Kuwaitis keen on hu­man­i­tar­ian, char­i­ta­ble ef­forts abroad: Of­fi­cials

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Due to their con­tin­u­ous ef­forts within the do­mains of hu­man­i­tar­ian re­lief aid and char­ity, Kuwaitis had made the name of their coun­try known to many peo­ple around the globe. Speak­ing on sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions, a num­ber of Kuwaiti re­lief aid work­ers said that their job was in line Kuwait’s lead­er­ship pol­icy, stress­ing that the UN hon­or­ing of Kuwait as a hu­man­i­tar­ian cen­ter and His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad AlJaber Al-Sabah global hu­man­i­tar­ian leader was due to the Gulf coun­try’s re­lent­less ef­fort in this field.

Dur­ing their visit to the Sheikh Sabah AlAhmad vil­lage in In­done­sia, ex­ec­u­tive at the Zakat House Mo­ham­mad Al-Otaibi said that the vil­lage in­cluded sev­eral fa­cil­i­ties aimed at the ser­vice of the res­i­dence. This is a small ges­ture of hope that Kuwait would like to pro­vide to the dwellers of this In­done­sian vil­lage, said Otaibi.

Pro­vid­ing a sim­i­lar in­put, Un­dersec­re­tary at the Min­istry of Awqaf and Is­lamic Af­fairs Waleed Al-Am­mar said that Kuwait has sev­eral char­ity projects run­ning in In­done­sia, not­ing that the vil­lage was an important mile­stone for Kuwaiti re­lief aid ef­forts. The Min­istry and the Zakat House con­tinue to col­lab­o­rate in In­done­sia and else­where to pro­vide help to the needy, af­firmed Al-Am­mar who com­mended other Kuwaiti char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions for their ef­forts.

Mean­while, Deputy Di­rec­tor at the In­ter­na­tional Is­lamic Char­i­ta­ble Or­ga­ni­za­tion (IICO) Salem Ha­mada said that his or­ga­ni­za­tion of­fered var­i­ous kinds of as­sis­tance to the In­done­sian peo­ple, not­ing that re­cently the IICO opened a Qu­ran school where around 150 stu­dents learn to re­cite and mem­o­rize the holy script.

He in­di­cated that the open­ing of the new vil­lage was an ad­di­tion to the Kuwaiti long her­itage of help­ing other peo­ple, af­firm­ing that the IICO and other Kuwaiti bod­ies will con­tinue the coun­try’s hu­man­i­tar­ian mis­sion.

Sep­a­rately, In­done­sia’s deputy gover­nor of West Jawa Helmi Budi­man has ex­tolled the Kuwaiti hu­man­i­tar­ian aid pro­vided to In­done­sians. This came on Tues­day in Budi­man’s speech de­liv­ered dur­ing a festival of In­ter­na­tional Is­lamic Char­i­ta­ble Or­ga­ni­za­tion (IICO), co-spon­sored by Sheikh Aisha Mubarak Sabah Al-Nasser Al-Sabah and Sheikha Mariam Al-Sabah on the oc­ca­sion of open­ing two in­sti­tutes: a train­ing cen­ter for boys and hous­ing units for girls. A num­ber of Kuwaiti donors funded the projects in the Garut town in the prov­ince of West Java.

Garut’s pop­u­la­tion num­ber­ing three mil­lion ap­pre­ci­ates highly the Kuwaiti projects, mainly the town as it in­cludes fa­cil­i­ties and an ed­u­ca­tion body, Budi­man said. He added that the in­sti­tutes in­au­gu­rated to­day are con­sid­ered the two largest ones in West Java as they are serv­ing about 2000 male and fe­male stu­dents. He called for sup­port­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian and de­vel­op­men­tal projects in the prov­ince. Budi­man lauded the level of the Kuwait­In­done­sia re­la­tions in dif­fer­ent fields, voic­ing his ap­pre­ci­a­tion to all Kuwaiti bod­ies back­ing his coun­try.

Mean­while, Sheikha Aisha Mubarak AlSabah said car­ry­ing out such de­vel­op­men­tal and hu­man­i­tar­ian projects for In­done­sians re­flect the deep mean­ing of co­op­er­a­tion and sol­i­dar­ity amongst peo­ples of the Mus­lim world.

She added that the State of Kuwait and Kuwaitis have been back­ing broth­ers, sis­ters and friends who are in dis­tress all over the world, ex­press­ing her pride for be­ing in the In­done­sian town to at­tend the open­ing cer­e­mony.

She noted that Kuwait’s strong role in hu­man­i­tar­ian ac­tion has caught the at­ten­tion of the world and all global in­sti­tu­tions. She re­called that His High­ness the Amir was named by UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon in 2014 as a “Hu­man­i­tar­ian Leader,” and Kuwait as a “Hu­man­i­tar­ian Cen­ter” due to the ef­forts ex­erted in this re­gard.

In the mean­time, First Sec­re­tary at the Kuwait Em­bassy in Jakarta Ab­dul­lah Al-Fadhli said Kuwait and In­done­sia have deep-rooted re­la­tions in all fields, mainly the hu­man­i­tar­ian ac­tion. He ex­pressed his pride that Kuwaitis have been pro­vid­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian ac­tion to needy peo­ple across the globe. Mo­ham­mad Al-Aloush, a donor, said such projects car­ried out in In­done­sia aim to al­le­vi­ate ef­fects of crises and nat­u­ral dis­as­ters fac­ing the coun­try with a largest Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion. Kuwait’s aid has been reach­ing all places across the globe, thanks to Kuwait’s men and women who de­voted their lives to help needy peo­ple through such projects, he noted. — KUNA

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