A group of local NGOs recently represented Kuwait at an international conference, aimed at bringing together non-profit initiatives and organizations from around the world to share insights and experience, provide support on best practices and build networks. The Support for Training, Advocacy, and Network Development (STAND) conference took place in Istanbul, Turkey over a period of four days, and included the participation of five Kuwaiti NGOs: Fawzia Sultan Rehabilitation Institute (FSRI), en.v, Birth Kuwait, Project 189 and Abolish 153.
During the conference, Kuwait’s thriving civil society movement was evident. With many of the workshops and discussions being led by the Kuwaiti NGOs, the Kuwaiti organizations showcased their own projects and efforts, and discussed the challenges of carrying out non-profit projects in Kuwait.
Through the training and support provided by STAND - a regional initiative aimed at building the capacity of the local civil society through training, funding, and networking opportunities - FSRI spearheaded one of the landmark projects showcased at the conference: the Kuwait Children’s Resource Center (KCRC).
The KCRC online portal, developed in collaboration with Birth Kuwait and 6abeebat,as part of a grant funded by the US-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI),is a platform offering bilingual resources to parents, professionals and the community at large to provide the best care and support for children and families in Kuwait.
“We have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with a number of local NGOs who share the same vision as ours through the STAND program. As a result of these collaborations, KCRC was developed and now stands as an important hub of information and resources for parents and professionals,” said Dr. Elham Al-Hamdan, President & Medical Director of FSRI. “With the shift in thinking becoming more community centric, we are seeing a growing and strengthening civil society in Kuwait and an increase in number of collaborative projects addressing important issues facing our society. We are really proud to be part of this, and we look forward to further partnerships with local, regional and international NGOs.”