Big Heart campaign gets a massive boost afterUS$10 million donation from HH Sheikha Fatima as Ramadan spirit inspires more aid foralmost 2 million Syrians

UAE, Sharjah, July 2013: In a massive boost for the ‘Big Heart for Syrian Refugee Children’ campaign, Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak has donated US$10 million to give refugees life-changing access to food, medication, shelter and education. Meanwhile the Ramadan spirit of generosity has inspired the public to make substantial Zakat donations towards Syrians.

Thecontributionscome as the Syria Regional Response Plan faces a US$1.9 billion gap in the funding required to help over 1.76 million refugees. The number of Syrian refugees who have been registered or are pending registration with the UNHCRis now approximately 600,000 in Lebanon, 500,000 in Jordan, 400,000 in Turkey, 160,000 in Iraq and 100,000 in North Africa.

Commenting on the importance of spreading the Ramadan spirit to Syrians, HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak explained:“Every single day that we spend at home with our loved ones this Ramadan is a blessing, and we should never forget the millions of Syrians without a roof over their heads or a motherland under their feet. By supporting the ‘Big Heart for Syrian Refugee Children’ campaign we will show that refugees might be homeless, but never hopeless.”

The ‘Big Heart’, HH Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qassimi, UNHCR Eminent Advocate for Refugee Children responded:“On behalf of the countless Syrians whose lives will be saved and transformed, we are extremely grateful beyond words for the massive contribution of US$10 million from HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak. Such acts of warm-hearted generosity shine rays of sunlight into the darkness of the Syrian crisis, and give refugees hope for a brighter day. The ‘Big Heart for Syrian Refugee Children’ campaign applauds HH Sheikha Fatima for proving that our humanitarian spirit is alive and well.”
Panos Moumtzis, UNHCR Regional Refugee Coordinator for the Syria Situation added: “This is the fastest growing refugee crisis in human history, with the first six months of 2013 alone seeing over a million new refugees. Women and children are the hardest hit, and initiatives such as the ‘Big Heart’ campaign spearheaded by UNHCR Eminent Advocate HH Sheikha Jawaher will turn food, water, shelter and medical attention from a distant dream into a daily reality.”

Donors can make life-saving contributions to the ‘Big Heart for Syrian Refugee Children’ campaign. Funds are collected through ‘Salam Ya Seghar’, endorsed by HH Sheikha Jawaher.

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Account Name: Salam Ya Seghar “For Syrian Refugee Children”
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