Dubai, 30th July 2013 (WAM) — Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler
of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has pledged to offer clothing to additional 1.5 underprivileged children, raising to 3 million the total number of beneficiaries under the humanitarian campaign he launched on 11 July to dress one million needy children across the world.
The initiative, concluded on 19th Ramadan, when the UAE marked the Zayed
Humanitarian Day and 9th death anniversary of the founding father, the late
Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, raised funds for clothing 1.5 million children.
Sheikh Mohammed’s donation doubled the number of recipient children to 3 million
in more than 25 countries.
Commenting on the conclusion of the campaign, Sheikh Mohammed said:”
What make us extremely glad is the spirit of goodness which prevailed during the
Holy Month of Ramadan in our beloved State under amidst the death anniversary
of the late Sheikh Zayed. Interaction of the generous UAE people with the campaign
has resulted in bringing joy to 3 million children on the Eid in addition to slew of
of giving initiatives that will benefit other millions around the world, establishing the UAE as a capital of charity, a minaret of giving and a helping hand for relieving the destitute wherever they are.”
”The UAE will pursue its Islamic, humanitarian and civilisational role in supporting
deprived people, a drive launched by the founding fathers and we are staying that
course. We will also instill this sense in our children and our generations so as the march of giving remains the a key component of the development process in our State and
a main pillar of its future,” Sheikh Mohammed added.
The Vice President praised efforts made by the UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA), which is executing the campaign, and other organisations supporting the campaign. ”I’m proud of the results the campaign has generated which comes as a fruit of giving and generosity of the UAE citizens and residents. I’m also proud of all good efforts made during the campaign which clearly demonstrated the strength of and transparency of the UAE charitable work and its influential impact on the international scene.”
The campaign has elicited unexpected response and success, reaching out to needy
children in Bosnia, Albania, Yemen, Lebanon, Egypt, Djibouti, Senegal, Zanzibar,
Tanzania, Malawi, Jordan, India, Pakistan in addition to Syrian refugee children in Jordan and Lebanon.
The RCA teams will provide clothes to children in the Philippines, Iraq, Somalia,
Ethiopia, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Thailand and Bangladesh.
Earlier, Shekh Mohammed has directed that the number of children beneficiaries to be increased after the campaign crossed the targeted one million mark.
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