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First relief flight of Kuwait’s ‘air bridge’ arrives in Sudan
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 31, (KUNA): Kuwaiti humanitarian and welfare associations are helping low-income families with donations at launch of the new scholastic season where financial burdens on them noticeably pile up.
As regularly each year, Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) has distributed 2,000 school bags, stationary and uniforms for children of these families.
The initiative is an earnest effort on the venerable Kuwaiti charity’s part to help the children get an auspicious start to the new school year, KRCS Chairman Dr Hilal Al-Sayer told the press.
The annual endeavor is a testament to the charity’s commitment to a sound education and a demonstration in support of students, he added.
Dr Hilal Al-Sayer said in a statement that the society would continue aiding these families in future years.
Almost simultaneously, the society has launched the project, “donate to educate them,” to aid students – for the sixth year in a row. The KRCS deputy chairman, Anwar Al-Hasawi, said in a statement, on margins of launching the campaign at 360 Mall, that the society would cover school fees for 5,000 students.
Last year, the society paid the school fees for 4,260 students, including 22 ones of special needs, he said.
Meanwhile, the first relief flight of Kuwait’s humanitarian “air bridge” arrived on Friday at Khartoum International Airport carrying 40 tons of food and humanitarian aid to Sudan. This flight was sent to aid people who suffered from flash floods across the states of the nation.
In a statement for KUNA, Kuwait’s Ambassador in Khartoum Bassam Al-Qabandi said an “aerial bridge” was initiated with the arrival of the first relief flight carrying 40 tons of humanitarian aid by the KRCS, with the aim to help out the victims of the floods in 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 off their suffering,” he continued.
“Kuwait is known to be humanitarianly-active in responding to the calls of the needy, everywhere in the world,” he said.
“We are expecting the arrival of another airplane here in Khartoum on Monday carrying more and more humanitarian supplies for the victims,” he added.
On the other hand, Dr Al-Sayer said the organization will provide all necessary needs and aid to support “our brothers in Sudan, on and off the field.”
Torrential rains and floods have battered Sudan for over a month, affecting nearly 200,000 people across 15 states.
Also in Sudan, the International Al-Rahma Organization distributed aid to people affected with the floods in Khartoum’s suburbs. Up to 1,000 food parcels were distributed to people stricken with the catastrophe.
Moreover, the KRCS executed during August a number of multifaceted humanitarian projects in the war-torn country of Yemen, said an official.
Speaking to KUNA, KRCS Director General Abdulrahman Al-Oun revealed that the project – carried out in coordination with Yemen’s Estijaba (response) network – provided necessary medical equipment and water resources to the Yemeni people.
Fifteen incubators were provided to a number of hospitals in Yemen with 5,670 premature babies benefiting from the medical apparatus, revealed Al-Oun, adding that water wells were also dug in Yemen’s Sah city offering clean water to 1,320 people.
He revealed that the KRCS also carried out Eid Udhiya (sacrificial meat) projects in the several towns and cities in Yemen, benefiting 4,266 people.
A cornerstone for a well project in Marib city was set, Al-Oun indicated, saying that 3,500 families will benefit from the well.
Also, the KRCS Director General called on those eager to do more good for the Yemeni people to continue providing a helping hand, stressing that their contributions were important.
Report by Mohammad Al-Gaabiri