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The Big Heart Foundation answers call for emergency aid to residents of Gaza

02:28 PM | 27 Jun, 2018
The Big Heart Foundation answers call for emergency aid to residents of Gaza
SHARJAH - Following recent escalations of violence in Gaza, movement restrictions and disruptions in aid delivery mean that many communities are now more vulnerable than ever. The Sharjah-based global humanitarian charity, The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF), has answered the call for emergency aid and strengthened its operations and alliances with some of the world’s leading relief agencies to provide essential supplies and services in Gaza, offering USD 227,000 in support.

With 72% of residents in Gaza lacking reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food, TBHF has placed food security as one of the priority areas for its Palestinian Children Fund In collaboration with the World Food Program, TBHF donated USD 100,000 to provide electronic food vouchers to 2,800 residents in 24 special caring institutions, mainly housing orphans and children with disabilities.

In response to the recent and ongoing escalation of conflict in the Gaza Strip, TBHF is also financing emergency medical staff for the next six months, working with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

According to UNRWA, increasing pressure on hospitals has led to many patients being discharged early to allow for the admission of new patients, particularly those with injuries caused by live ammunition to the lower limbs. In response, TBHF has pledged USD 100,000 to supply 26 nurses and 10 medical officers to provide care to the released patients and prepare for the many amputees that will require long-term assistance as well as support with mental health and psychological care.

Working with the Welfare Association, the Humanitarian and Development Projects for Palestinians, TBHF also contributed more than USD 27,000 to the Kiswa for Eid initiative, which provided Eid clothes to 500 poor and orphaned children aged 2-14 years. With more than 80% of the Gaza population living below the poverty line and dependent on aid, new clothes can often be low on the list of the residents’ priorities.

Mariam Al Hammadi, Director of TBHF

“The situation in Gaza is moving from crisis to critical and we must all play a part in helping to alleviate such bitter conditions in such desperate times. The Big Heart Foundation is dedicated to helping refugees and people in need worldwide and through these collaborations, we can answer the calls for emergency aid in Gaza.

“The crucial elements of healthcare, food, and shelter are not luxuries, they are basic human rights and the people of Gaza are being denied access to those rights. The increasing violence and disruption of infrastructure mean there is a constant need for support and we will make every effort to fulfill that need through our own efforts and the generosity of the people who share our goals,” said Director of TBHF Mariam Al Hammadi.

The Big Heart Foundation was founded in May 2015, following a number of initiatives and campaigns launched by Sheikha Jawaher. The Foundation's vision is to protect the poor, vulnerable and needy, and provide decent, dignified lives. In order to achieve its goals. the foundation currently oversees five funds: Peace for Children, a campaign to support Palestinian children, The Refugee Fund, The Middle East and North Africa Fund

The writer is a member of the staff. He can be accessed on Twitter @iamnozair


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 17 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 17, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293.15 for buying and 296.1 for selling while British Pound stands at 344.25 for buying, and 347.6 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 17 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293.15 296.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 344.25 347.6
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 911.26
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 58.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 166.75
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.07
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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