Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation seeks to promote the concept of humanitarian institutional work in order to provide excellent services in the different fields. The Foundation has become a symbol of solidarity and cooperation between the members of local society and a bright landmark on the map of philanthropy externally as it provides aids for 38 countries around the world, including 12 Arab countries, 13 Asian, 4 African countries and 8 European countries, in addition to Australia.
The Foundation's humanitarian work is based on its leading humanitarian initiatives focused on the concept of good and giving. Helping the poor and the needy and meeting their basic needs of food, drink, clothing and housing were the first targets of the Foundation through the emergency aids it provided for many countries as a result of natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods. The Foundation's strategy is focused on the development of poor communities in the areas of health and education in an attempt to provide the primary health care for the poor and needy people because of disease as they do not have the price of treatment or because of their inability to follow the means of health prevention.
In the field of education, the Foundation has carried out distinct educational initiatives in many countries such as Palestine, particularly the Gaza Strip, Afghanistan, and the vocational education project in Bahrain, Lebanon, Egypt and Kenya.
According to a report released by Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation concerning its projects and achievements in 2010, the humanitarian initiatives executed by the Foundation, either within the country or abroad, reflect a living civilized behavior as it plays an important and positive role in the development and growth of communities and is keen to develop the ability of giving and extending assistance to give all individuals the opportunity to contribute to the processes of social construction and dissemination of humanitarian action.
The report pointed out that Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation has played a significant role in the growth of many communities around the world especially in times of distress, relief efforts and alleviating the effects of poverty. Thus the Foundation's concept of humanitarian work is linked to the overall development through a lot of such works and programs which target the man and promoting him starting with the individual, then the family and hence it extends to the society.
His Excellency Mohamed Hajji Al Khouri, Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation Director General, said that the fact of the Foundation's humanitarian work and its plans is related to its effects and changes in the target society toward the overall development. It isn't just a matter of efforts exerted to save an injured person or treat a patient or money spent to help the needy, but the Foundation operates according to a deliberate action plan and a long-term strategy for the advancement of the poor and needy societies. Finally, these humanitarian projects should serve the development and building of society, both the individual and the family, he added.
The Foundation had moved within four years of work and philanthropy from the establishment stage to the stage of empowerment and good planting flowing from the UAE to nearly 38 countries around the world, Al Khouri added.
The Foundation had achieved consecutive successes as regards the high-quality and comprehensive aids provided for the needy at the local and external levels, reaching groups and families most in need in society and the helping hand extended to countries and peoples facing natural disasters outside the country.
The Foundation's humanitarian aids varied to include Ramadan Iftar inside and outside the country, helping people affected by natural disasters and wars, providing in-kind assistance for the needy students, payment of expenses of a number of pilgrims from within and outside the state, and bear the cost of deportation of prisoners who can not return their home countries after serving their sentences.
As regards the in-kind assistance project for students, Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation worked in 2010 on enhancing the strategic partnerships it had established with the global humanitarian work organizations with an emphasis on the importance of building bridges of cooperation with humanitarian organizations and institutions around the world, and coordination with these institutions to expand the umbrella of the Foundation's activities to cover all the areas in need all over the world.
The Foundation had launched a humanitarian initiative in the domestic arena to support education in the country through "the in-kind assistance project for students for the academic year 2010 - 2011", with about 60,000 beneficiaries of male and female students over the last three years.
In the academic year 2010 – 2011, the initiative included more than 22,000 indigent students in more than 650 schools at the state level to improve their financial conditions in order to enable them to double their efforts and increase their educational attainment.
This humanitarian project comes on the local scene out of the Foundation's commitment to help students overcome some financial obstacles which often prevent some of them from the pursuit of educational attainment, particularly under the pressing economic and social conditions, which become increasingly difficult year after year. The "Abu Dhabi Fund for Development" contributed to the support of the humanitarian initiative launched by Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation with the aim of promoting education in the state, in addition to its contribution to affording the expenses of students enrolled in the program of university missions abroad since the initiative seeks to improve the financial conditions of the needy students and enable them to double their efforts and increase their educational attainment.
