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Alghanim Industries restores houses for orphans
August 22, 2015, 2:15 pm

Alghanim Industries, one of the largest, privately-owned companies in the Gulf region, announced that it will cover the second phase costs of The Children Home project, launched by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor - Social Welfare Sector. The second phase, which began this year, includes the restoration and renovation of six homes and one central kitchen, followed by the restoration of an outdoor play area, all of which will improve the lives of the orphans.

The new homes will be modeled on the United Nation’s SOS Children’s Villages system, which is based on the ‘Alternative Mother’ concept, where orphaned children are given the opportunity to live and grow up in independent homes with ‘brothers’ and ‘sisters’ and an alternative mother. This will replace the old system used previously in the orphanage, where all children lived in one dwelling, and slept in dormitories that lacked the warmth stemming from family closeness.

Alghanim Industries made its contribution through Khair Al Kuwait, a charity organization operating under the supervision of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, which is restoring The Children Home buildings.  The work is being carried out in five phases.  Phase one, which included restoring four houses, medical clinic, theater, and multi-usage hall, has been completed and phase two is under process and due for completion by October 2015.

The houses have been designed by SSH, one of the leading architecture and engineering consultancy companies in the MENA region. SSH donated its services free of charge as part of its corporate social responsibility. The company designed the houses based on the children’s needs and lifestyle.

The six houses are placed in two rows facing each other, and separated by a small space where children can gather and play. The design also includes an open backyard to be used by the children. This is in addition to many other improvements such as painting the home facades in different colors, allowing the children to recognize their home easily.

Upon completion of Phase 2 of the project, the six houses will accommodate between 24 and 36 children.  Each house consists of three rooms for children, a mother’s room, a family room, a bathroom and a kitchen.

Commenting on this initiative, Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor Undersecretary, Dr. Matar Al Mutairi, said: “The Children Home project is one of the key projects initiated by the Social Welfare Sector at the Ministry.  It targets children from newborn onwards, offering them a safe and secure environment to develop. When the restoration and renovation of these houses is completed, we will be introducing the same system of care as that used by the organization of SOS Children's Villages.  This offers children an alternative mother, as well as brothers and sisters, providing them with excellent care in a home-like environment.”

He added: “We are very pleased to collaborate with Alghanim Industries on such an important project and we appreciate its efforts in supporting such a humanitarian initiative. The support of the private sector for government owned projects is a behavior that forms part of the history of Kuwait and we hope these important partnerships will continue.”

Chairman of Khair Al Kuwait, Mrs. Feryal Duaij Al-Sabah, said: "Among the charity projects we have initiated and managed at Khair Al Kuwait, we give special importance to The Children Home Project as we believe it is fundamental to changing the lives of children for the better, and reflects the real meaning of humanitarian values and morals. I would like to thank Alghanim Industries for supporting this project and many others in Kuwait and outside Kuwait, and I would encourage other companies to take positive steps to support these types of projects, from which the whole community can benefit”.

Commenting on the initiative, Kutayba Y. Alghanim, Chairman of Alghanim Industries, said: “We are thrilled to be part of this important humanitarian project in Kuwait that serves the interests of orphaned children while they are growing up.  These homes will ensure that children will get excellent care in a secure, home-like atmosphere, similar to the family environment that children enjoy when living among their siblings and parents in their own home.

Alghanim Industries is committed to charitable work and to extending a helping hand to the less fortunate, especially in Kuwait - this generous country which is always available to assist those in need. This is why we have showed great interest in the Children Home project.  Our team has not spared any efforts to help Khair Al Kuwait complete this stage. We are happy to have been part of this initiative where the public and private sectors are joining forces to support an important national and humanitarian project such as The Children Home.”

As part of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, Social Care Sector initiative, The Children Home project is the only venue offering shelter and care for orphaned children in Kuwait.  It welcomes children from all age groups and cares for them until they reach the age of 12. The boys are then transferred to their own housing and girls to a hospitality building.  Both buildings are under the supervision of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor -Social Care Sector.

This initiative is part of the Alghanim Industries social responsibility program of empowering the needy, supporting the education sector and encouraging entrepreneurship and emphasizes its commitment of giving back to society.

Alghanim Industries was recently named a “Diamond Partner” by the Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCD) in recognition of its efforts to support KRCD by facilitating treatment to patients who are unable to afford it in Kuwait and for helping Nurture and Educate Students Today (NEST), which aims to raise awareness and support education of underprivileged children.  

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