SHARJAH, 16th July 2016 (WAM) – The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF), a Sharjah-based global humanitarian charity dedicated to helping refugees and people in need worldwide, has donated US $150,000 (AED550,000) to support Rohingya refugees in Malaysia and displaced people in Iraq. Distributed by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the funds will be used to help overcome the recipients’ challenging circumstances and difficult living conditions.

Approximately US $82,000 of the donation will go towards helping displaced people in Iraq, with US $68,000 given to assist Rohingya refugees in Malaysia. Coinciding with Eid Al Fitr, the organisers of THBF’s humanitarian contribution say that it is being given to help inspire optimism and hope in those who have been forced to leave their homes through conflict or persecution and to share with them the blessings of Eid.

“TBHF’s cash donations are made in line with the vision of H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, Chairperson of the Big Heart Foundation, and UNHCR Eminent Advocate for Refugee Children, to improve the living conditions of refugees worldwide and enable them to lead a life of dignity. We sought through this donation to support these vulnerable people living under extremely difficult circumstances and to share the joy of Eid with them,” said Mariam Al Hammadi, Director of Salam Ya Seghar, a TBHF initiative to improve the welfare of refugee children.

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