In the same context, Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation held six events at the state level to honor the 1,059 male and female coordinators who worked hard and diligently to make a success of the hugest humanitarian project in the education sector as the Foundation had sought through this honoring to promote volunteerism, disseminate and increase cohesion between members of society, and establish the concept of "voluntary work being a noble human practice closely linked with all the meanings of good and righteous deeds, and combined with giving and assistance for free". Since this behavior increases in times of adversity and includes many developmental and social activities.
As regards "Mir Ramadan Project", this project is considered the most important one of the Foundation's philanthropic projects in the domestic arena with about 134,000 beneficiaries of families at the state level over three years.
The Foundation launched Mir Ramadan project from which 44,900 families had benefited while the project is considered as the largest one in the region, and comes as part of the Foundation's humanitarian initiatives in the domestic arena, covering the whole country through 24 distribution centers. And for the second time, food rations and parcels were delivered to the homes of beneficiaries. "Mir Ramadan" in 2010 included 11 items of food supplies estimated at 20 tons, with change and addition of new healthy items in response to the wishes of beneficiaries .. And for convenience of the beneficiaries of this grant, the Foundation had provided a free delivery service to homes of the beneficiary households in all locations at the state level. The food ration or package of the eligible family satisfied the need of the beneficiary throughout the month of Ramadan.
In respect of the "Ramadan Iftar Project", Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation undertakes this humanitarian project inside and outside the state, with more than 4 ,000,000 beneficiaries of this project over the past three years, while the Foundation's grant, during last Ramadan had included 1,600,000 fasters through the provision of Iftar meals, either inside tents or distribution of ready meals to the fasting in all parts of the UAE State through the assigned distribution centers.
On the occasion of the Ramadan Iftar project success and during honoring of the productive families which participated in its implementation, Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation Director-General emphasized that the wise leadership approved the productive families' participation last year. This project was applied for the first time at the state level in the western region with the aim of their participation in preparing Ramadan meals in their homes in conformity to certain health conditions set in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, where the idea was applauded by everyone and by a large number of families in the western region, he pointed out.
23 UAE productive families participated in the project and they had prepared 2,600 Iftar meals daily, with a total number of 76,000 meals during the holy month of Ramadan. All sons and daughters of each family participated in the processing and preparation of the meals assigned to the family, and the project was highly approved in the western region as a prototype experiment at the state level.
In another sector of humanitarian work, covered by the aids provided by KBZF, the Foundation had paid the expenses of deporting about 250 prisoners on the occasion of The Lesser Bairam And the Greater Bairam, who served their sentences in the Reformatory and Punitive establishments in the country in different cases, and against whom a judicial award was issued for their deportation outside the country and who are unable to secure travel tickets to return their home countries.
This project emanates from the Foundation's commitment to its humanitarian role and to achieve its mission and goals for which it was established by extending any possible assistance to the needy, whether inside or outside the UAE State.
As regards the "multi-use halls project", the Foundation started to execute a multi-purposes hall project in Umm Al Quwain among its projects to serve the local society. The hall accommodates more than 1,200 persons while its implementation will take 18 months. The hall will be built according to the latest international standards to be multi-purposes and used for holding conferences, exhibitions, seminars and workshops with an approximate area of 109,600 square feet including 2,500 parking lots.
The hall, located in the area of Al Salmah on the Itihad Road near the cultural center, consists of two storeys; the upper one contains facilities and technical equipment rooms and the ground floor is divided into two halls; the first for men and the other for women, each having a private entrance, in addition to a VIP lounge next to a large part of the kitchen and other facilities.
And for this purpose, the Foundation has approved the final design for wedding halls which accommodate about a 1,200 persons according to the hall area after holding an architectural competition between the international consultants and won by the architectural design inspired by the state architectural heritage, reflecting the modern character and simulating the most beautiful conference halls in the region. The hall will be equipped with all equipment and supplies and the necessary preparations for wedding parties. "Al Barajil" was chosen as it represents a distinguished architectural landmark for the UAE housing in the past, where it was necessary for the house to contain one air opening shaft at least and may have two or more depending on the house capacity as manifested in the old buildings which are still present in the state to date.
