Zain launches do­na­tion por­tal for #ZainWithRefugees cam­paign

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS -

Zain, the lead­ing telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pany in Kuwait, an­nounced the launch of an of­fi­cial on­line do­na­tion por­tal for its hu­man­i­tar­ian ini­tia­tive #ZainWithRefugees, which comes as part of the com­pany’s strate­gic part­ner­ship with the United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees (UNHCR) with the aim of sup­port­ing refugees in the re­gion dur­ing the harsh win­ter sea­son.

#ZainWithRefugees comes as an ex­ten­sion of the re­cent sign­ing of a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MoU) be­tween Zain and the UNHCR dur­ing April at the UN House. The agree­ment con­sid­ers the best ways in which to con­trib­ute to the im­prove­ment of the liv­ing and so­cial con­di­tions of refugees and any other in­di­vid­u­als who the UNHCR pro­vides as­sis­tance to, and is con­sid­ered an em­bod­i­ment of the spirit of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween pri­vate and hu­man­i­tar­ian sec­tors.

Zain launched the of­fi­cial on­line do­na­tion por­tal zain.unhcr.org to of­fer the pub­lic an op­por­tu­nity to do­nate to its hu­man­i­tar­ian cam­paign #ZainWithRefugees in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the UNHCR. The cam­paign aims at im­prov­ing the liv­ing con­di­tions of thou­sands of refugees in the re­gion who suf­fer from the lack of es­sen­tial sup­plies dur­ing the harsh win­ter sea­son. Do­na­tions will be uti­lized to pro­vide fam­i­lies with fi­nan­cial sup­port, win­ter cloth­ing, ther­mal blan­kets, heaters, and more.

Zain prides it­self in its long list of joint col­lab­o­ra­tions with the UNHCR, in­clud­ing the ex­ten­sion of mo­bile telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions cov­er­age to re­con­nect dis­placed fam­i­lies in the Mid­dle East, of­fer­ing tele­com ser­vices in de­prived ar­eas, as well as aware­ness cam­paigns through SMS ser­vices and so­cial me­dia chan­nels. The agree­ment be­tween Zain and the UNHCR also fo­cuses on the im­por­tance of rais­ing aware­ness of the plight of refugees, and shed­ding light on the hu­man­i­tar­ian ini­tia­tives in place to al­le­vi­ate the suf­fer­ing of this com­mu­nity of peo­ple around the world, as well as high­light the ef­forts of the State of Kuwait in cre­at­ing a hub for hu­man­i­tar­ian work un­der the um­brella of the wise lead­er­ship of His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al Ah­mad Al Jaber Al Sabah.

The UNHCR was es­tab­lished on 4 De­cem­ber 1950, by the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly in the after­math of World War 2. The man­date of the Com­mis­sion was to lead and co­or­di­nate in­ter­na­tional ac­tion to pro­tect refugees and re­solve refugee prob­lems world­wide, as the Com­mis­sion seeks to en­sure peo­ple are able to ex­er­cise their right to seek asy­lum and find safe refuge in an­other state. The UNHCR is charged with over­see­ing the pro­vi­sion of pro­tec­tion, shel­ter, health care, ed­u­ca­tion and other ba­sic needs to refugees, in ad­di­tion to sup­port­ing the com­mu­ni­ties host­ing them.

The re­la­tion­ship be­tween the UNHCR and the State of Kuwait has wit­nessed a long his­tory of co­op­er­a­tion. There have al­ways been bridges ex­tend­ing be­tween the Com­mis­sion and the State of Kuwait, its Amir, gov­ern­ment, peo­ple and in­sti­tu­tions. UNHCR en­joys good and pro­duc­tive re­la­tions with all stake­hold­ers within the State of Kuwait, which made its task eas­ier to de­liver the con­tri­bu­tions of the State of Kuwait to refugees, in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons and vic­tims of dis­as­ters.

Within Kuwait, the UNHCR works closely with the gov­ern­ment in ad­di­tion to lo­cal part­ners, such as the In­ter­na­tional Is­lamic Char­i­ta­ble Or­ga­ni­za­tion, the Kuwait Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety, and the Za­kat House, the So­ci­ety of the Ideal Fam­ily.

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