by the students and teachers were really nice….

Here are some of them:

I have become afraid of the rain! – Huda Khushaim

Floods will not separate the relations between Muslims. – Nadine Linjawi

Together we get over the difficulties. Lama Al-Aqeel

Jeddah…we are with you. – Reem Al-Shareef

Once again, people of Jeddah – young females this time – have proved practically that they are up to the responsibility, and that they are one family to help and support each other.


Glimpses from Jeddah Private School’s gym that was turned into a help center…

Clothes on the tables ready to be packed

Being packed


Ready to Go!

The Center of the Cotton Wall

We were there lending a hand - where is your hand? 🙂

Survivors of Jeddah Titanic 🙂

Keep Smiling!

  1. Duha says:

    great post!

  2. angel says:

    Kind royal beauties @ work !!

  3. Abby says:

    hi saudi woman,
    a strong curiousity to hear few voices of saudi women had brought me to you blog. though im asian, living in saudi country for a year now makes me wonder of the voice beyond that veil. Your blog is another avenue to know & understand more women of saudi wanting for a change. More power!

  4. Chiara says:

    Great post and great initiative!

    I have been following via Google Reader so this is the first time I have seen your new blog look. Fabulous!

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