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Kuwait donates USD one million for Gaza children.

| By Sherouq Sadeqi (with photos) WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (KUNA) -- The American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) said here Thursday that it is "honored" and "deeply touched" by the donation of USD one million from the government of Kuwait to fund the agency's work with children in Gaza. Kuwait's Ambassador to the U.S., Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, presented the donation to ANERA Board Chair Edward Gnehm.

This is the third of Kuwait's continuous contributions for work in Gaza. Earlier, USD one million gifts helped ANERA operate its Milk for Preschoolers program, expand early childhood development projects and renovate more than 40 preschools in Gaza to create a safe learning environment where children can learn and express their creativity.

On this occasion, the Ambassador affirmed that "Kuwait has always been a steadfast supporter of the Palestinian people and at the forefront of humanitarian efforts." He added "especially at this time of crisis, Kuwait is most concerned about the welfare of young children in Gaza." "My government is touched by all that ANERA is doing in Gaza and wants to continue to support the programs," he remarked. He noted that he is "happy to be here yet again and every time I come there is another contribution for ANERA," which reflects Kuwait's continuous effort and commitment.

The Ambassador stressed the importance of "this sum in particular, as we all witnessed what has been going on in Gaza in the past few weeks which is very heart wrenching." "For us to be able to help in our small way with the programs for kindergarten schools and preschoolers is something that affects us enormously and that is what I am here today to say, that Kuwait supports what you all do and thank each one of you for everything that you do in that part of the whole, as they are in need of every help they can get," he noted.

The donation will help fund health care and education projects aimed at preschoolers to help improve their chances for a better life. For his part, Gnehm said "this generous gift strengthens ANERA's capacity to care for young Palestinian children who are the building block for the next generation of Palestinian entrepreneurs, educators and political leaders." Also, ANERA President Bill Corcoran said "we are deeply touched by the confidence of Kuwait in ANERA to be the vehicle to implement the generosity of the Kuwaiti people." He added "this honor three times in a row is deeply felt, especially by our staff in Gaza. as this is one of those acts that lets them know that they are not forgotten in a big way." "We are deeply honored by your confidence and by the chance now to tackle so many immediate needs for the children, their parents and everyone else in Gaza who are struggling just for a little bit of dignity," he remarked.

For over 43 years, ANERA has been a leading provider of development, health, education and employment programs to Palestinian communities and impoverished families throughout the Middle East. In 2011, the relief and development agency delivered USD 65 million of programs to the people of the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon and Jordan. (end) si.rk KUNA 140904 Dec 12NNNN

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Date:Dec 14, 2012
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