Weekly roundup of Kuwait re­lief ef­forts

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Liv­ing up to its sta­tus as a ‘hu­man­i­tar­ian cen­ter,’ Kuwait con­tin­ued its re­lief work and cam­paigns to all those in need in the Mid­dle East and be­yond through­out the jus­tended week. Last Satur­day, in north­ern Le­banon, the Kuwait Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety (KRCS) reaf­firmed keen­ness on help­ing Pales­tinian refugees in Le­banon.

The needs of the Pales­tinian refugees’ are enor­mous and much ef­forts need to be ex­erted, KRCS Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Maha Al-Bar­jas said af­ter a meet­ing with of­fi­cials of the Pales­tinian Red Cres­cent in Le­banon.

The meet­ing was held in Al-Bed­dawi camp for Pales­tinian refugees north of the Le­banon. Bar­jas noted that Kuwait’s re­lief ef­forts are ex­tended to the Syr­ian and Pales­tinian refugees in Le­banon, as well as to Le­banese fam­i­lies.

The KRCS will sup­port the Pales­tinian coun­ter­part to pro­vide the ur­gent med­i­cal needs of the Pales­tinian refugees, she said. Over the com­ing two month, the KRCS will of­fer bread to 2,000 Pales­tinian and Syr­ian refugee fam­i­lies in Le­banon, as part of a project the so­ci­ety launched in 2011, she added.

Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Pales­tinian so­ci­ety Dr Samer She­hada voiced op­ti­mism over co­op­er­a­tion with the KRCS, laud­ing the lat­ter’s lead­ing role for help­ing the refugees and the needy. The meet­ing fo­cused on the frame­work of work­ing to­gether in Le­banon, to help refugees in the coun­try, he added.

The two sides also dis­cussed sup­port­ing the five hos­pi­tals the Pales­tinian so­ci­ety ad­min­is­ters in dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try. They have con­cluded an ini­tial agree­ment on the form of back­ing over the com­ing pe­riod.

Le­banon hosts up to 400,000 Pales­tinian refugees at 12 camps. On Fri­day, the KRCS and the Qatar Red Cres­cent (QRC) signed two agree­ments to pro­vide drink­ing wa­ter for the Syr­ian refugees, and to help those who are suf­fer­ing re­nal dis­ease in east Le­banon’s Bekaa.

Food bas­kets

On Mon­day in Riyadh, a Kuwaiti aid cam­paign dis­trib­uted 6,209 food bas­kets to more than 43,000 peo­ple in Ye­men, which capped off an aid pack­age for the war-torn na­tion. Taw­fik Mo­ham­mad, a mem­ber of the Ye­meni-Kuwaiti Re­lief Author­ity, said that the en­deavor to dole out more than 6,000 food parcels in the im­pov­er­ished na­tion’s north­west­ern Sadah prov­ince was un­prece­dented, read a press re­lease by the ‘Kuwait is By Your Side’ cam­paign. He added that a num­ber of sim­i­lar projects are im­pend­ing, all of which are geared towards the prov­ince’s need­i­est peo­ple.

The Kuwaiti aid cam­paign provided ur­gent re­lief for the Ye­meni peo­ple, run­ning the gamut from nu­tri­tional and ed­u­ca­tional as­sis­tance to health­care aid. On Thurs­day, in­sti­tu­tions from across the Pales­tinian na­tional spec­trum joined forces for 13 agree­ments worth $3 mil­lion, fi­nanced by the Kuwait Fund for Arab Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment (KFAED).

Rabhi Al-Sheikh, the deputy head of a Pales­tinian of­fice tasked with re­con­struct­ing the Gaza Strip, said that the agree­ments ham­mered out by 13 in­sti­tu­tions from across Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries, en­tail projects to re­build Gaza through a $3 mil­lion grant provided by Kuwait.

He noted that Kuwait has con­trib­uted a sum of $200 mil­lion for re­con­struc­tion ef­forts, of which $75 mil­lion has been al­lo­cated for the res­i­den­tial sec­tor. Mean­while, Pales­tinian Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Works and Hous­ing Mofeed Al-Hasayneh, on the side­lines of a cer­e­mony where the agree­ment was signed, thanked Kuwait for the coun­try’s sup­port of the Pales­tinian peo­ple.

He di­vulged that a sum of $500,000 will be ear­marked for the agri­cul­tural sec­tor, which is now in tat­ters due to the war. Egypt, Nor­way and the Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries con­vened an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence on re­con­struct­ing Gaza in Oc­to­ber 2014, to re­spond to the needs of the Pales­tinian peo­ple in the af­ter­math of Is­rael’s mil­i­tary of­fen­sive.

