(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Report by Ghadeer Al-Abdullah
KUWAIT, Sept 7 (KUNA) -- Kuwait's humanitarian aid activities continued to cover several areas locally and internationally to help those in need in all fields.
Supporting the nations in need for assistance is a pillar in Kuwait's status as a "Humanitarian Center," thanks to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, designated by the United Nations as "the Leader of Humanitarian Action." As part of local charities, the Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) announced earlier this week that it will continue its "donate to educate" campaign at the Avenues Mall which aims to benefit the students from needy families in Kuwait for the sixth consecutive year The chairman of KRCS Dr. Hilal Al-Sayer said in a press statement that increasing needs of families to educate their children necessitated organizing a fundraising campaign from Kuwaiti people and residents in order to provide underprivileged children an education that will be a foundation for their economic and social empowerment.
Kuwait strives to help people in other countries around the world, the Chairman of the United Iraqi Medical Society for Relief and Development (UIMS) Dr. Ahmad Al-Hayti said on Monday, praising Kuwait's role in providing humanitarian aid to displaced people all over Iraqi provinces, adding that Kuwait's Red Crescent extend a helping hand to needy people in various countries all over the world He expressed his gratitude to Kuwait and His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for his continuous support and guidance to Kuwaiti charities.
In a statement to KUNA after meeting the Chairman of KRCS, Al-Hayti said that medical, relief and development projects presented to the displaced Iraqis were reviewed, adding that these activities aim to alleviate there suffering, improve their living conditions and rehabilitate them to return to their towns, villages and their normal lives.
He appreciated coordination with the KRCS in financing a project of operating and equipping three mobile medical hospitals, noting that the number of patients admitted per day exceeds 200.
For his part, Dr. Al-Sayer mentioned that Kuwaiti assistance included relief, medical, developmental and other fields, pointing to the campaign "Kuwait beside you" which distributed food aid and adopted construction of schools and health centers for the displaced Iraqis in various governorates of Iraq.
The Consulate General of Kuwait in Irbil, Omar Al-Kanderi, issued on Thursday a brochure about humanitarian aid provided by Kuwait to the displaced Iraqis since 2015 on the occasion of the International Charity Day on 5th of September.
Al-Kanderi said to KUNA that the number of beneficiaries of the relief program "Kuwait Beside you campaign" reached 2,367,000 through the distribution of 377,500 food baskets, 38,000 heaters, 66,735 blankets. Moreover, 13,000 vouchers, each worth USD 50, were distributed in addition to 270,000 liters of kerosene.
As for the support of Syrian refugees in Kurdistan region, many projects were provided to develop the infrastructure of the Syrian refugee camps in the Republic of Iraq which aims to improve shelter, water and sanitation conditions for more than 73,000 Syrian refugees.
Meanwhile, the Kuwaiti Office for Charitable Projects in Cairo has donated 13 million Egyptian pounds (USD 785,000) to the Egyptian Orman Charitable Society to execute a number of humanitarian and charitable projects for low-income people.
The director of the Kuwaiti Office Awatif Al-Yetamah said in a statement to KUNA that the financial donation is from Al-Najat Charity association in Kuwait to help the poor families in Egypt by providing small booths for low-income people as small development projects, build houses for poor families and provide assistance to orphans as well as conduct heart operations for needy patients.
For his part, Chairman of the Orman Charitable Society, Major General Mamdouh Shaaban, thanked the generous people of Kuwait and the Kuwaiti Office for Charitable Projects in Cairo for their charitable and humanitarian support.
Elsewhere, a third plane of Kuwait's humanitarian "air bridge" carrying humanitarian aid meant for the victims of flash floods across Sudan landed on Friday, said Kuwait Red Crescent Society Secretary (KRCS). Speaking to KUNA, KRCS Secretary General Maha Al-Barjas said that the Kuwaiti plane was laden with food sent from Direct Aid Society to be delivered to the people of Sudan.
This initiative comes from His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's instructions for aiding "our brothers abroad to ease their suffering," she said.
On Monday, the second relief flight of Kuwait's humanitarian "air bridge" arrived at Khartoum International Airport carrying 40 tons of food and humanitarian aid. This flight was sent to aid people who suffered from flash floods across the states of the nation, where nearly 200,000 people across 15 states were affected.
Sudan's Commissioner-General for Humanitarian Aid Mohammed Fadlallah Siraj was appreciative of the Kuwaiti aid, thanking the country for its swift response to the humanitarian crisis caused by the natural disaster.
The Sudanese embassy in Kuwait on Thursday hailed Kuwait's humanitarian role and expressed its deep appreciation and sincere thanks to the Government and people for the assistance provided by voluntary and humanitarian organizations to those affected by the floods In a statement, the embassy praised Al-Sayer and his assistant Maha Al-Barjas as well as the chairman of direct aid Society Abdullah Al-Sumait for the efforts, noting that the they have never hesitated to help their second country Sudan and stand along with their brothers.
The Kuwaiti medical team, which also included Dr. Azzam Al-Zeer and Dr. Abdullah Al-Nuaimi from Qatar, examined 20 Syrian patients of different ages in Sevgi hospital in Reyhanli town of Hatay, southern Turkey, Dr. Faisal Al-Hajri, a urologist at Al-Farwaniya Hospital told KUNA Saturday.
He added that each operation lasted three hours during which a urinary urethra was repaired for a Syrian young man and a urinary valve was planted for another Syrian man suffering from complete urinary incontinence. Other surgeries were carried out for a 17-year-old Syrian man and two Syrian children who were injured in the war.
Dr. Al-Hajri had performed several surgeries during his previous voluntary visits, which began in November 2015. The Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Al-Haj Amadou Sy, on Thursday, praised Kuwait's efforts and its positive impact on the international humanitarian sector.
This came after Amadou and his accompanying delegation met with Al-Sayer to discuss challenges facing the humanitarian arena, adding that it was agreed to enhance aspects of joint work through memorandums of understanding signed between the two sides.
Amadou added that KRCS is one of the effective national societies in the region and the world. It strongly adopts directives of the International Federation and works to achieve goals and principles of the international movement by seeking to support those affected and needy by natural or man-made disasters.
He expressed his deep thanks to the association for its support to the Union to combat the spread of Ebola virus in new areas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo resulting from repeated humanitarian crises, noting that the danger to other cities and regions in the Congo and neighboring countries remains.
On his part, Dr. Al-Sayer stressed the association's keenness to work and coordinate with humanitarian organizations, adding that efforts should be increased due to the great needs, especially for the most affected countries such as Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Congo. (end) gaa