Regarding the "health plan", the project, from which 172 people benefited in 2010 aims to provide health services and treatment of patients unable to bear the value and cost of treatment without discrimination between nationalities, religions, races or colors; it includes medicines, medical equipment, surgical operations in public and private hospitals and clinics.
Among the objectives of the health program fulfilling the needs of the poor of drugs, devices, medical treatment or surgery which costs large amounts of money out of their reach, and to activate the social and humanitarian role between the different nationalities in the state and the human service institutions.
As for the establishment of "a specialized center for people with disabilities in the eastern region", the Foundation seeks to set up a comprehensive center offering a high-level service to the people with disabilities in the eastern region, to serve Fujairah, Kalba, Khor Fakkan, Dibba Fujairah and the adjacent areas.
The centre aims to raise the level of service provided for this category in the eastern region through the adoption of a center providing services such as early intervention career, rehabilitation of people with mental, audio or visual disabilities, physical disabilities and developmental delays, cases of paralysis in addition to their integration and employment in society through a carefully studied plan mainly based on conducting a study to assess the current situation by a number of disabled persons, the services provided for them and the extent of need for new and necessary services according to the latest scientific methods.
Regarding "foreign aids", Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation aids were not restricted to the domestic arena, but it had also paid great attention to the needy in brotherly and friendly countries that are liable to disasters, taking the initiative to provide relief assistance for those affected by natural disasters. The Foundation's aids diversified including construction and developmental relief assistance, distribution of dates and provision of Iftar meals for the fasting, the same covering more than 40 countries.
As for the "Dates Distribution Project", Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation had launched the project in the brotherly and friendly countries during the holy month of Ramadan, consigning more than 160 tons of dates to 12 countries: Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, in addition to Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Portugal, and Estonia.
The seasonal project comes to achieve the Foundation's mission to improve the lives of those suffering from difficult circumstances and to provide some of their needs during the holy month of Ramadan with the allocation of large quantities of dates for the peoples of the brotherly and friendly countries and the Arab and Muslim communities abroad.
As regards the "Ramadan Iftar project abroad," and within the framework of the Foundation's Ramadan projects, the number of beneficiaries of the Iftar project, carried out by the Foundation in 2010, was more than 450,000 people in 40 Arab and Islamic countries around the world.
The project comes to establish the values of human solidarity during the holy month and as a confirmation of Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation mission of supporting the segments affected by the implications of the hard living conditions, improving the conditions of the poor and needy categories, enhancing social solidarity, and providing more donation and initiatives in all fields to help the vulnerable segments.
The Foundation had executed, during the last month of Ramadan, the projects of Iftar and distribution of food parcels to about 40 countries around the world with nearly 450,000 beneficiaries on the basis of the Foundation's humanitarian mission and its responsibility towards the poor and the needy in order to achieve its humanitarian mission and initiatives in improving the conditions of the vulnerable and building strong bridges of benevolence and cooperation with the peoples of the sisterly and friendly countries, especially those suffering from stress and hard conditions of living.
Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation paid considerable attention to Palestine because of the difficult situations experienced by the Palestinians under occupation, and therefore there were several aids provided by the Foundation for the Palestinians including food parcels, and medical and education aids.
During last Ramadan, the Foundation carried out the largest Iftar project in Palestine under the supervision of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees "UNRWA".
The "UNRWA" carried out a program relating to the project of Ramadan parcels distributed throughout the holy month to the vulnerable Palestinian families with more than 75,000 beneficiaries of 13,000 families living mostly in the Palestinian camps.
The program included supply of a basic food item i.e. meats for the poor families who are unable to buy it due to its high price, especially in the month of Ramadan.. This UAE aid was highly approved by the needy Palestinian families who lauded this benevolence they were accustomed to over the last years.