Aid to Ye­men

Also Thurs­day in Ye­men, Kuwait Red Cres­cent an­nounced that it will con­tinue to pro­vide med­i­cal, re­lief and de­vel­op­men­tre­lated hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to Ye­men in co­op­er­a­tion with lo­cal bodies with re­cent re­pairs to wa­ter de­sali­na­tion and med­i­cal fa­cil­ity cen­ters, its Sec­re­tary Gen­eral said.

Af­ter meet­ing Ye­men’s Am­bas­sador to Kuwait Ali Saf­faa, KRCS’s Maha Al-Bar­jas said that af­ter con­clud­ing the two projects, the or­ga­ni­za­tion is set­ting up a camp for surg­eries that can ac­com­mo­date up to 200 cases.

The project fol­lows a sim­i­lar ini­tia­tive that has al­ready re­sulted in the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of a large num­ber of or­tho­pe­dic, brain, nerve and oph­thal­mol­o­gist op­er­a­tions. The or­ga­ni­za­tion has also handed out elec­tri­cal gen­er­a­tors to hos­pi­tals across the south­west­ern city of Taiz, wheel­chairs and crutches to around 750 Ye­me­nis along with food and cholera medicine dis­trib­uted across Ye­meni gov­er­norates. In the mean­time, the Ye­meni am­bas­sador hailed th­ese ini­tia­tives, say­ing they “stem from hon­est and broth­erly feel­ings.”

Syr­ian refugees

Mean­while, on Fri­day, the hu­man­i­tar­ian ef­forts ex­erted by KRCS to aid Syr­ian refugees in­side Syria and Turkey are still on­go­ing in co­op­er­a­tion with hu­man­i­tar­ian re­lief or­ga­ni­za­tions, a KRCS of­fi­cial af­firmed. The Kuwaiti hu­man­i­tar­ian body has opened, in co­op­er­a­tion with the Turk­ish-based IHH Hu­man­i­tar­ian Re­lief Foun­da­tion (IHH), a plant in Atme vil­lage, north­ern Syria, to man­u­fac­ture med­i­cal gauze, Bar­jas stated, not­ing that the plant is one of a kind and pro­vides free gauze to field med­i­cal cen­ters in Syria.

Ob­vi­ously, KRCS and IHH have re­al­ized the im­por­tance of pro­vid­ing med­i­cal gauze in­side Syria due to its cur­rent scarcity in that coun­try, Bar­jas noted, com­mend­ing IHH’s ef­forts in launch­ing that vi­tal plant and co­op­er­a­tion in su­per­vis­ing it as well. Fur­ther­more, KRCS has also im­ple­mented, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Qatar Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety (QRCS), a co­op­er­a­tion deal on send­ing 10 mo­bile med­i­cal clin­ics to Syria for the in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons and fam­i­lies hail­ing from Aleppo city, she men­tioned, adding that the clin­ics were fully equipped with med­i­cal sets, in­stru­ments, and phar­ma­cies. The mo­bile clin­ics also in­cluded med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion tents that cov­ered vast geo­graphic ar­eas in Idlib and Aleppo, KRCS chief said, not­ing that the tents helped in treat­ing around 17,000 pa­tients.

Al-Amal Hos­pi­tal

KRCS has also be­gan to co­op­er­ate with its Qatari coun­ter­part in back­ing Al-Amal Hos­pi­tal in Re­hanli, Turkey to treat sick Syr­ian refugees, Bar­jas said, not­ing that the hos­pi­tal is part of KRCS’ hu­man­i­tar­ian projects for the Syr­ian refugees. The Kuwaiti hu­man­i­tar­ian body has also backed an or­phan­age in Gaziantep, Turkey to qual­ify or­phans and em­power them to in­te­grate in their so­ci­ety, she said.

Cur­rently, KRCS is work­ing in sev­eral are­nas through de­vel­op­ment projects and pro­grams geared towards re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and em­pow­er­ment to help con­flict-stricken so­ci­eties re­store their or­di­nary life and so­cial in­te­gra­tion, Bar­jas men­tioned. —KUNA

KRCS vol­un­teers pro­vide sup­port to Pales­tinian refugees in Le­banon.

Kuwait Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety work­ers dis­trib­ute hu­man­i­tar­ian aid.

KRCS sup­ports Pales­tinian refugees in Le­banon.

KRCS Sec­re­tary Gen­eral chief Maha Al-Bar­jas meets with Ye­men’s Am­bas­sador to Kuwait Ali Saf­faa.

KRCS del­e­ga­tion in­spects Al-Bed­dawi camp for Pales­tinian refugees.

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