Riyadh orphans face lack of social services

Riyadh Orphanage

Ten percent of Riyadh’s population consists of families with orphans, with few having access to basic social services, according to a researcher from King Saud University (KSU).

In a paper he presented recently on the status of orphans, Ibrahim Al-Obeidi, chairman for scientific research at KSU, said that about 92 percent do not have access to basic social services.

The study looked at the status of orphans in Riyadh. Interviewees were asked to fill out a form containing a series of questions on their social and living conditions and services provided for them.

The study showed 46 percent of these orphans do not own their own homes and were less likely to have domestic workers and drivers. It found that 66 percent received some aid from the Riyadh Services Association.

The study recommended that something should be done to improve their living conditions and income, and they should be provided with proper housing.


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