NRS International charity’s ‘Fly For Peace’ campaign lands front-page headline on The National26 Mar 2017
Fly For Peace, a first-of-its-kind campaign in the Middle East hosted by NRS International’s charity Bilqees Sarwar Foundation, has earned a front-page headline in the March 25 issue of The National, the Abu Dhabi-based English language newspaper. The news report amplified our message on the importance of education in emergencies, particularly for Syrian refugee children and orphans.
The Fly For Peace kite and photo exhibition took place from 21 to 23 March during the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition (DIHAD) at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The three-day exhibition featured the Syrian refugee children’s artworks that reflect their hopes for a peaceful future. The event goes in line with DIHAD’s 14th edition theme of ‘The Impact of Crisis and Disasters on Children.’
Children’s dreams for the future
Seventy-five Syrian children between the ages of eight and 12 at Ufuk orphanage in Gaziantep, Turkey, took part in the Fly For Peace campaign, drawing pictures of their hopes for a peaceful future onto kites and then flying them.
According to the news report, Nour S, a volunteer at Ufuk, which houses more than 150 Syrian refugee children, said that youngsters were really excited to take part in an art performance.
Nour said most of the children at the orphanage were living with their mothers and had lost their fathers, the breadwinners.
“They all have access to education and we even offer the mothers, most of whom are illiterate, an opportunity to learn,” she said.
Some children, like Kareem and Fatima, wanted to be teachers and to spread the message of peace. Others, like Nour Ullah, wanted to rebuild their country.
“I want to become an architect, return to Syria, and help rebuild the country,” Nour Ullah said.
Call for companies to invest in humanitarian initiatives
“The private sector needs to step up.
“We feel an often ignored aspect of emergencies is education in those circumstances.
“In fact, more than half of the children in UNHCR’s care, some 3.7 million refugee children, have no access to primary education. We wanted to use the theme of education to respond to the UAE’s call for private sector companies to do more in alleviating the refugee crisis.”
Mr Freeman said that art could play a big role in education in emergencies, and studies showed that it had a therapeutic value.
“We advise companies to look into the United Nations Global Compact, which is still fairly new in UAE,” she said.
“Creating new partnerships, and not just looking at one-off philanthropic donations, could be a start to getting involved.”
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