Weekly roundup of Kuwait’s hu­man­i­tar­ian ac­tion

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KUWAIT: Liv­ing up to its UN recog­ni­tion as ‘In­ter­na­tional Hu­man­i­tar­ian Cen­ter’, Kuwait con­tin­ued aid­ing peo­ple in need through­out the world last week. Start­ing with UN Refugee Agency (UN­HCR) and a Kuwaiti pri­vate com­pany launched early of last week a cam­paign to re­vive hope among refugee chil­dren, in which 20,000 stu­dents would take part. UN­HCR said in a state­ment the “Let us Re­vive Hope for Refugee Chil­dren” cam­paign, launched in co­op­er­a­tion with Al-Jeri Hold­ing Group for ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices, would fea­ture par­tic­i­pa­tion of 20,000 stu­dents, aged be­tween 12-18 years old, to en­cour­age them share com­mon things with the refugee chil­dren. The cam­paign, due un­til end of next March, aims at help­ing refugee chil­dren feel safe, thus the stu­dents would use paint­ing or re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als to ex­press their feel­ings to­wards the refugees, said the agency. UN­HCR said the cam­paign also aimed at in­creas­ing aware­ness through cul­ture and art, not­ing that the best five paint­ings would be re­warded. Dr Hanan Ham­dan, head of UN­HCR of­fice in Kuwait, said the UN agency was co­op­er­at­ing with all seg­ments of the so­ci­ety to sup­port the cause of refugees around the globe, of them over 50 per­cent were chil­dren.

On an­other front, Kuwait an­nounced vol­un­tary con­tri­bu­tions worth $6.4 mil­lion for var­i­ous UN bod­ies and pro­grams for 2019. The con­tri­bu­tions in­cluded $2 mil­lion for United Na­tions Re­lief and Works Agency for Pales­tine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and $1 mil­lion for the United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees (UN­HCR), said mem­ber of Kuwait’s per­ma­nent mis­sion to the UN Talal Al-Fas­sam at the UN Pledg­ing Con­fer­ence for De­vel­op­ment Ac­tiv­i­ties for 2019 late last Mon­day. He said that the con­tri­bu­tions also in­clude $1 mil­lion for the Emer­gency Re­sponse Fund, $570,000 for the UN De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram’s (UNDP), $500,000 for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tu­ber­cu­lo­sis and Malaria and $500,000 for the United Na­tions Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights (OHCHR). He added that Kuwait’s con­tri­bu­tions will also cover many UN pro­grams ded­i­cated for chil­dren, en­vi­ron­ment, women and many other vi­tal fields.

Mean­while, Kuwait’s Al-Salam so­ci­ety for hu­man­i­tar­ian and char­ity work, launched a cam­paign to col­lect do­na­tions to al­le­vi­ate the suf­fer­ing of peo­ple of the war-torn Syria and Ye­men Syr­i­ans and Ye­me­nis ahead of the win­ter. The so­ci­ety’s Pub­lic Re­la­tions Di­rec­tor, Dhari Al-Bai­jan said that they aim to send 50 trucks of aid to Syria and Ye­men. The aid would in­clude food­stuff, clothes, blan­kets, he pointed out. He stated that the trucks will sta­tion at Kazma’s sports club park­ing for 10 days to col­lect do­na­tions. On an­other in­ter­na­tional front, Di­rec­tor of Arab ad­min­is­tra­tion in the United Na­tions In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Or­ga­ni­za­tion (UNIDO), Basil Al-Khatib praised the level of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Kuwait and the or­ga­ni­za­tion in achiev­ing sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ments. Khatib said in a state­ment mark­ing the oc­ca­sion of The Arab In­ter­na­tional Alu­minum Con­fer­ence (ARABAL), which is sched­uled to be held to­day, adding that Kuwait en­cour­ages in­dus­trial and com­pre­hen­sive de­vel­op­ments in the world to ex­ert ef­forts to erad­i­cate poverty. — KUNA

Kuwait’s Al-Salam so­ci­ety for hu­man­i­tar­ian and char­ity work launched a cam­paign to col­lect do­na­tions to sup­port Syr­i­ans and Ye­me­nis ahead of the Win­ter.

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