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Qatar royal to empower local refugees

12 June 2014, 13:13

Nairobi - Refugees in Kakuma refugee camp as well as the host community are set to benefit from an education project funded by Her Highness, Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser.

The project, which will be launched in November, also seeks to find ways of partnering with the First Lady’s Beyond Zero Campaign initiative to improve maternal health care.

First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta, has met delegations from the office of the spouse of former Emir of Qatar, Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser and the United Nations who briefed her on an education project worth more than KES 1.4 billion targeting Turkana County.

Leonardo Pinheiro led the delegation from Qatar while Raouf Mazou, led the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Representative in Kenya.

“Our education project is innovative and we are interested in ways of linking this initiative with maternal health programmes, said Pinheiro.

Pinheiro said Sheikha Bint Nasser had chosen the Kenya project as a pilot programme for 44 similar initiatives she wants to sponsor worldwide.

Besides educational infrastructure, the project involves a number of programmes including talent development in sports and arts.

The delegation from Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser was also accompanied by a team from UNHCR Saudi Arabia led by Imran Riza.

Also in the delegation were Thiery Vandevelde of Veolia Foundation and Dr Talar Sahsuvaroglu of the Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery, which is the body implementing the preparations for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Kakuma refugee camp, with a population of more than 160 000 thousand has people from 16 nationalities who have sought refuge in Kenya.

Kenya hosts more than 500 000 refugees from many countries including some who have lived in the country for more than three decades.

 – CAJ News

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