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Kuwait’s KRCS opens project for Syrian orphans in Turkey

KD 42,000 project to benefit 140 orphans

Chairman of the Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS), Dr Hilal Al-Sayer with Syrian orphans

ANKARA, April 28, (KUNA): Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) opened Saturday a multipurpose project for Syrian orphan refugees in Gaziantep city, south of Turkey.

During the project’s opening ceremony, KRCS Chairman of the Board Dr Hilal Al-Sayer said that the total cost of the project was around KD 42,000 ($142,000), indicating that 140 orphans will benefit from the various services provided by the 15 staff and administrators.

He said that the current project was part of various endeavors sponsored by KRCS and executed by Al- Sham orphan society and the Qatari Red Crescent Society. Dr Al-Sayer affirmed that the KRCS’s efforts were an extension of Kuwait’s unwavering supportive stance for Syrian refugees in Turkey and elsewhere in the region.

Dr Al-Sayer and the KRCS delegation is scheduled to hold a meeting with members of the Qatar society later on to follow up on the situation of refugees fleeing from eastern Ghouta. Al-Sayer earlier on Friday opened an orphanage for Syrian refugee girls in Reyhanli, Hatay Province, southern Turkey.

Addressing an opening ceremony, Al-Sayer said the KRCS has always been eager to alleviate the sufferings of the Syrian orphans in Turkey, for the harsh living conditions they have been experiencing. This has motivated the KRCS to provide financial support to the humanitarian facility named “City of building humans,” in cooperation with Turkey’s Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) and the Kuwait Finance House (KFH). The project aims to offer due care for orphans as the disaster at home has taken toll on them, Al-Sayer noted.

He stressed the need to address the psychological problems and trauma that afflicted those young people, helping them rebuild confidence and have hopes in a better future. For his part, IHH Secretary General Yavuz Dede highly appreciated the KRCS and other agencies for their efforts and contribution to achieve the project. The orphanage offers various services to refugee orphans, he added, noting that providing due education for Syrian students is a challenge for the foundation. The KRCS delegation that arrived in Turkey Thursday will pay visits to several social centers and projects implemented by the IHH in Reyhanli, and will also hold a meeting with the QRCS on the humanitarian situation in Syrian eastern Ghouta, as part of the two societies’ strategic partnership in Gaziantep.

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