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Top UAE initiatives to contribute aid to war-torn Gaza

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August 6, 2014 12:36 by

By Nadine Sayegh

The UAE launches a number of initiatives to help bring aid to residents of war-torn Gaza, namely clean drinking water.

The 1.8 million people currently living in Gaza are facing an extreme shortage of water due to the ongoing conflict with Israel. This crisis has caused His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to instruct the Suqia Foundation to act swiftly.

HH Sheikh Mohammed told Emirates news agency (WAM): “Lack of clean drinking water constitutes one the most daunting challenges our people in Gaza are facing today. Therefore, we have instructed the Water Aid Foundation to act immediately and deliver ample quantities of the vital resource to the people of Gaza, in a way that complements the massive efforts being made by the UAE, in partnership with other international organisations and agencies specialised in transporting essential relief supplies to the Gaza Strip within the context of the Emirati President’s urgent humanitarian initiatives.”

Below is a list of other initiatives taking place in Dubai to support the residents of Gaza

1. UAE Red Crescent and the Dubai Festival City:

The UAE Red Crescent has launched a initiative urging residents of the country to donate any goods they no longer have use for in their homes. Funds, medical supplies, dry or canned foods, blankets and tents are all accepted and can be dropped off at specific points at Festival Centre. These donations will be distributed to residents of Gaza.

2. ‘For the Children of Gaza’ campaign by Dubai Cares:

Under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Cares launched a campaign aimed at providing children with basic hygiene and school packages. Thus far, 50,000 school kits have been collected, as well as 50,000 hygiene kits from members of the UAE community. While the initial drive is over, it is still possible to finance this cause through the Dubai Cares website.

3. Start your own crowdfunding campaign:

This is a much more demanding task than simply providing a small handout and, in order to prove successful, it requires determination. Considering the number of crowdfunding platforms on the Internet, available for anyone to use anywhere, all you need to do is come up with a strategy to get donations, i.e. run a marathon for money, food drive, offering a service in exchange.

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