Kuwait, 30 March 2015- As the Syria crisis enters its fifth year, UNICEF has been on the ground to meet the most urgent needs of children, with invaluable support from donors.
The State of Kuwait, one of UNICEF’s largest donors to the Syria crisis, has contributed nearly 90 million US$ to provide life-saving assistance to children impacted by the ongoing conflict.
“The support from the State of Kuwait, under the leadership of His Highness the Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, came at such a crucial time. Without this generous funding we would not have been able to reach as many Syrian children” said Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, prior to the opening of the third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria.
Through Kuwait’s support, UNICEF was able to reach 8.6 million Syrians with direct emergency support. Inside Syria, UNICEF procured vaccines against polio for 2.9 million children. UNICEF was also able to rehabilitate water supply systems and 4.3 million people were able to have clean water.
Kuwait has become a key partner to the “No Lost Generation Initiative”. More than one million Syrian children were reached with psychological support and around 3.7 million children were able to access education, inside Syria and in host communities through the funding received.
In 2014, His Highness was named “Humanitarian Leader” by the UN Secretary General ban Ki-moon in appreciation to the tremendous humanitarian work he has done worldwide. Designating Kuwait as a centre for humanitarian action is a further recognition of the State of Kuwait and the Kuwaiti people.
Anthony Lake UNICEF Executive Director met His Royal Highness the Emir during his visit to Kuwait last January. Mr. Lake presented His Highness with the “Kuwait Book of Achievements”. The book highlights the generous contribution of the State of Kuwait of more than US$ 95 million to support UNICEF’s humanitarian work around the world.
UNICEF continues to count on the State of Kuwait as a major global donor of humanitarian and development assistance to respond to the most urgent needs of Syria’s children.