The Saudi University of Dammam has held a function to welcome the "Journey of Hope" team and highlight the noble message they conveyed to the world. In statements to KUNA following the function, Head of Kuwaiti Cultural Bureau in the Saudi capital Riyadh Mesfer Al-Mesfer underscored the importance of the around-the-world marine excursion "Journey of Hope" in showing the world Kuwait's experiment in caring for the mentally disabled people.
He pointed out that the sailing trip, which is sponsored by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, reflects Kuwaiti interest in supporting all activities aiming to improve the skills and integrate this important segment into the whole society.
Al-Mesfer said that the function comes within the framework of cooperation among Arab Gulf countries in different domains.
For his part, the University President Abdullah Al-Rabesh welcomed the Kuwaiti guest.
He expressed admiration of the "Journey of Hope" initiative to shed lights on the needs and abilities of the mentally disabled people and help integrate them in the society.
The "Journey of Hope" sailed from Kuwait in early May, passing through over 20 countries and 39 ports.
Over 22 celebratory events were held at intervals in all ports en route with a view to unifying people of all cultures and religions towards a collective effort to care for and benefit those with intellectual disability everywhere.