A group of students from the Riffa Views’ International School (RVIS) have renovated a dilapidated house in Riffa. 30 students participated in the first-of-its kind voluntary initiative in the kingdom.
The volunteers completed the repair of the house, in which four needy families, consisting of 13 members are living, in 73 days, at a cost of US $ 30.000 they had collected during a donation campaign that lasted 20 days.
A ceremony was then held to hand over the house to its owners. Southern Governor, HE Shaikh Abdulla bin Rashid Al Khalifa, who patronised the event, which was attended by the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Member of the Board of Directors of Arcapita Group, and RVIS’ Board Chairman, Atif Ahmed Abdulmalik, Riffa Views’ real estate company’s Managing Director, Yasser Abdulrahman Al-Rae’e, RVIS Director Dr. Kurt Nordness, the teacher of Islamic Education and Citizenship at the RVIS, Sheikh Salman Al-Misha’al, who is responsible for the project, as well as a number of officials.
HE Shaikh Abdulla bin Rashid Al Khalifa expressed delight at the distinguished voluntary initiative undertaken by the RVIS’ students. He stressed that the unprecedented initiative deserves to be an outstanding success story that should be a role model for voluntary work in the kingdom.
The governor added that the project completion which coincided with the Kingdom’s celebrations of the glorious National Day and the Anniversary of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s Accession to Throne reflects the dedicated patriotic efforts of those volunteers to return the favour to the cherished nation.
Commenting on the voluntary initiative, Atif Ahmed Abdulmalik, voiced deep pride in the students’ kind gesture, noting that the Riffa Views’ International School considered voluntary work as an integral part in its educational approach. He also affirmed that the students’ involvement in voluntary work hones their skills and fosters patriotic feelings among them.
“In the RVIS, we are proud of this group of secondary students for having elaborately finished the project in record time,” Abdulmalik said.
In order to undertake the project, the volunteers coordinated with the Northern Governorate’s Municipal Council. They visited a number of dilapidated houses in Riffa during September, 2016, in line with their desire to carry out a voluntary initiative that benefits society. After that, they selected the dilapidated house that needed renovation in October, 2016. Since then, they prepared video and written reports on the project and its estimated cost, and presented them to the parents, teachers and students of the RVIS. After that, they launched a 20-day fundraising campaign to collect the needed funds. They started renovating the house during school days and weekends and completed it on December 13th, 2016.