We stand together: UAE volunteers pack 30,000 relief kits for flood-affected families in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: Showcasing the humanitarian soul and spirit of the United Arab Emirates, hundreds of volunteers from all seven emirates have joined the “We Stand Together” initiative.
Under this initiative, 1,200 tonnes of food, health and general hygiene products were provided, including 30,000 food kits for flood-affected families in Pakistan.
The United Arab Emirates was among the first countries to provide emergency aid to those affected and the relief kits will be delivered to Pakistan as a matter of urgency.
The community volunteering event saw citizens and residents of all ages and nationalities gather at three locations across the country, including the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC), Expo City Dubai and Expo Center Sharjah, and pack relief kits in four hours, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.
The “We Stand Together” initiative was launched by Emirates Red Crescent (ERC), Dubai Cares and Sharjah Charity International in close coordination with the UAE Ministry of Community Development (MoCD) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) in the UAE. , with the support of nine other humanitarian organizations in the United Arab Emirates, including the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charitable Establishment, The Big Heart Foundation, Dar Al Ber, International Humanitarian City, UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia UAE), Sharjah Charity House, International Charity Organization and Emirates Charitable Association.
As part of this community event, volunteers were grouped into different teams to help pack two types of relief kits comprising food as well as hygiene kits. Food supplies included items such as flour, rice, lentils, oil among other non-perishable items, while hygiene kits contained essential toiletries for women and children such as diapers, sanitary napkins and soaps, among others.
Hamoud Abdullah Al Junaibi, Secretary General of the ERC, hailed the role of volunteers in supporting and success of the “We Stand Together” initiative in reducing the humanitarian impact caused by the rains and floods in Pakistan . Al Junaibi also acknowledged the vital role played by the coalition of 12 humanitarian organizations in enhancing the UAE’s leading role in Pakistan.
This coalition embodies the unity of the UAE’s humanitarian work and interprets the value of partnerships in one of the most important areas related to improving lives and alleviating the suffering of victims caused by disasters and crises. , Al Junaibi added.
Dr Tariq Al Gurg, Managing Director and Vice President of Dubai Cares, said: “The UAE has a long history of supporting countries in crisis and the resounding success of the national volunteering initiative ‘We Stand Together’. is a clear reflection of the country’s humanitarian values. The coming together of hundreds of volunteers of all ages and nationalities and from all parts of the country to support Pakistan during this time highlights the deep-rooted culture of generosity and compassion that the UAE community proudly shares. We extend our sincere thanks to all the volunteers for devoting their time and effort to this initiative and making it another success story in the UAE.
Abdullah Sultan Bin Khadim, Managing Director of Sharjah Charity International, said, “God be praised for the success of the ‘We Stand Together’ initiative and for achieving its goals. The volunteers had their say through their presence at the event preparing the relief kits which will be airlifted to the flood affected people in the friendly Republic of Pakistan. The initiative embodies the values of synergy of people from all walks of life, including citizens and residents, women, men, youth and the elderly as well as individuals and institutions.
“We worked hand in hand with a spirit of solidarity deeply rooted in the wider UAE community. This initiative to support those affected also reflects the values of the late Sheikh Zayed, the founder of the United Arab Emirates whose foundations are based on giving. We have inherited these values from generation to generation to lend a helping hand to the needy and affected people around the world,” added Khadim.