Proceeding from the firm position of the Kingdom of Bahrain's leadership, government and people towards the just Palestinian Cause, affirming the fraternal relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the State of Palestine, and expressing the keenness of His Majesty the King to provide aid and assistance to all based on the human ties that bind the different peoples of the world, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain, Honorary President of RCO, issued his royal directives to provide urgent relief and humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people in Gaza to help them overcome their suffering and mitigate the painful distress they are going through. RCO, under the leadership of HRH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, oversees the provision of these humanitarian aids.
Accordingly, RCO has taken several practical measures to ensure the quick access of Bahraini assistance to Palestinian brothers in Gaza. This action has resulted in the implementation of large relief and development projects bearing the name of The Kingdom of Bahrain. These projects still offer their services to the Palestinian people. The following are some of the most important projects:
His Majesty the King ordered the formation of a National Committee for Supporting the Palestinian People in Gaza to operate under RCO's supervision. In order to unify efforts and provide the necessary support for the Palestinian people in Gaza, and achieve this noble goal, the membership to join this Committee has been made open to all NGOs and institutions.
Under the direction of HRH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, RCO's Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Chairman of Bahrain National Committee for Supporting the Palestinian People in Gaza, the first campaign to collect donations for the benefit of our brothers in the occupied Gaza Strip was organized on January 9, 2009. Another campaign was also organized on January 16, 2009, in cooperation with Bahrain TV, which dedicated TV series and live broadcast to support that humanitarian campaign.
Four urgent relief shipments of about 180 tons were sent to our Palestinian brothers in the Gaza Strip, including many medical and relief materials. Coordination was made between the Bahrain National Committee for Supporting the Palestinian People in Gaza, Bahrain Red Crescent and Palestinian Red Crescent to ensure that those shipments would directly reach the Palestinian people in Gaza.
Through Bahrain Medical Society and based on the human dimension of medical work, the Bahrain National Committee for Supporting the Palestinian People in Gaza sent medical and therapeutic missions to work side by side with their Palestinian brothers in the Gaza Strip to treat the wounded and injured through coordination with the competent authorities and Palestinian Red Crescent.
RCO also treated 100 wounded persons of Gaza victims at Palestine Hospital in Arab Republic of Egypt. The injured were moved from Gaza to Cairo, in coordination with the Egyptian authorities, and they were provided with the necessary treatment as well as psychological and physical rehabilitation.
On November 2, 2011, the Kingdom of Bahrain School was opened in Tal al-Hawa. Consisting of 4 floors and 52 classrooms, and serving more than 4,000 students, it is the largest school in the Gaza Strip. It is equipped with all educational and teaching facilities, including a library, sports fields, garden, and science and computer laboratories. It also includes a classroom for students with learning difficulties as well as learning aids for students with special needs.
Among the important projects carried out by RCO in the Islamic University of Gaza is the establishment of the Technology Centre to help the blind students at the Islamic University. This project is part of a program for the training and rehabilitation of the blind, which is funded by RCO at the University.
In cooperation and coordination with the University's Board of Trustees, RCO also equipped the science laboratories at the University in order to provide all the necessary equipment and convenient climate to encourage students to engage in scientific research.
RCO established a library for children at Al Fakhoura School courtyard in Jabaliya and equipped it with furniture and books.
Kingdom of Bahrain Health Centre was built in Khan Younis in cooperation with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The Centre consists of three floors on a ground floor area of 18,000 square feet.
The Centre serves an area with growing population and urgent health needs. It serves more than 130,000 Palestinian refugees in Khan Yunis. With 65 employees in all job categories, the Centre provides maternal and child care service for more than 10,000 children and more than 5,000 women. It also provides the necessary health service for all patients with diabetes and hypertension, numbering about 6,000 patients. Moreover, it provides free treatment and all other examinations, as well as advanced physical therapy, human health services and many others.
RCO funded a number of projects for the Deir Al-Balah Deaf and Dumb Association, including the funding of the Ramadan Iftar (meals offered to fasting Muslims) for poor families and the funding of the Eid clothing project implemented by UNRWA. It also provided a number of earphones for the Deaf and Dumb Association
RCO Commissioned an artificial limbs factory as one of its development projects in the Gaza Strip. The said factory manufacture and install artificial limbs for 1,400 incapacitated men, women and children in Gaza. RCO provided them with psychological rehabilitation and trained them on professions and jobs through which they can earn their living
The first-of-its-kind in the Old City - in Al Quds since 1967, the Bahrain Public Library was opened in collaboration with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Al-Quds University.
The library is located in one of the historic buildings in Saadia lane, Al-Quds and managed by Al-Quds University. The building was restored and outfitted with Specialized technologies, necessary equipment and protection and safety devices.
With several rooms, courtyards and roof overlooking the Old City lane, the 3-storey library was built in the Islamic architectural style. The library constitutes a meeting and Knowledge gathering point through the various imported books, mainly focusing on Al-Quds in all areas and issues as well as the occupied Palestinian territory. It also includes books on literature, poetry, Islamic and Arab affairs, humanities, history, science, technology, manuscripts, studies, research and others, which represent an important reference for both students and citizens.
The library was equipped with the latest technology and computers to enhance the role of technology, and outfitted with library-management, borrowing and security systems. Moreover, RCO trained staff from Al-Quds University on library management. A website was also developed to showcase the contents of the library. In addition, a fully-furnished cafeteria and halls for delivering seminars and lectures were also established
Jabalia School was expanded by building 8 classrooms with a donation from the Bahraini Council of Representatives.