In the Gaza Strip, Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation implemented, for the third year in a row, the Ramadan Iftar program in the Gaza Strip, from which more from 90,000 people had benefited.
The "UNRWA" officials supervising Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation Ramadan program execution said that "Ramadan banquets" set up by the Foundation in the Gaza Strip is part of an integrated program covering all the Palestinian territories, since the Foundation has distributed food parcels to thousands of the poor families in 19 Palestinian camps in ten Palestinian provinces in the West Bank.
They pointed out that the Iftar program was carried out in several locations in the Gaza Strip including Khan Yunis, central and southern Gaza, and in the city of Gaza itself. The poor families, widows, orphans, the disabled, and the needy students were targeted by this program.
In cooperation with the "UNRWA", Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation undertook to run a school carrying the name of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, "may God save and bless him", in the Gaza Strip. The project comes out of the Foundation's keenness on standing with the Palestinian people in this difficult ordeal and contributing to the alleviation of some of the human suffering experienced by the Palestinians in Gaza under the Israeli blockade, especially in the fields of education and health. Beit Lahiya Elementary Boys School, which lies north of the Gaza Strip, comprises 32 classrooms accommodating 1,288 students in the morning period; 1,127 female students and 161 male students in the afternoon period covering the 1st – 4th grades, with 37 teachers and 17 part time teachers as well.
Filippo Grandi, "UNRWA" Commissioner-General, declared that Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation was the first to answer the call of "UNRWA" to adopt a school in the Gaza Strip serving more than 2,500 male and female students.
He announced in a speech during the ceremony held in Gaza that the Foundation had adopted a school of the UNRWA in Beit Lahiya, and that it was decided to name the school "Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan School" in recognition of the prominent role of the Foundation and its continued response and generous support of the efforts exerted by the UNRWA.
He pointed out that the school which had been bombarded by "phosphorus" grenades and artillery during the Israeli attack on Gaza in December 2009, works by the assistance of Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation to serve two separate schools, one for school boys and the other for co-education while the number of students in both schools amounts to 2,578 male and female students.
Grandi said: "we are deeply grateful to the leading Foundation and its patron His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE "may God save and bless him" for this new partnership with the UNRWA which will encourage other partners to go ahead and announce adoption of another school."
He said that the "UNRWA" started its cooperation with the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation in 2008 with a project aimed at providing food for refugees in Gaza. Since then, the UNRWA and the Foundation have worked side by side in programs devised to assist Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon in addition to the Gaza Strip.
As for "Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Mosque in Jerusalem"; the mosque, which is funded and overseen by Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation on a high ground in the town of Bethany, where it stands opposite to the minaret of Al-Aqsa Mosque east of Jerusalem. The mosque is a prominent UAE landmark in the Land of The Night Journey and Ascension, as it is considered the largest mosque built in Palestine in terms of area and capacity after Al Aqsa blessed Mosque. The area of the mosque is about 4,000 square meters and it is located on a high mound overseeing a vast area of the outskirts of Jerusalem behind and inside isolating wall set up by the occupation authorities three years ago to separate the city of Jerusalem from its Arab neighborhoods.
Regarding the Foundation's aids to the Republic of Maldives, H. H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, witnessed the signing ceremony of the agreement by virtue of which a grant was provided by the Foundation to the Republic of Maldives to finance the deployment project of Telemedicine services in the Maldives. The agreement was signed for Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation by H. E. Ahmed Juma Al Zaabi, Deputy Minister of Presidential Affairs, and Vice President of the Foundation in the Maldives and for the Maldivian side by H. E. Ahmed Naseem, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives.
The signing of this agreement comes within the framework of Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation global initiatives to fund sustainable projects that contribute to creating job opportunities in the beneficiary countries and raising the level of basic services, especially in the fields of health and education.
"Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Project for Telemedicine Services," includes a network consisting of 35 sites spread throughout the islands of the Maldives, and under this project the Department of Nursing in the Faculty of Medicine will be called "Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Nursing Center" besides affixing the state emblem and the name of Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation on all the equipment of the project.
