An Afghan mother cries with relief as she clasps her child upon arrivalon the shores of Lesvos.
© UNHCR/Giles Duley

About Sheikha Rima al-Sabah

Sheikha Rima al-Sabah was appointed as a U.S. National Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency in January 2015. She is a philanthropist, former journalist and wife of Kuwaiti Ambassador to the United States Sheikh Salem al-Sabah.

“I am honored to be a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, an organization that has long been close to my heart and one that assists millions worldwide who are fleeing war and conflict,” said Sheikha Rima.

Sheikha Rima has an unwavering commitment to humanitarian issues and a genuine commitment to help those in need through her philanthropic and fundraising work in Washington, DC, that has helped raise millions of dollars to fight malaria, build schools and fund hospitals for children.

Her dedication and passion for philanthropy helps to mobilize further life-saving support and resources for our work globally and particularly the mega-crisis in the Middle East.

Sheikha Rima is the founder and chairman of the Kuwait-America Foundation’s annual gala dinner that has raised more than $17 million for various causes and organizations. In recent years, the gala has raised funds for Iraqi women and children refugees as well as Syrian refugees throughout the Middle East