Starbucks, Mothercare and Debenhams brands join forces to support young Kuwaitis with disabilities
Kuwait: 27 July 2011: At a special ceremony held at P.F. Chang’s restaurant at The Avenues on Wednesday, July 27th 2011, representatives from the Kuwaiti Society for the Guardians of the Disabled (KSGD), and M.H.Alshaya, celebrated the succesful conclusion of its 2011 summer internship partnership.
The collaboration between KSGD and Alshaya started in 2010 when Starbucks provided young people with disabilities the opportunity to join the workforce for the summer and receive supervised training. Starbucks commmitment has continued into 2011 and this year, two additional brands managed by Alshaya, Mothercare and Debenhams, also joined the programme. Overall ten young Kuwaitis with special needs took part and store teams, supported by KSGD volunteer supervisors, helped the young people work for a few hours a day, five days a week at Alshaya operated stores in The Avenues and Souq Sharq.
To celebrate their achievements, each of the young Kuwaiti men and women received certificates in the presence of their parents and guests, which recognised their successful completion of the programme.
Commenting at the event Mrs. Rehab Boresli, President of the Kuwaiti Society for the Guardians of the Disabled said: “The Kuwaiti Society for the Guardians of the Disabled (KSGD) was established to advocate for the rights and needs of persons with disabilities in Kuwait. An important aspect of our work is to raise awareness about Kuwaiti youth with special needs through sports activities, summer internships, arts and crafts and dialogue with parents and partners in the community. Our partnership with Alshaya supports these objectives and we are delighted to join them in congratulating these young interns.”
Speaking about the successful completion of the programme, Mohammed Alshaya, Executive Chairman of M.H. Alshaya, said: “At Alshaya we are committed to developing the skills of young people in our community and are very pleased that these young interns have had a successful time with us. Our store managers and store teams were delighted to work with the young participants and we believe that they have gained some valuable skills to help them in the future life. We congratulate each of them on their achievements.”