Hamdan bin Zayed chairs ERC Board meets, praises Tarahamu Campaign outcome

ABU DHABI, 3rd February, 2015 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of the Emirates Red Crescent Authority (ERC), has said the Compassion Campaign ‘Tarahamu’, which was launched upon the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and follow up of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to dispatch relief aid to the refugees and displaced people in the Levant, has achieved its objectives amid huge societal response.

He commended the support of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to the ERC’s projects in the UAE and abroad.

Sheikh Hamdan made the remarks today evening at Al Nakheel Palace while chairing the ERC Board meeting for the year 2015. The meeting was attended by Dr. Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi, Secretary-General of the ERC and a number of ERC officials.

He added that the launch of Tarahamu by the UAE leadership to send relief aid to one million refugees and displaced people affected by the cold weather in the Levant “reflects noble human values cherished by the UAE leadership and people.” Sheikh Hamad said the ERC implemented humanitarian programmes in Erbil, where over 1.8 million Iraqis live in dire humanitarian conditions and need urgent assistance.

He thanked Masoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, for assisting the ERC in discharging its mission in Kurdistan.

Sheikh Hamdan also thanked Emirati and expatriate philanthropists and all institutions and organisations for their positive response to the directives of the UAE President. He praised the UAE community for displaying impressive examples in charitable giving and responding to the suffering of the needy.

He appreciated the honouring of the ERC by the Vice President during the launch ceremony of the UAE Annual Foreign Aid Report 2013, adding that “such honouring doubles the responsibility placed on the shoulders of the ERC officials. It is also an incentive to exert more efforts in the service of humanity.” Sheikh Hamdan thanked the ERC delegations for their extensive field missions to assist the people affected by the snowstorm in Jordan, Lebanon and Kurdistan region of Iraq.

He commended the role of the ERC Board in fostering its work in the local arena, calling for doubling the programmes that target the needy families and people with special needs.

The participants in the Board meeting discussed future programmes and mechanisms to upgrade the humanitarian work. The Board was briefed about a number of projects being implemented by the ERC, including 18 schools, construction and rehabilitation of two hospitals in a number of islands of the Philippines, affected by Typhoon Haiyan.