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FUNN and UNWFP teams visit Zaatari refugee camp to support food distribution

posted on 17/08/2016: 1142 views

A delegation from FUNN, a Sharjah-based foundation dedicated to promoting media arts for and among children and youth in the U.A.E., recently visited the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan with a team from the UN World Food Programme, UNWFP, headed by Amal Dabbas, National Ambassador WFP, in support of a food distribution initiative for children and families.

The FUNN delegation, representing Sharjah International Children Film Festival, SICFF, comprising Maryam Al Mualla, Nouf Hashim and Fatima Musharbek, joined the Amman-based UNWFP team for two days to learn about the programme's strategy for food distribution based on the increasing number of refugees in the camp over the past five years and to hand out gifts.

Commenting on the visit, Sheikha Jawaher bint Abdullah Al Qasimi, Director of SICFF and FUNN, said, "We are proud to have partnered with the UNWFP for this vital food distribution initiative in Jordan. It is our aim at SICFF to encourage innovation among children and to give them a voice they may never have had otherwise; our visit to the Zaatari camp falls in line with our drive to support families living in extreme conditions and our desire to help shape a brighter future for young people around the world."

Speaking on her experience at the camp, Amal Dabbas said, "At UNWFP, our main aim is to raise awareness about world hunger. Our visit allowed us to make progress in tackling this issue, while also promoting the benefits of learning about filmmaking and the arts. People of all ages have the chance to hone their talent, and film is a great medium for unleashing one's creativity. It truly brings me joy to know that we could inspire the children and their families, and to convey the message that anything is possible."

The initiative follows SICFF's participation at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, a celebration of the art of cinematography and an annual showpiece for new writing, genres and visual innovation in the filmmaking industry. - Emirates News Agency, WAM -


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