KidZania Kuwait collaborates with Zakat House to launch first charity organization in KidZania

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Up to 8000 kidZos collected to redeem school stationery for children in need!

KidZania Kuwait Governor, Fernando Medroa, Zakat House Representatives, Mrs. Kawthar Al Musallam, Mr. Naif Al Jeemaz and Mr. Hamad Al Marri along with KidZania’s CongreZZ members and management team at the official ribbon cutting ceremony
KidZania Kuwait Governor, Fernando Medroa, Zakat House Representatives, Mrs. Kawthar Al Musallam, Mr. Naif Al Jeemaz and Mr. Hamad Al Marri along with KidZania’s CongreZZ members and management team at the official ribbon cutting ceremony

Kuwait: KidZania Kuwait, the exciting kid-sized metropolis, has announced its collaboration with local charity Zakat House to launch KidZania’s first charity organization. Visitors will be educated on funding and the importance of charity, good deeds and giving back to others.

The launch is part of KidZania’s strong commitment to empowering kids and helping them give back to society. The new establishment will allow kids to contribute to funding a project, advocate others to donate in kidZos, KidZania’s official currency, and be part of a greater cause.

Fernando Medroa, Vice President of Leisure and Entertainment at M.H. Alshaya Co. said: “At KidZania, we aim to help children develop a range of skills and values that they will need when they grow up. Having Zakat House on board will help our kids live and learn the importance of generosity, sharing and thinking of others.”

Deputy Director of Resources and Media at Zakat House, Kawthar Al Musallam, said, “Zakat House is keen on helping kids realize the value of charity and helping others to enable them to become future pioneers in charity work, both locally and internationally.”

Al Musallam also added: “Introducing the Zakat House establishment in KidZania was to instill the importance of charity and giving back to others among kids, by encouraging them to collect funds in kidZos – KidZania’s official currency, and help finance many charity projects at the establishment in a fun role-play setting.”

Before the launch, KidZania ran a kidZos fundraising campaign led by its CongreZZ members, where kids visiting KidZania were given the chance to donate their kidZos. The amount collected was used to redeem school stationery which were donated to Zakat House for distribution to the children in need – just in time for the back to school season!

About KidZania:

Much more than a children’s museum or family entertainment center, KidZania takes interactive entertainment and learning to an entirely new level by combining role playing with real life. KidZania creates a children-centric city experience designed to educate and inspire 4 to 14-year olds – from arriving at the airport, to visiting a city center to exploring the city streets. We replicate the real world in a safe and self-contained over 7,000 square meter children-sized city. As in the real world, children choose activities – such as being a police officer, doctor, journalist or a shopkeeper – and earn money which they can then spend or save. KidZania operates just like a real city complete with buildings, paved streets, vehicles, a functioning economy and recognizable destinations in the form of “establishments” sponsored and branded by leading multi-national and local brands. The facilities are designed to educate through experience, fostering the development of life skills, but from a children perspective – it’s all about fun.

KidZania, Inc., headquartered in Mexico, is privately held. This award-winning concept is recognized globally for its unique blend of entertainment and education for children. The first KidZania opened in Mexico City in 1999. There are eighteen other locations including, Monterrey (Mexico); Tokyo, Jakarta, Koshien, Lisbon, Dubai, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Cuicuilco (Mexico) and Santiago, Bangkok, Mumbai and Cairo. To date, more than 20 million children and parents have visited the facilities globally. The trajectory continues with more facilities in development, including locations in Doha, Manila, Singapore, Moscow, London and the United States.

KidZania Kuwait is a (7,000 square meter) facility, located in The Mall – The Avenues and is operated by M.H. Alshaya Co.

About Zakat House:

In Rabi’ Al-Awal 1403 AH coincident with 16th January 1982, the law no.5 for the year1982 was issued about establishing Zakat House as a public authority with an independent budget and a legal personality and submits to the supervision of the Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs. Establishing Zakat House was a pioneering step to revive one of the Islamic pillars and facilitate its fulfillment. It works on collecting and distributing Zakat and charities by the best, most efficient and legally permissible ways that suit the rapid developments and the needs of the society.