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From Abu Dhabi with love: Gift some cheer to Syrian kids

posted on 18/07/2013: 2685 views



A group of Abu Dhabi-based residents is out to bring a smile back on the faces of nearly 15,000 children living in a refugee camp in Syria.

Emirati Mohammad Al Qadi, who launched the ‘Gift for Good' campaign, said they are hoping to collect a wide variety of toys and books and send them to children at the Olive Tree Camp run by the Maram Foundation on the Turkish border by the end of Ramadan.

Reaching out

"The plight of the Syrian people needs no introduction. Refugees and internally displaced people are going through untold pain and misery. So we wanted to do something for them,” he said.

But while most charities are focusing on providing food, shelter and healthcare to them, Al Qadi said he wanted to address the children's emotional needs. "They have been emotionally and psychologically scarred. So we wanted to bring them some moments of happiness in their lives by giving them toys to play with and books to read.”

He said: "We aim to bring a smile to the faces of thousands of Syrian children refugees living away from the comfort of their homes. The Olive Tree Camp has about 4,200 children under the age of three and a further 10,900 between the ages of three and 15. Our target is to provide each one of them with either a toy, book or clothes in time for Eid. We have so far collected 800 toys.”

Working under the aegis of the Renaissance Project, which Al Qadi founded to spread education among the Arab people, the campaign will run through the Ramadan period till August 10. The toys and books can be dropped off at several points including Hollywood Tans Abu Dhabi (Marks and Spencer building), Api Cae Restaurant (Khalidiya) and Boulevard (next to Raha Mall).

Discount offer

Toy store Toys R Us is also offering donors a 50 per cent discount on select items throughout Ramadan. "Residents can drop off their items at the specified locations or purchase new items directly from Toys R Us at a 50 per cent discount,” said Al Qadi.

The Maram Foundation will be responsible for transporting and distributing the goods in the camp, he added. – Gulf News

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