In 2008, the Palestinian crisis compelled Salam Ya Sighar (SYS) Palestine to be formed. SYS Palestine is a campaign fund that aims to improve the health, rehabilitation, care and nutritional situation for children in Palestine. SYS aims to alleviate the suffering of Palestinian children and their families and help children grow up with dignity and respect. Since 2008, SYS has expanded its mandate. In addition to helping children in Palestine, The Big Heart Foundation also extends support for refugee children battling cancer.
The aim is to guarantee long-term sustainability through the implementation of vital services and to support people in need. Beneficiaries include children and families in need and children with cancer. The Big Heart Foundation works across varied sectors as health and shelter, protection, food security, economic assistance, humanitarian aid, emergency relief and education.
SYS falls under The Big Heart Foundation umbrella and includes all HH Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi’s international initiatives that support children. Any future philanthropic initiatives for children launched outside of the UAE by HH Sheikha Jawaher will also fall under The Big Heart Foundation.