Big Heart Foundation donation aids 46,000 Syrian refugees
SHARJAH // Tens of thousands of refugees have benefited from a Dh7 million donation from the Big Heart Foundation.
The foundation made the donation to UNHCR, the UN’s refugee agency, and the money was used to help more than 46,000 Syrian refugees and 4,000 Rohingya Muslims in Indonesia.
About Dh5m will go to providing healthcare for refugees in the Zaatari Camp in Jordan. Dh1m will be spent on helping Syrian refugees in vulnerable situations and a further Dh1m to thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar.
“Ensuring sufficient healthcare is available for refugees living in Zaatari Camp is of critical importance to their health, emotional and mental state and to the general welfare of camp residents,” said Mariam Al Hammadi, director of Salam Ya Seghar, an initiative by the foundation to improve refugee children’s welfare.
“Under the guidance and inspirational leadership of Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed, the Ruler of Sharjah, the Big Heart Foundation seeks to alleviate the suffering of those affected by wars and disaster and to enable them to look forward with hope.
“The clinic now provides comprehensive primary, mental, and reproductive healthcare services to camp residents on a 24-hour basis.”
A further 2,000 refugee families living in urban areas of Jordan will be supported through payment of rent, food, fuel and clothes.
“Rohingya people are considered stateless and are unrecognized by their government, and often face hostility in their home countries,” said Ms Al Hammadi. “For this reason many have fled by boat, and fallen prey to unscrupulous human traffickers, risking all for a better life overseas.”
The foundation is supporting UNHCR efforts to help thousands of families.
Updated: July 25, 2015 04:00 AM