Weekly roundup of Kuwait re­lief ef­forts

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Liv­ing up to its sta­tus as a ‘hu­man­i­tar­ian cen­ter,’ Kuwait con­tin­ued dur­ing the last days of Ra­madan and the oc­ca­sion of Eid Al-Fitr to pro­vide aid and re­lief to needy peo­ple in the Mid­dle East and beyond. In Le­banon, Kuwait Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety (KRCS) and the Qatar Red Cres­cent (QRC) signed two agree­ments to pro­vide drink­ing wa­ter for Syr­ian refugees, and to help those who are suf­fer­ing re­nal dis­ease in east Le­banon’s Bekaa. KRCS’s Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Maha Al-Bar­jas said that the sign­ing of the agree­ment was in con­tin­u­a­tion of the Kuwaiti so­ci­ety’s ef­forts to help Syr­ian refugees since the erup­tion of the Syria cri­sis. The Bekaa hosts many refugee camps on cul­ti­vated land, where no sus­tain­able wa­ter re­sources are found, she added.

The wa­ter plant in the town will help pro­vide 40,000 liters of drink­ing wa­ter for 10,000 peo­ple, mostly Syr­i­ans stay­ing in a host of camps in Saad­nayel and neigh­bor­ing ar­eas, said Rashed Al-Mo­han­nadi, Di­rec­tor of So­cial De­vel­op­ment at QRC. Mean­while, KRCS and QRC also signed an agree­ment with the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Red Cross and Red Cres­cent So­ci­eties (IFRC) to help pro­vide health care for Syr­ian refugees who are suf­fer­ing from chronic re­nal fail­ure.

In the mean­time, Bar­jas said that KRCS is keen on ex­ert­ing ev­ery pos­si­ble ef­fort to help the Syr­ian refugees in Le­banon. KRCS has been pro­vid­ing all pos­si­ble sup­port for the Syr­ian refugees in Le­banon and other neigh­bor­ing coun­tries since the con­flict broke out in 2011, Bar­jas said dur­ing vis­its to a num­ber of projects su­per­vised by the so­ci­ety. She said KRCS has been launch­ing many projects in health, wa­ter and food sec­tors to help al­le­vi­ate suf­fer­ing of the Syr­ian refugees and ease the bur­den on the Le­banese state.

She added that KRCS was also as­sist­ing the Pales­tinian refugees in the camps in Le­banon, in ad­di­tion to a num­ber of Le­banese fam­i­lies. Bar­jas and head of the vol­un­teers depart­ment at KRCS Musaed Al-Enezi, vis­ited the ar­ti­fi­cial limbs and phys­i­cal re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion project in Bekaa. Fifty-two pa­tients ben­e­fited from the project this year only. Around 370 peo­ple ben­e­fited from ar­ti­fi­cial limbs and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion in Beirut, Tripoli, Si­don and Bekaa.

The KRCS of­fi­cials also vis­ited Rasheed Syr­ian refugee camp, which KRCS con­trib­uted to its es­tab­lish­ment to host more than 65 Syr­ian fam­i­lies. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said more than a mil­lion Syr­ian refugees live in Le­banon, while the Le­banese gov­ern­ment said the num­ber ex­ceeded 1.5 mil­lion.

In Tan­za­nia, The Kuwaiti em­bassy in the African coun­try hon­ored a num­ber of or­phans who took part in a Qu­ran mem­o­riza­tion con­test, said in a state­ment. The Kuwaiti Em­bassy in Tan­za­nia said in a state­ment that some 30 or­phans were hon­ored by Kuwaiti Am­bas­sador Jassem Al-Na­jem. The Kuwaiti diplo­mat af­firmed that his coun­try was keen on bol­ster­ing Is­lamic val­ues amongst the chil­dren and youth of Tan­za­nia, not­ing that the Qu­ran mem­o­riza­tion con­test was one of the ways to spread the mes­sage of Is­lam. —KUNA

Kuwait Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety (KRCS) pro­vides re­lief aid and med­i­cal as­sis­tance to Syr­ian refugees in Le­banon.

Kuwaiti Am­bas­sador to Tan­za­nia par­takes in a char­i­ta­ble event for or­phans.

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