Alghanim Industries joins UNHCR officials in a visit to Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan
Crisis presents disruption to fundamentals of MENA economy: Alghanim
Alghanim Industries, one of the largest private companies in the region, has been engaging with the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) to work on a joint initiative to help aid Syrian refugees. Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Chief of Staff, Dari Al-Reshaid AlBader, visited the Zaatari refugee camp located in Jordan, to observe the current conditions of the Syrian refugees and the efforts made by the UNHCR, to better their daily lives.
The Zaatari refugee camp is the largest Syrian refugee camp in the world, spread on more than sevensquare-kilometers of desert just across the Syrian border, housing more than 75,000 people in sheltered areas. The camp has turned into a semi-permanent city divided into 12 districts with schools, hospitals, playgrounds, mosques and over three thousand businesses within the camp.
Commenting on this visit, Chief Executive Officer of Alghanim Industries, Omar Kutayba Alghanim said: “The humanitarian crisis faced by the refugees presents a serious disruption to the fundamentals of the MENA economy. There is an entire generation that is growing up with minimum access to education and healthcare. We realize if the current situation remains unresolved, the region will face dire consequences in the future. We have a responsibility as business leaders and citizens of this region to support the UNHCR’s efforts in ensuring these vulnerable families have their basic needs met, and are able to maintain proper living conditions with a hope for a better future.”
After his visit to the Zaatari refugee camp, Bader said: “It is remarkable having seen firsthand the outstanding effort made by the UNHCR. Their capabilities extend beyond crisis management and humanitarian aid, having built a resettlement space to accommodate Syrian refugees in the aftermath of the conflict. I interacted with Syrian refugee families and witnessed their daily struggles and sacrifices. We look forward to cooperating with the UNHCR in addressing this regional crisis.”
Dr Hanan Hamdan, Head of the UNHCR office in Kuwait commented: “UNHCR continues its engagement with the private sector in Kuwait, which had a great and positive influence on our demarches to support refugees and persons of concern. We look at the private sector in Kuwait as a key partner that reinforces our humanitarian efforts.
The private sector is often able to provide UNHCR with innovative and creative solutions for the humanitarian crisis faced by the refugees. We aim to build a long lasting partnership with Alghanim Industries to implement and expand projects in areas and sectors of mutual concern, given the company’s track record of charity work and concern about the macro economy of the region.”
Alghanim Industries is committed to its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, which focuses on 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. And this year, the company participated in the ‘Give Them a Chance’ campaign launched by the Kuwait Red Crescent Society, 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. The company also covered the expenses of restoring houses for the Children’s Home - an orphanage launched by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor’s Social Welfare Sector for all orphans in Kuwait.
A photo of the camp showing its size.
A small store in the camp set up by the refugees.
Alghanim Industries’ CEO Omar Kutayba Alghanim