11 APR 2021 PRESS RELEASE
- Beneficiary countries include Sudan, Lebanon, Jordan, Pakistan, Angola, Uganda and Egypt.
- MBRGI teams up with MBRCH, UN World Food Programme and food banks across the region to deliver food parcels to people in need during Ramadan.
- Businessmen, companies and the public are invited to donate to the Ramadan campaign via four main channels: website, bank transfer, SMS, and call center.
- Campaign is an expansion of 2020 ’10 Million Meals’ campaign that empowered local communities impacted by COVID-19 pandemic.
- 820 million people are undernourished globally, including 52 million in MENA region
- Hunger claims a child’s life every 10 seconds and malnutrition contributes to about 45% of deaths in children under-5 years of age.
Dubai, 11 April 2021— His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched ‘100 Million Meals’ campaign to provide food parcels for families and people in need across 20 countries during the holy month of Ramadan.
Launched as an expansion from last year’s locally-held ’10 Million Meals’ campaign that empowered COVID-19-hit communities across the UAE, the ‘100 Million Meals’ campaign will provide food support for the vulnerable in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Businessmen, companies and the public inside and outside the UAE are invited to make financial donations to the campaign that will distribute food parcels, sufficient to provide 100 million meals, in countries including Sudan, Lebanon, Jordan, Pakistan, Angola, Uganda and Egypt. A donation as little as AED1 is enough to secure one meal for underserved communities in the targeted countries.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI) will coordinate with the Food Banking Regional Network and local humanitarian organizations in beneficiary countries to deliver food parcels to the doorsteps of vulnerable individuals and families.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said, “providing food during the holy month of Ramadan is the best we can give from the UAE to humanity.”
He added, “the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed many populations into an economic despair and pushed us, at the same time, to be more compassion and giving.”
Urging the public to do their part, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said, “we will work with humanitarian organizations, companies, entities and humanitarians to join us in securing 100 million meals to bring a sense of safety to underserved homes across the world.”
Philanthropy is an integral part of the UAE’s philosophy since its inception. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum stressed the need to unify efforts and leverage necessary resources to combat world hunger.
“Four hours away from us are 52 million people battling hunger. We need to take urgent action to empower underserved communities.”
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum added, “Today, we have the opportunity to send 100 million messages of peace from the UAE to 20 countries across the world.”
The campaign is part of UAE’s response to global efforts to combat world hunger, a major challenge that has been exacerbated by outbreak of COVID-19 that has pushed millions of disadvantaged populations to greater insecurity, poverty and unemployment. The campaign also aims to support the international community in achieving the second of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to end hunger by 2030.
The MBRGI will carry out the campaign in collaboration with the UN World Food Programme, the Food Banking Regional Network, humanitarian and charity organizations in beneficiary countries, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment (MBRCH), and UAE federal and local entities.
How to donate?
Companies, businessmen and individuals from all over the world can donate any amount starting from AED1 through the website www.100millionmeals.ae or through a bank transfer to Dubai Islamic Bank account with IBAN no.:AE080240001520977815201.
Donations inside the UAE can also be made through SMS (Etisalat and Du) by texting “Meal” to numbers listed on the website depending on the number of meals selected for donation.
The campaign’s call center will receive big donations via toll free number 8004999.
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