Taking to Twitter on August 10, the Emirates Red Crescent has announced that children whose parents were lost to the explosions in Beirut last week will soon be sponsored by the UAE. “HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region, and Chairman of the Emirates Red Crescent Authority directed the authority to sponsor the orphans and care for the families of the deceased and the victims of the Beirut Port explosion,” the tweet read.
H.H Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region, and Chairman of the Emirates Red Crescent Authority, directed the authority to sponsor the orphans and care for the families of the deceased and the victims of the Beirut Port explosion.
— الهلال الأحمر الإماراتي (@emiratesrc) August 10, 2020
Currently in the process of identifying affected children and families, the ERC and Humanitarian Aid Office of the UAE Embassy in Beirut will soon take responsibility of all basic needs, including rebuilding homes and providing necessary resources for the people of Beirut. In a statement outlining the initiative, Dr Mohammed Ateeq Al Flahi, secretary-general of the ERC said, “Sheikh Hamdan has been monitoring the situation on the ground since the explosion and its affect on people, and is in constant contact with the ERC’s executive management to follow the progress of relief operations.”
With a number of initiatives underway, this campaign follows the likes of another effort previously initiated by the UAE Volunteers Programme. Overseeing the delivery of humanitarian aid and reconstruction material, the initiative will run in two phases. The first phase will collect and prepare humanitarian goods needed in Lebanon, while the second will assess the necessary material needed in the reconstruction effort. Organized by volunteers, the first phase will take place in the UAE between August 10 and 25, after which a set of qualified engineers will take over to complete phase two.