AJMAN -- Human Appeal International (HAI) is launching an
AED 2.6 million winter aid campaign for more than 8,000 families in eight
countries, including the UAE, to help vulnerable and low-income people survive
extreme cold weather.
The Ajman-based relief agency said in a
statement that the winter aid campaign would cover Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, UAE and Syrian refugees in
Lebanon and Jordan.
Abdullah Al Awadi, Assistant
Secretary-General for Financial and Administrative Affairs, HAI, said the
campaign aims to deliver the goals of the Compassion Initiative, launched last
year by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to raise
funds for refugees and people in the Levant to help them survive the powerful snowstorm
''Our field teams have conducted
surveys to determine the most vulnerable areas and the kind of assistance
urgently needed. While distributing winter supplies, priority will be given to
women, widows, orphans, persons with disabilities and elders,'' he added.
The material to be distributed included
gas and diesel-run fire heaters, heat logs, winter clothing and blankets and
charcoal as well as other necessary items.