100 Volunteers Give Dubai School New Look

As part of Volunteer Emirates 2015, one of Dubai Cares local community engagement initiatives, 100 Volunteers from around the UAE visited the Ahmad Bin Rashid Primary School in Umm Al Quwain to give the boys school a significant facelift. Dubai Cares has created Volunteer Emirates in an effort to bring together UAE-based volunteers in order to upgrade the learning environments of public schools around the UAE.   The second edition of Volunteer Emirates 2015 was sponsored by Visa, which supported Dubai Cares and the volunteer group that travelled to Umm Al Quwain to undertake the maintenance and landscaping work in the school premises. Led by Dubai Cares, the volunteers painted over 160 tyres to outline the school football field and helped install tables and chairs, sports equipment, computers, lab equipment as well as playground facilities in the school. To brighten up the hallways and school grounds, the volunteers also painted murals around the school and landscaped the outdoor areas.   Thanking the volunteers for their efforts, Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares said: “I would like to commend all the volunteers who put in a lot of hard work and creativity into giving the Ahmad Bin Rashid Primary School in Umm Al Quwain a new look. As an organization committed to facilitating quality primary education for children in developing countries, we understand the importance of a safe, creative and stimulating learning environment. Having schools that help students discover and explore all their talents – be it sports, art or academics – is key to quality educational experience. We are grateful to Visa for empowering us and...

Hayrat Aid’s 100 Aid Trucks Departing from All the Cities in Turkey

  Hayrat Aid continues to stand by Syrian people.  Having identified the essential and primary requirements of Syrian people and helped meet these requirements so far under the campaign “I Need You,” Hayrat Aid is getting ready to make 100 Aid Trucks arrived at the land of their oppressed brothers.   While Turkish charitable volunteers have been hope to Syrian people with the aid trucks they have prepared in their own cities, the 100th Aid Truck will be prepared with the support of Turkey. Considering the immediate requirements of Syria, the flour was determined to be the requirement of top priority in the prepared truck because there has been recently placed an embargo on such food products as flour to make it hard for the people to meet their needs for bread. The goal is to deliver 25 tons of flour on the 100th Aid Truck to ensure that the people will be less affected by such embargo. Hayrat makes an appeal in order to get public support for smooth humanitarian aid to less fortunate people, “You can type UN and send it as SMS to 3674, and you can donate TRY 5,00 at a time, or you can donate online as much as you wish.”   Source:...

Islamic Relief USA Joins CARE To Show Human Face of Syrian Conflict

Islamic Relief USA participated in “Life in Refuge” an event at Freedom Plaza in Washington D.C., organized by CARE and with other NGO partners including, Save the Children,Syria Relief & Development, Syrian American Medical Society, OXFAM and the #withSyria campaign.   Life in Refuge uses art and visuals to bring attention to the humanitarian crisis in Syria by focusing on its impact on refugees, specifically women and children, on an individual level. One such display was developed by Islamic Relief USA, titled, “Scars & Smiles: Face & Stories of Syrian Refugee Children,” with photography from the field by Ridwan Adhami and a storyline written by Nada Shawish.   In 2012, Islamic Relief USA sent Ridwan and Nada to capture the experience of the refugees in Lebanon and Jordan.  The resulting photography and experiences from this visit tell a profound story that moved attendees of the exhibit. For Scars & Smiles creator and Islamic Relief USA Creative Director Ridwan, the point of the larger Scars & Smiles project is to show the human side of conflicts around the world through the intimate details of individuals who have been forced to live through them. “Seeing these images, kids and families, really breaks your heart,” said one Life in Refuge attendee Heba Ismail. “It’s not just numbers anymore. It brings a soul, a person, a name to the Syrian conflict.”   The photographs and the narrative were extremely moving for another attendee Zeina Alkhalaf who remarked how the photography showed the pain and the hope each refugee had.   “The most powerful thing that stood out was the name tags that said, ‘name withheld,’ from them,” she said. “How powerful is it...

Muslim Hands Extend Support to Syrian and Palestinian Refugees in Turkey

  Turkey has over 1 million Syrian and Palestinian refugees. Muslim Hands are pairing up with a Muslim-Dutch organization called ‘Together for Syria’ to help about 100 families with food supplies. The cost to provide 25 families with one month of food supply is $550.00. This is what will be included in the food package per family: Rice, Bread, Oil, Macaroni, Beans, Tomato sauce, Tea, Salt, Sugar, Tahini (Something they eat with bread), Milk powder, Vinegar, Cans of soup, Flour, Shampoo, Soap and Tissues, All items will be bought in Istanbul, Turkey and personally put together by Helping Hands.   This Muslim humanitarian organization is hoping to make 100 food packages for 100 families. Streets of Istanbul are full of 2 million refugees, 1.8 M are from Syria. These people are currently in refugee camps or trying to survive on the streets of Istanbul, exposed to the elements. Members from the organization will be responsible for purchasing, packaging, and distributing the goods. The organization will document as much as we possibly can to share these moments with everyone involved. The packages will be distributed to the refugees on the streets and the camps. The cost of the food package is $23. These packages will provide food for a family of 5. Source:...

NGOs pledge $506m for Syrian refugees

KUWAIT: A UN envoy warned yesterday of a “horrifying” humanitarian situation brewing in Syria as nongovernmental organizations pledged more than $500 million for refugees on the eve of a major donor conference. The United Nations has launched an appeal to raise $8.4 billion for Syria this year and hopes to receive major pledges at the donor meeting today in Kuwait. “Failing to meet the required funds risks resulting in a horrifying and dangerous humanitarian catastrophe,” Abdullah Al-Maatouq, UN special envoy for humanitarian affairs, told a meeting of NGOs. Among the aid groups which gathered yesterday, Turkey’s made the largest pledge of $100 million. Other donors included Qatar’s Red Crescent Society and Kuwait’s International Islamic Charity Organization (IICO). UN humanitarian affairs chief Valerie Amos said the donor response at Tuesday’s conference “needs to be comprehensive”. She said the humanitarian situation had deteriorated in Syria with no reduction in violence and children particularly affected. The aid is urgently required to provide life-saving assistance to half of Syria’s population as several UN aid agencies have said they remain underfunded and warned they could halt or downsize their operations. IICO announced that total pledges amounted to $506 million, a day ahead of the Third International Pledging Humanitarian Conference for Syria, surpassing $348 million pledges made at the second NGOs’ conference for the Syrian people held in Kuwait in Jan 2014. It said that Kuwaiti NGOs and figures, already active on the ground to help the Syrians, pledged $88 million. The Kuwaiti NGOs and figures were Kuwait Islamic Heritage Revival Society, Abdullah Al-Nouri Charitable Society, Zakat House, Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, Direct...