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SANID Volunteers return successfully completing the first foreign humanitarian mission

posted on 29/09/2010: 1138 views

Volunteers of SANID concluded their humanitarian operations in Pakistan and are preparing to return home successfully completing their maiden foreign mission after it was launched earlier this year as the country's first national emergency response programme.

The participation of Sanid volunteers came in translation of the directives of National Security Advisor H.H Sheikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan within the framework of the UAE's official assistance to Pakistan in the wake of the recent flooding. UAE Foreign Minister and Chairman of the Board of Emirates Foundation H.H Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan followed up the mission, which was sent to provide relief operations to help the flood victims.

The National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) and the Takatof Programme for Social Volunteering jointly launched the UAE's new National Emergency Response Programme, "Sanid" earlier in January this year.

Sanid - meaning "Support" in Arabic - continues to recruit and train volunteers all over the country to respond to national and local emergencies.

Sanid was established in line with directives from President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and with the support of H.H Lt. General Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

During their five-day presence in Pakistan the team of SANID volunteers received the sixth relief convoy dispatched by UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA) and helped to distribute essential food supplies and provide medical assistance for the people displaced by the worst natural disaster in the history of Pakistan.

The Director General of the National Emergency and Crisis management Authority Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi praised the volunteers for their efforts and enthusiasm during the mission.

Executive Director of Takatof Programme Maitha Al Habsi said that the SANID volunteers proved their skill and efficiency in their first field mission abroad. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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