From January to December 2016, The Big Heart Foundation is sponsoring SOS Children's Villages - Palestine's programme in Rafah, Gaza Strip. Their sponsorship will directly benefit 424 Palestinian children and youths in Rafah in the Gaza Strip, with 130 kindergarten children, 175 school-age children and 44 youths receiving care in their homes. The project is also providing 10 homes for 75 children who are unable to continue living with their families. The partnership was arranged through the SOS Children's Villages International Gulf Area Office.
The Big Heart Foundation is an United Arab Emirates based organization which was launched in June 2015 by H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah, to coincide with World Refugee Day. In the year since its inception, the humanitarian foundation has contributed to changing the lives of thousands of refugees worldwide, reaching out to Syrian and Palestinian refugees in neighbouring countries and Rohingya Muslims in Indonesia. It is committed to helping displaced people live a dignified life by providing a package of integrated services and aid that includes healthcare, education and direct financial assistance.
The Big Heart Foundation's Testimonial
"Children are the most vulnerable members of any community, but youngsters living in Palestine are particularly at risk because of the current conditions experienced in that region. These difficult circumstances put immense pressures on families and sometimes it is the children that suffer as a result of these pressures.
"We decided to provide financial aid to SOS Children's Villages because it has a strong focus on maintaining the strength of the community. Families are the bedrock of a society and sometimes parents and caregivers in the home can benefit from practical help that ensures that they provide an environment for their children to thrive. Where there are cases of children needing to be taken out of their family home in order for them to be safe, the project provides them with a secure and nurturing environment."
~Mariam Al Hammadi, Director of 'Salam Ya Seghar' an initiative of The Big Heart Foundation