SHARJAH, Amel Association International, a non-profit Lebanese organisation, is this year’s recipient of the Sharjah International Award for Refugee Advocacy and Support, SIARA.
The award is given by The Big Heart Foundation, TBHF, a Sharjah-based global humanitarian organisation dedicated to helping refugees and people in need worldwide, in collaboration with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR.
The award recognised Amel’s ongoing efforts to implement humanitarian initiatives and support programmes since its creation and its beneficiaries have exceeded 100,000 in 2018, of which more than half are women and children.
Amel, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, has significantly expanded operations in the last 10 years, establishing itself in France, Switzerland and the United States.
SIARA aims to motivate organisations and individuals to launch long-term and large-scale development programmes and initiatives to improve the lives of refugees and vulnerable people, specifically countries in Asia and the MENA region suffering from disasters, conflicts and poverty.
The award was instituted under the patronage of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of H.H., TBHF Chairperson and UNHCR’s Eminent Advocate for Refugee Children.
The prize money of AED500,000 (US$136,000) will be presented to Amel to support and sustain its humanitarian efforts and development programmes, at a special recognition ceremony scheduled to be held in May in Sharjah.
Source: Emirates News Agency