Ku­tayba Al­ghanim vis­its or­phan­age to mon­i­tor progress of com­pany-funded restora­tion ini­tia­tive

‘Hav­ing th­ese chil­dren among us is con­stant re­minder to eval­u­ate pri­or­i­ties’

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT: Ku­tayba Y Al­ghanim, the Chair­man of Al­ghanim In­dus­tries, vis­ited the Chil­dren’s Home - an or­phan­age op­er­ated by the Min­istry of So­cial Af­fairs and La­bor’s So­cial Wel­fare Sec­tor. The pur­pose of his visit was to view the restora­tion progress on the houses which Al­ghanim In­dus­tries had pledged to bear the full cost of last year, in ad­di­tion to the out­door play­ground.

Ku­tayba Al­ghanim was wel­comed by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Khair Al-Kuwait Or­ga­ni­za­tion, which op­er­ates un­der the Min­istry of So­cial Af­fairs and La­bor.

The rep­re­sen­ta­tives in­cluded Vice Chair­per­son - Sheikha Maryam Mo­ham­mad Al-Sabah, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral - Nasser Mo­hammed Al-Ay­yar, board mem­ber and Head of the Fa­cil­i­ties Com­mit­tee - En­gi­neer Fawzi Al-Rowaished, and board mem­ber and Head of the Train­ing Com­mit­tee - Dalal AlRowaished.

The site visit in­cluded a tour of the six houses which were re­stored by Al­ghanim In­dus­tries, where the chil­dren have now moved into with their ‘Al­ter­na­tive Moth­ers’. Th­ese new houses are mod­eled on the United Na­tion’s SOS Chil­dren’s Vil­lages sys­tem, which is based on the ‘Al­ter­na­tive Mother’ con­cept, where or­phaned chil­dren are given the op­por­tu­nity to live and grow up in in­de­pen­dent homes with ‘brothers’ and ‘sis­ters’ and an al­ter­na­tive mother. This will re­place the old sys­tem used pre­vi­ously in the or­phan­age, where all the chil­dren lived in dor­mi­tory hous­ing, with­out a sense of fam­ily warmth.

At present, the Khair Al-Kuwait Or­ga­ni­za­tion is work­ing on the sec­ond phase of the restora­tion project with the help of Al­ghanim In­dus­tries. This in­cludes the restora­tion of an out­door play­ground. Once that is com­pleted, restora­tion work will start on the cen­tral kitchen.

Re­newed op­ti­mism

Ku­tayba Al­ghanim, Chair­man of Al­ghanim In­dus­tries, said: “Vis­it­ing the or­phan­age and spend­ing time with chil­dren al­ways leaves me with a re­newed sense of op­ti­mism. This seg­ment of our so­ci­ety has suf­fered the loss of some­thing vi­tal, that any child at that age should have - the sense of warmth that comes from a fam­ily. Hav­ing th­ese chil­dren among us is a con­stant re­minder to eval­u­ate our own pri­or­i­ties and ex­er­cise our hu­man­i­tar­ian re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in a way that im­pacts their lives for the bet­ter. It gives me joy know­ing that Kuwait and its peo­ple never pass up a chance to help those who are in need, and that we at Al­ghanim In­dus­tries can do our part, through the hard work and ef­forts put forth by the Khair Al-Kuwait or­ga­ni­za­tion.” Chair­per­son of Khair Al-Kuwait, Sheikha Feryal Duaij Al-Sabah, said: “We have al­ways found end­less sup­port from Al­ghanim In­dus­tries and its Chair­man, Ku­tayba Al­ghanim. We are de­lighted to have him at the or­phan­age once again and for him to see the com­pleted work that was only pos­si­ble through his gen­er­ous do­na­tions. We have no doubt that Al­ghanim In­dus­tries will con­tinue their strong sup­port, and we hope to see more com­pa­nies from the pri­vate sec­tor con­tribut­ing to­wards those who are less for­tu­nate within our com­mu­nity.”

Caring for or­phans

The Chil­dren’s Home is the only en­tity in Kuwait that is re­spon­si­ble for hous­ing and tak­ing care of or­phans, launched and op­er­ated by the Min­istry of So­cial Af­fairs and La­bor - So­cial Wel­fare Sec­tor. It wel­comes chil­dren of all ages, who are then cared for un­til the age of 12. Af­ter that age, boys are trans­ferred to spe­cial­ized hous­ing units, while girls are also trans­ferred to sep­a­rate spe­cial­ized hous­ing. Both build­ings are also part of the So­cial Wel­fare Sec­tor, within the Min­istry of So­cial Af­fairs and La­bor.

This ini­tia­tive comes as part of Al­ghanim In­dus­tries’ Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity (CSR) pro­gram, which is com­mit­ted to giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity, sup­port­ing ed­u­ca­tion and en­cour­ag­ing en­trepreneur­ship. Last year, the com­pany was named ‘Di­a­mond Part­ner’ by Kuwait Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety (KCRS) in recog­ni­tion of its ef­forts to sup­port KRCS by fa­cil­i­tat­ing treat­ment for needy pa­tients in Kuwait, and by help­ing Nur­ture and Ed­u­cate Stu­dents Today (NEST), which aims to raise aware­ness and sup­port ed­u­ca­tion of un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren, both lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. This year, the com­pany par­tic­i­pated in the “Give Them a Chance” cam­paign launched by the KRCS, with the aim of pro­vid­ing qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties to 13,000 non-Kuwaiti chil­dren liv­ing within the coun­try whose fam­i­lies are not able to af­ford pay­ing school fees.

Ku­tayba Al­ghanim, Nasser Al-Ay­yar and Sheikha Maryam Al-Sabah re­cieve an up­date on the or­phan­age.

The ren­o­vated houses.

Ku­tayba Al­ghanim and Sheikha Maryam Al-Sabah are seen dur­ing the visit.

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