As part of ‘Our Eid with Them’ campaign
Event aimed at granting the wishes of refugee children and instilling hope within them
Jordan, 5 September, 2017,
In keeping with its ongoing efforts to alleviate the suffering of refugee children and to support their happier and healthier childhood, the Kalimat Foundation (KF) for Children’s Empowerment has distributed Eid gifts to more than 2,000 refugee children at the Emirati-Jordanian camp in the Mrajeed Al Fhood region of Jordan as part of its campaign ‘Our Eid with Them’.
In May 2017, a delegation headed by Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Founder and Chairperson of KF, visited the camp and distributed cards to the children, who wrote down the gifts they would like to receive on one side and drew their dreams on the other. The return visit this Eid saw the foundation providing the gifts the children had wished for.
Chaired by Amna Al Mazmi, Manager of KF, the delegation, which included representatives of sponsors and donators, distributed an array of gifts to the children at the camp, with the presents comprising toy cars, books, crayons, footballs and much more.
“Refugee children face a constant stream of challenges and it is a struggle for them to find ways to educate and entertain themselves. We launched this initiative in keeping with our desire to express solidarity with these children, draw a smile on their faces, alleviate their suffering and help fulfil their basic right of having a better life. We wanted to encourage them to overcome their distressing past and to be optimistic about a better and brighter future,” said Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi, Founder and Chairperson of KF.
Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi stressed that supporting refugee children, who are affected by unrest, conflicts and natural disasters, is KF’s main focus, which is in line with the UAE’s humanitarian vision. She reiterated that the UAE plays an instrumental role in supporting refugees, promoting awareness of their plight and creating a positive and peaceful atmosphere for them, wherever in the world they are.
“The children’s drawings on the cards expressed high hopes and big dreams about themselves, their families and their countries. While their history has been cruel to them, they still have the belief that their future can be kind,” said: Amna Al Mazmi, Manager of KF.
“We chose this blessed occasion of Eid Al Adha to distribute the gifts because it is an ideal opportunity to enhance positivity and to remind them that life has a lot of things that spread joy. I would like to thank all the sponsors and donators who were instrumental to the success of the campaign, which is in line with the Year of Giving launched by the UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan,” she added.
HE Mubarak Mohammed Al Khaili, Director of the UAE-Jordanian Camp, expressed his delight over KF’s initiative. He highlighted the importance of regular visits by UAE organisations to the camp – which was officially opened in 2013 and is supervised by the Emirates Red Crescent – due to the positive impact that such visits have on its residents.
Eleven government entities and private corporations supported KF’s campaign; Sharjah Government Media Bureau; Sharjah Asset Management; Sharjah International Airport; Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority; Sharjah Media Corporation; Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Sharjah Ladies Club; GEMS Schools; Mega Mall; Toys Are Us and Kalimat Group.
In the same visit of May 2017, KF distributed 1,000 books to refugee children at the camp as part of the ‘Libraries in Need’ programme, which aims to create a peaceful and secure environment for children, support their freedom of thought and generate creativity by providing access to books and reading material.
Established in April 2016, KF strives to ensure the fundamental right of every child to read. It works to promote the idea that improving access to literature and encouraging children to pick up books is the best way to develop their mental and social capacities and ultimately improve society. Believing in the direct impact of books on the bringing up of future generations, the foundation facilitates access to reading material in areas where this is lacking in order to enable children in underprivileged areas to acquire knowledge.
Attached images during the distribution of the gifts at Emirati – Jordanian Camp