07 May 2015
The Big Heart Foundation has been set up by UNHCR eminent advocate for refugee children Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, the wife of Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the Ruler of Sharjah.
It comes two years after the launch of the Big Heart Campaign that helped to clothe, educate and give shelter to thousands of children.
“The decision to transform the Big Heart Campaign into a foundation stems from our belief in the necessity to double our efforts to help refugee children,” Sheikha Jawaher said. “We are expanding our support, especially to ensure that we strengthen the family and provide refugee children with an environment that is secure.
“This is in line with the true values of Islam, and is compatible with the humanitarian work that distinguishes the UAE and reflects its honourable and well-respected standing on the world stage.”
On May 7, 2013, the UNHCR appointed Shaikha Jawaher as an eminent advocate in recognition of her tireless efforts to raise public awareness about the problems faced by refugees.
“With the deteriorating conditions suffered by refugees throughout the world as a result of war, unrest and disasters and the growing risks that pose serious threats to their safety, the international community should join forces and unite their efforts to stop these tragedies that break our hearts. We cannot stand by as refugees risk their lives on unseaworthy vessels or travel vast distances by land and desert, looking for security and safety. This tragedy requires immediate action to provide them with assistance, keeping in mind the true teachings of Islam.”
Since its inception, The Big Heart Campaign has provided medical services to over 365,000 Syrian refugees and vital food and financial aid to 400,000 others.