Some 1 billion students and youth across the planet were affected by school and university closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Drop-out rates across the globe are likely to rise as a result of this massive disruption and financial pressures on families are likely to exacerbate the issue, especially for the most vulnerable.
Inside the UAE, we plan to support low-income families affected by the pandemic by providing scholarships to students who meet eligibility criteria.
Internationally, we are supporting education provision to children with disabilities in Palestine. Children with disabilities are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic with numerous challenges and barriers affecting access and quality of education that is available.
Refugee COVID 19 Response
Support Healthcare Providers in Refugees Camps
Nurses, doctors, and other medical personnel in many countries around the world are struggling with a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), which is essential to keep them safe. For those working in hospitals and clinics treating potentially COVID-positive patients, infection control is a top priority. In addition to PPE, training of healthcare providers is essential.
Years of blockade and movement restrictions on people and materials, including medical supplies, compounded by the internal Palestinian divide, have led to a serious deterioration in the availability and quality of health services in the Gaza Strip; hospitals continue to lack adequate physical infrastructure, druggs, supplies and infrection prevention materials. In this context, and in one of the world’s most densely populated cities, outbreak of COVID-19 could be disastrous to the 1.9 million inhabitants of the Gaza Strip
Lebanon hosts over 1.5 million Syrian refugees and over 200 thousand palestinian refugees. Most vulnerable communities in Lebanon including syrian and palestinian refugee communities remain the most affected and the most endangered by the outbreak of COVID-19. The socio-economic situation of many refugee and lebanese families who re affected by COVID-19 has become dire. More pressingly, the existing physical, financial and human capacities and resources for healthcare providers and local initiatives are also insufficient to meet the rapidly evolving medical needs.
As of july 2019, there continue to be 660,260 Syrian refugees registered with UNHCR in jordan. Like the rest of the kingdom’s 10 million population, the residents of Zaatari camp have been in lockdown since 21 March in response to the threat of COVID-19. The living conditions at the camp present a serious challenge to containing the potential spread of disease. Two-thirds of households living in Jordan’s Syrian refugee camps have more than three people per room, making effective self-isolation impossible. Social distancing in public is also difficult in the densely populated camps.
Bangladesh has imposed a "complete lockdown" in Cox's Bazar district, home to the largest refugee camp in the world and over a million Rohingya refugees from neighboring Myanmar to halt the spread of coronavirus. It is difficult for Rohingya refugees in Coifs Bazar camps to practice good hygiene. They lack adequate access to soap, water points and latrines are communal, crowded and often poorly maintained. Soon the stifling hot, dry season in camps will give way to the lengthy monsoon season. The steady rains will leave camp residents more prone to water-borne diseases and respiratory infections that could make Rohingya more vulnerable to Covid-19 and complicate the response to an outbreak.
Kenya is host to the fifth highest number of refugees in Africa, hosting almost half a million refugees. Most refugees in Kenya reside in two camps -Kakuma and Dadaab- both in isolated parts of the country with poor national health system capacity. There is a major risk that these refugee populations may not be reached by national risk communication and preventive measures campaigns. There is also a real danger that in the event of a further expansion of coronavirus outbreak in Kenya, already existing gaps in health service provision will be widened. Government managed referral facilities do not currently have adequate capacity to manage severe COVID-19 cases.
"For those who give in Charity, men and women, and loan to Allah a Beautiful Loan, it shall be increased manifold (to their credit), and they shall have (besides) a liberal reward.” Surah Al-Hadid [57:18]
Distribution of a -1month hygiene kit to one community member (soap, hand sanitizer, face masks)
Install one community hand washing and disinfecting station
Provision of PPE for one healthcare worker for a period of 1 month (including mask, face shield, disinfectant, etc.)
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Please note that this is a simplified Zakat Calculator. For every year that you owe Zakat, your due Zakat is 2.5% from the total wealth you had at the end of that year.
Support Affected Families & Labors in the UAE
Thousands of low-income families in the UAE have been affected by the recent COVID 19 outbreak. Further, many low-wage laborers in the country face equally challenging times. Supporting them by providing food assistance and basic necessities has become a top priority for The Big Heart Foundation and for many charities in the country.
Support 1 person for 1 month
Support a small family (4-6 people) for 1 month
Support a big family (7-10 people) for 1 month
The Kiswat Eid Campaign is an awareness and public fundraising initiative focused on getting donors to participate in providing underprivileged children within the UAE with new clothing during the Eid season. At TBHF, we see this Eid Season, traditionally a season of giving, as the perfect way to bring some joy and happiness into the homes of low-income families that have been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. A 200 AED donation will provide one child with new Eid clothing that they can continue to wear for many months.
A 200 AED donation will provide one child with new Eid clothing
A 1000 AED donation will provide 5 children with new Eid clothing
A 2000 AED donation will provide 10 children with new Eid clothing