Press Release

UNHCR and Tanmeia Foundation launch Ramadan campaign to support Rohingya refugees

31 March 2022

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency in Kuwait has partnered with the Global Charity Association for Development, Tanmeia Foundation, in launching its Ramadan campaign, with the aim of gathering support for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh during the holy month of Ramadan.

The launching event was held in the UN House "Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah Building," and attended by UNHCR's Representative in Kuwait, Nisreen Rubaian, Dr. Nasser Al Ajmi, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and General Manager of Tanmeia, UNHCR’s Chief of Private Sector Partnerships in MENA, Houssam Chahine, Kuwaiti Artist, Humood Al Khudher, in addition to UNHCR partners in Kuwait.

The campaign aims to raise funds to support UNHCR's humanitarian response to Rohingya refugees needs in Cox’s Bazaar,Bangladesh, which includes securing adequate shelter solutions and ensuring basic needs, such as food, medicine, healthcare services, education, clean water, and education.

Nisreen Rubaian, UNHCR's Representative in Kuwait, expressed her appreciation for Tanmeia's support to UNHCR's humanitarian activities. "Our private sector and charity partners have supported around half a million Rohingya refugees over the past two years, which is also demonstrated in Tanmeia’s philanthropic role by lending a helping hand wherever refugees are, it also highlights Kuwait's humanitarian leadership." She added “"We look forward to strengthening our cooperation with Kuwaiti charitable associations to help displaced  and refugees worldwide."

On his part, Tanmeia’s Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and General Manager, Dr. Nasser Al Ajmi, commented on the collaboration with UNHCR, stating that, “the pandemic has left the marginalized and most vulnerable communities in dire need of urgent relief." He added: "This collaboration will provide relief assistance to those who are most in need in Bangladesh."

UNHCR’s Head of Private Sector Partnerships in Kuwait and Emerging Markets, Nader El Nakib, said: “'Tanmeia has contributed more than US$ 1 million since 2020 to support UNHCR's projects in the sectors of shelter, food, education, water, and healthcare, which were implemented in Bangladesh, Lebanon, Jordan, and Yemen. Tanmeia was the first charity to launch a public fund-raising campaign in Kuwait alongside UNHCR, during Ramadan 2020."

In this year's event, Kuwaiti artist Humood Alkhudher also launched his collaboration with UNHCR on an anthem titled "Ekhtiary" which conveys a message of peace and solidaarity on behalf of forcibly displaced people worldwide during the holy month of Ramadan.

Around one million Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazaar camps remain in need of healthcare, education, and livelihood opportunities. UNHCR and its partners are working to scale up health and education services, as well as skills and livelihood programmes.



Khaled Kabbara

Communications Officer - GCC Countries

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Loulwah Al-Tarkeet

Assistant External Relations Officer - UNHCR Kuwait

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Nisreen Rubaian

Nisreen Rubaian

Representative to the State of Kuwait
Ms. Nisreen Rubaian was appointed as the Representative of UNHCR to the State of Kuwait in September 2021 by the High Commissioner.

Ms. Rubaian served with UNHCR for over 20 years. Prior to her current appointment, Ms. Rubaian was UNHCR’s Representative to Romania. She also served in a number of different posts and positions in Jordan, Nauru, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, UAE, and Libya.

Ms. Nisreen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and English Studies from Jordan University - Jordan. She attained her Masters in Human Rights, International Law from University of Bristol – United Kingdom.

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