Weekly roundup of Kuwaiti re­lief ef­forts

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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

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