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Sultan Bin Ahmed is Big Heart’s humane envoy for the 2nd time


Sheikha Jawaher with Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Qasimi.

Where humaneness and compassion are concerned, she is in the forefront. She has an indepth understanding of the needs of the needy, the plight of the underprivileged, the dire straits of refugees badly in need of succour. Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, Chairperson of The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF) and Eminent Advocate for Refugee Children at (UNHCR), is a scintillating model of compassion and tolerance.

However, she underscores the fact that actors in the humanitarian sector need to be more than charitable and sympathetic; they must also be extremely passionate about human rights to be able do extraordinary work that can save lives and protect people in the time of their greatest need.

Her Highness made these remarks as she entrusted Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Media Council (SMC), with the responsibility of being the TBHF Humanitarian Envoy for the second time in a row, in recognition of his outstanding efforts to support refugees and other vulnerable communities since his appointment in 2017.

The renewed confidence is an acknowledgement of Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Qasimi’s instrumental role in using media judiciously to highlight the humanitarian issues to achieve greater levels of awareness by projecting the real situation in crisis-ridden areas and helping mobilise large-scale community support to TBHF’s programmes for refugees and people in distress. It is also an appreciation of his work in mobilising corporate donors through his field visits to several refugee camps organised by TBHF.

Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Qasimi apprised Sheikha Jawaher of TBHF’s accomplishments that were made since 2017, during his first tenure as the foundation’s Humanitarian Envoy.

“Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Qasimi played a vital role in implementing TBHF’s projects that provided an array of services covering healthcare, education, food and social security to hundreds of thousands of refugees. His noble efforts have led to him being named the TBHF’s Humanitarian Envoy for the second time. We look forward to seeing a new chapter of achievements that respond to crisis and conflict challenges around the world,” said Sheikha Jawaher.

On his part, Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Qasimi expressed his delight and appreciation at the renewed confidence and trust that had been placed in him as Humanitarian Envoy by Sheikha Jawaher. He stressed that it was important to further efforts aimed at turning the issues of refugees into a global humanitarian responsibility that would engage the international community to find tangible solutions.

Two years of giving

Since his appointment as TBHF’s Humanitarian Envoy, Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmad Al Qasimi has taken part in many activities, events and programmes that led to sustainable humanitarian action. In 2017, he participated in the first media visit to The Big Heart Clinic at the Zaatari camp in Jordan. He also joined the meeting with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to discuss cooperation in the future.

In 2018, Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Qasimi witnessed the agreement signed between TBHF and the Malala Fund, launched by Nobel laureate and female education activist, Malala Yousafzai, in Oxford, to finance a school project for girls in Pakistan through TBHF’s ‘Girl Child Fund’. He also witnessed the signing of an MoU agreement between TBHF, Sharjah Police and Emirates Auction, whereby Sharjah Police allocated the proceeds of three distinguished car plate numbers to TBHF in support of its humanitarian projects around the world.

 He also took part in the field visit to Kutupalong camp in Bangladesh organised by TBHF to inaugurate the permanent hospital that was funded by the Sharjah Broadcasting Authority (SBA) to provide lifesaving treatment and healthcare services to Rohingya refugees in the camp.

In 2019, he led TBHF delegation’s field visit to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya to and played a pivotal role in harnessing the media to raise awareness on refugees and vulnerable people.

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