KUWAIT RED CRESCENT SPARES NO EFFORT TO HELP SYRIAN REFUGEES
By Arwa Al-Wugayyan
KUWAIT, Mar 11 – Since the eruption of the Syrian crisis in Mar, 2011, the Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) has spared no effort in offering aid to those forced to abandon their homeland and flee the war to neighbouring countries.
Over the past five years, the society has been providing relief aid to meet the needs of the refugees and alleviate their sufferings.
In addition, the assistance to the refugees has been extended to include education opportunities for children.
Refugees’ sufferings have been aggravated in host states, like Jordan and Lebanon, which are facing hard economic conditions and cannot even grant job opportunities for their people; how can they offer dignified living conditions for the ‘guests’? The KRCS has offered up to 25,000 school bags to Syrian pupils in Jordan, besides opening a dentistry clinic, KRCS Media Officer, Khalid Al-Zaid told KUNA. The society has also paid education fees for 16,000 university students in the Hashemite Kingdom (Jordan).
In addition, the society presented five infant incubators to the Jordanian Red Crescent Hospital in Amman, and paid USD 500,000, so that Syrian patients, especially children, can receive free medical care, he added.
The society has also paid for the restoration of two old schools, where more than 1,400 Syrian students are educated, besides circumcising 3,000 children in Al-Zaatari refugee camp.
According to Al-Zaid, in 2014, up to 306,000 tonnes of food stuff, clothes and medical supplies were sent to the refugees, in cooperation with the Jordanian Red Crescent.
He said that, more than 21,000 Syrian families benefited from a bread project the KRCS launched in the Kingdom.
In 2015, 290,000 tonnes of food stuff and medical supplies were distributed among the refugees in Jordan, together with supporting the Jordanian Red Crescent Hospital with USD 500,000, (Spring clothings were offered to 400 refugee families).
Very recently, the KRCS paid for implanting a cochlea (a spiral tube, shaped like a snail shell, forming part of the inner ear) for an eight-year old Syrian girl, Asayel, enabling her to hear the voices of her parents and her four brothers and sisters for the first time since her birth.
Kuwait’s Ambassador in Amman, Hamad Al-Duaij, visited Asayel in hospital after she was operated on.
Following the operation, the KRCS helped Asayel receive three-month training on hearing and utterance at a specialised centre.
According to Al-Zaid, the KRCS is working on lists of similar cases to be treated in the future.
In the same context, the society has drawn up a plan to provide treatment to cancer patients, in cooperation with King Hussein Cancer Centre in the Jordanian capital, he said.
Al-Zaid stressed that the KRCS humanitarian efforts came, in response to directives by the Kuwaiti Amir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah