UNICEF welcomes Kuwait’s US$ 1.25 million contribution to support humanitarian needs of children in Afghanistan and Ukraine
Kuwait City/New York, 16 June 2022 – UNICEF today welcomed the State of Kuwait’s release of new humanitarian funding to provide emergency relief for children in Afghanistan and Ukraine. The funding, $1 million for Afghanistan and $250,000 for Ukraine, will help bolster UNICEF emergency response and provide crisis-affected children with much-needed education, nutrition, health, protection, and other vital services.
“This timely funding is critical for children whose lives have been turned upside down,” said Eltayeb Adam, UNICEF Representative to the Gulf Area. “UNICEF thanks the State of Kuwait for the continued support and close partnership to ensure that no child is left behind in complex humanitarian crises that affect millions of children.”
In Afghanistan, more than half of the population – 24.4 million, including 12.9 million children – need urgent humanitarian assistance. Without support, essential services across the country, such as health, education and water and sanitation risk facing catastrophic collapse.
Nearly four months into the war in Ukraine, around 5.2 million children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance both inside the country and in countries of refuge. UNICEF and partners are on the ground delivering crucial support to vulnerable children and their families.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.