Al­ghanim In­dus­tries joins UNHCR of­fi­cials in a visit to Zaatari refugee camp in Jor­dan

Cri­sis pre­sents dis­rup­tion to fun­da­men­tals of MENA econ­omy: Al­ghanim

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

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

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