Weekly roundup of Kuwaiti relief efforts
KUWAIT: Living up to its status as a humanitarian center, Kuwait continued its relief action and campaigns to all those in need in the Middle East region and beyond throughout the just-ended week. On Sunday, Kuwaiti Embassy in Tanzania celebrated the installation of six new water wells in two villages in Tanzania; this takes the total number of Kuwait-funded wells in the African country to 35. The wells are part of the ‘water well for each school’ initiative launched by Kuwait Embassy in Tanzania and funded by a number of Kuwaiti bodies and charities. Ambassador to Tanzania Jassem Al-Najem stressed Kuwait’s keenness on providing life-saving assistance, education, healthcare, clean water to all countries in need. Najem praised Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS)’s humanitarian actions and continued cooperation with the embassy in Tanzania, which resulted in inaugurating 16 wells in a number of schools in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in collaboration with other Kuwaiti humanitarian bodies.
On Sunday as well, a Kuwaiti charity kicked off a humanitarian initiative to support development in Jerusalem’s sacrosanct Al-Aqsa mosque. Chairman of Kuwait’s International Islamic Charitable Organization (IICO) Dr Abdullah AlMatouq hailed the endeavor as an effort to protect holy Islamic sites and to tackle unemployment through providing jobs. He revealed that the campaign was comprised of projects that run the gamut from educational and food aid to infrastructure and healthcare development, saying Kuwait “deplores Israel’s wanton attacks on our Palestinian brothers.”
Matouq, who is also the UN’s Special Envoy for Humanitarian Affairs and advisor to Kuwait’s Amiri Diwan, lamented the fact that around 82 percent of Palestinians in Jerusalem live below the poverty line. He stressed that coming to the aid of the Palestinian people was both a humanitarian and religious obligation.
On Monday, Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) offered food parcels to Jerusalemites stationed at the gates of the city since the beginning of Al-Aqsa crisis, KRCS Secretary General Maha AlBarjas said. Barjas added that KRCS has been of great support to the Palestinian people in various humanitarian relief aspects. The meals and cold drinks were offered to the Palestinians stationed at Al-Aqsa Mosque gates on a daily basis, as the meals reached 5,000. Kuwait has offered such aid to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian people after Israel’s installment of electronic doors on AlAqsa Holy Mosque and the series of restrictions on worshippers, she said. On Wednesday, Kuwait has delivered medical equipment worth $145,000 to a cardiac center in the eastern African nation of Tanzania. Tanzania’s Minister of Health and Community Development Ummy Mwalim received the medical supplies that will be used to equip an operating room in a cardiac center, read a statement Kuwait’s embassy in Tanzania. The medical aid would help prop up the impoverished nation’s ailing healthcare sector, where one out every 100 children is affected by a heart disorder, Kuwait’s Ambassador to Tanzania Jassem AlNajem revealed. Addressing a ceremony where the supplies were delivered, Mwalim thanked Kuwait for the aid, saying that the new equipment would ultimately help save more lives.
On Thursday, some 28 trainees have successfully completed the first “psychological counseling” program organized by the “Tarahom” (compassion) of Kuwait’s International Islamic Charity Organization (IICO) aiming to help the Syrian refugees in Jordan. The graduation ceremony was held in Amman, attended by Kuwait’s Ambassador to the Jordan Dr Hamad Al-Duaij, head of Tarahom Nasser Al-Bassam, the general supervisor of the IICO office in the Kingdom Khalil Hamad and representatives from the Jordanian Islamic Charity Center Society.
The huge effects of the conflict in Syria have prompted the training program to prepare specialists in relief and psychological treatment of the Syrian refugees, envoy Hamad told KUNA on the sidelines of the event. Since the eruption of the Syrian crisis, the Kuwaiti official and popular agencies have been providing due financial and spiritual aid to the Syrian refugees, in line with the noble directives of the Kuwaiti higher leadership to pay utmost attention to the issue, he added. Tarahom’s adoption of the program has been motivated by a desire to share the “Syrian brothers” their plight, and offering them psychological assistance, Bassam said. The psychological counseling training program is among the team’s major projects in Jordan, he noted.
Meanwhile, head of the psychological support and the general supervisor of the programs Dr Othman Al-Asfour, said that during the fivemonth training covered how to handle psychological crises. There are many Syrian refugees who are suffering psychological setbacks due to the war at home and the ensued sever impacts on them, Asfour said. Board Chairman of the Jordanian Islamic Charity Center Society Dr Jameel Al-Duissat, lauded Kuwait’s “fruitful” cooperation for providing the spiritual support to the Syrian refugees through dispatching psychology specialists and academics to the Kingdom. —KUNA