UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency in Kuwait has partnered with the Global Charity Association for Development (Tanmeia Foundation) in launching the Ramadan campaign, with the aim of gathering support for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh during the holy month of Ramadan.
The launching event was held in the UN House “Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah Building,” and attended by UNHCR’s Representative in Kuwait, Nisreen Rubaian, Dr. Nasser Al Ajmi, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and General Manager of Tanmeia, UNHCR’s Chief of Private Sector Partnerships in MENA, Houssam Chahine, Kuwaiti Artist, Humood Al Khudher, in addition to UNHCR partners in Kuwait.
This campaign aims to raise funds to support UNHCR’s humanitarian response to Rohingya refugee needs in Cox’s Bazaar in Bangladesh, which includes securing adequate shelter solutions and ensuring basic needs, such as food, medicine, healthcare services, education, clean water, and education.
Nisreen Rubaian, UNHCR’s Representative in Kuwait, expressed her appreciation for Tanmeia’s support to UNHCR’s humanitarian activities. “Our partnership with Tanmeia Foundation has supported around 200,000 Rohingya refugees over the past two years which demonstrates Tanmeia’s philanthropic role by lending a helping hand wherever refugees are, it also highlights Kuwait’s humanitarian leadership.” She added “”We look forward to strengthening our cooperation with Kuwaiti charitable associations to help migrants and refugees worldwide.”
On his part, Tanmeia’s Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and General Manager commented on the collaboration with UNHCR, stating “The pandemic has left the marginalized and most vulnerable communities in dire need of urgent relief.” He added: “This collaboration will provide relief assistance to those who are most in need in Bangladesh.”
UNHCR’s Private Sector Partnerships in Kuwait, Nader El Nakib, said: “’Tanmeia has contributed more than US$ 1 million since 2020 to support UNHCR’s projects in the sectors of shelter, food, education, water, and healthcare. Which were implemented in Bangladesh, Lebanon, Jordan, and Yemen. Tanmeia was the first charity to launch a public fund-raising campaign alongside UNHCR during Ramadan 2020.”
In this year’s event, Kuwaiti artist Humood Al Khudher revealed his collaboration with UNHCR on an anthem titled “My Choice” which conveys a message of peace and love on behalf of forcibly displaced people worldwide during the holy month of Ramadan.
Around one million Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazaar camps remain in need of healthcare, education, and livelihood opportunities. UNHCR and its partners are working to scale up health and education services, as well as skills and livelihood programmes.