Washington DC (Nov 1, 2015) – Alkhayyat Foundation announced two new grants today to support UNICEF’s efforts in scaling up the emergency response to the Syrian refugee crisis.
The first grant aims to support UNICEF’s work in providing crucial services including immunization, nutrition and water, sanitization, and health services for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey, as well as internally displaced persons and vulnerable communities inside Syria.
The conflict in Syria has displaced 7.6 million people inside the country and driven more than four million refugees abroad, mainly to Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.
The second grant is focused on children’s education, and will assist UNICEF in increasing access to safe learning spaces and learning materials, expanding access to remedial education and recreational activities, strengthening alternative education programs for out-of-school children, constructing/rehabilitating learning spaces, and supporting teacher training initiatives.
Supporting education for Syrian children remains one of the highest priorities for Alkhayyat Foundation.
According to UNICEF, one in four schools cannot be used because they have been damaged, destroyed, or are being used as shelters for the internally displaced or for military purposes. The lack of safe learning environments, coupled with a number of other factors, has meant that more than 2.7 million Syrian children are out of school and 446,000 are at risk of dropping out.
About Alkhayyat Foundation
Alkhayyat Foundation is a U.S.-based non-for-profit foundation chaired by the businessman and philanthropist Moutaz Alkhayyat. The Foundation provides monetary and in-kind support to international organizations and educational institutions working to secure a better future for vulnerable and underserved communities in the Middle East region.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization, by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when no children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit www.unicefusa.org.