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"The Big Heart" opens the door for nominations for the sixth session of the Sharjah International Award for Advocacy and Support for Refugees 2022.

“The Big Heart” opens the door for nominations for the sixth session of the Sharjah International Award for Advocacy and Support for Refugees 2022.

Sharjah (Al-Ittihad) “Big Heart”, an international humanitarian organization interested in helping refugees and people around the world, has announced the opening of the nomination door for the sixth session of the Sharjah International Awards. Starting September 15, 2022 (today), nominations are being received. Through the Foundation’s website https://tbhf.ae/nomination/?lang=ar, individuals must nominate any local humanitarian organization or organization that will open the way for trusts and work for and advocating for refugees in Asia and Africa until November 15.

The award is presented under the patronage of Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member and Ruler of the Supreme Council of Sharjah, and his wife, Her Highness Sheikh Jawahar Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, President of the Big Heart Foundation. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Chief Advocate for Refugee Children. Organized annually since 2017, the value of the award, in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, is 500,000 dirhams, and is a special contribution of the Foundation, and the value of the award is not calculated from anyone’s donations to the Foundation.

The award is dedicated to local humanitarian organizations in Asia and Africa, which have provided exceptional services to refugees and displaced persons from their home countries, and the ability to access food, health and psychology with positive and lasting implications for their lives and needs. In terms of participation in the award, the participating organization is officially registered as a non-profit organization working in the humanitarian field, providing humanitarian and social services for less than one year from the date of nomination for the award, and its values ​​and behaviors are consistent with those of the Big Heart Foundation and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The criteria for evaluating participating companies include the extent to which each person works in achieving tangible benefits in target communities, and their ability to apply innovation in implemented projects, as well as innovative projects and practices followed by companies. Promoting sustainability and the extent to which they adhere to the principle of gender equality in the planning and implementation of those programs and programs. Especially with the ability of the system to fill existing gaps in humanitarian missions, especially in emergency situations. Award criteria establish several basic principles of humanitarian work, namely continuity of work and its breadth, transparency, impartiality and objectivity in service delivery, consistent results of projects implemented by companies and acceptance of the best and most effective practices. Identifying the culture, practices and methods of organizations working in the humanitarian field, highlighting the most affected arenas and the priorities of those in need. Al Hammadi, Director of the Big Heart Foundation: “Over the past five sessions, the Sharjah International Refugee Lawyer Award presented the world with inspiring models, raised the standard of its practices and developed its methods and objectives, until it becomes a sustainable humanitarian mission for refugees and health and education. Creates fundamental difference in reality.served services

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Al-Hammadi added: “Over the past few years, the world has seen exceptional situations, the first of which is the corona epidemic, the shadow of the refugee reality and their crowds, the large crowd considered vulnerable due to emergencies and the difficulty in obtaining resources to mitigate the effects of the epidemic, so we expect a better response to this. The exceptional circumstances in the files we receive this year, especially the regional and global humanitarian movement to support communities in need after we have seen them broadly, and its orientation towards a major development and sustainable projects and programs in the humanitarian work culture.

The “Big Heart” 2019 Awards cover companies and individuals working across the entire African continent after limiting the geographical purpose of the region to Asia and North Africa, particularly affected by the scarcity of resources in Africa and providing about 26% of the total refugees and displaced persons. There are more than 70 million refugees and internally displaced persons worldwide. In the last cycle of the award (fifth 2021) the total number of nominations reached 213 files from 41 countries and 44% of Asia, including organizations and individuals who have a positive and lasting impact on the lives of refugees. 7% from Europe and the rest of the world, the largest files nominated for the award came from Nigeria with a total of 42 files, followed by Lebanon with 16 files, followed by Kenya and Uganda with 14 files each, Jordan and Pakistan with 13 files, Bangladesh with 9 files, Palestine and India with 7 files, Yemen. And Iraq with 6 files each, Somalia with 5 files.

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