His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan expressed his appreciation of the fraternal relations linking the two countries, stressing the developmental character of the grant in conformity with the vision of Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation whose activities include, in addition to aids and assistance, infrastructure projects, particularly in the fields of health and education in view of the role played by these projects in developing and improving the lifestyles, rehabilitation and training of cadres, and creating more decent job opportunities for the people of the beneficiary country.
His Highness stressed the keenness of Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation to support the developmental initiatives and programs involving the use of modern technology, pointing out that the "medical kiosks and telemedicine treatment" program comes in this context as it contributes to solving logistics problems related to the delivery of health services to the distant and remote areas, because of the geographical nature of the Republic of Maldives consisting of hundreds of reef islands.
For his part, H. E. Ahmed Naseem, Foreign Minister of Maldives, extended his thanks and appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE – may God save and bless him - stressing the importance of the grant, saying that it reflects the depth of brotherly relations, and contributes to improving the living conditions of hundreds of thousands of people who are prevented by the challenges of nature from obtaining the services they need, especially in the health scope.
According to the agreement, Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation shall fund the establishment of a "telemedicine diagnostic treatment network," consisting of a central location and terminal location "medical kiosks" managed by nurses and technicians, while doctors in the central location shall assess the diagnostic information and prescribe medications for all cases including chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart, lung and kidney diseases.
This project is regarded as the first of its kind to be funded by Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation and it contributes to the provision of effective medical services for more than 350,000 people annually. The grant includes training of the local specialist doctors, technicians and biomedical engineers abroad, and enhancing the local training facilities for the training of nurses and the entire site preparation, management and maintenance during the contract period which extends for three years. The project contributes to raising and improving the quality of medical care and reducing its costs, extending the umbrella of equal and high-quality health services to cover all areas regardless of the location and without the need for the existence of patients and specialists in the same area. It also contributes to alleviating the burden of transfer to the hospitals and medical care facilities specialized in the remote provision of such services.
In March 2010, Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation adopted Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Institute for Vocational Education in the southern city of Sidon, as a real translation of the Foundation's strategy in its humanitarian initiatives in vocational education. The Institute has about 300 students in six disciplines: electrical wiring, and auto mechanics and electricity in addition to air conditioning, refrigeration, maintenance, repair, accounting, information technology, literacy obliteration and vocational orientation program. There are also three types of supplementary professional certificates in the Institute which require two academic years and the technical baccalaureate that takes three years, as well as special courses for one year.
Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation announced the implementation of similar professional projects in the Kingdom of Bahrain and Arab Republic of Egypt in the coming period.
The Institute occupies the top of educational institutions in the region due to its vocational education level, as it mainly and directly attracts the students who are unable to complete their studies and subject them to educational rehabilitation programs to raise their competence, professional experience and professional orientation through official government certificates enabling them to regain the hope they had lost when deprived of the academic educational attainment.
Sheikh Khalifa Secondary School in Mombassa, Kenya was established in the late seventies. Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation oversees the school management and undertakes follow-up of its needs, in addition to a number of other humanitarian projects in Kenya with thousands of beneficiaries of the needy and poor families. This comes within the framework of the Foundation's commitment to strengthen the relationship between the two sides and supporting Muslim communities in the African continent in general and the Coast of Kenya in particular where concentration on the teachings of Islam and Arabic language among people.
The school building consists of the main building including the office of the school principal and his two vice-principals, a meeting hall, offices of the other management departments, and two libraries for the faculty and a classroom containing fully equipped computers. The school has a mosque accommodating about 1,000 male and female worshipers where Friday prayers are performed and daily sermons and lectures are delivered to students and worshipers from outside the school.
Among the distinctive buildings attached to the school is female students' housing building called "Sheikha Hessa Housing" accommodating 200 students with a public meeting hall for about 2,000 people and a large library for boys and girls having books and references for students and teachers. The school has an accommodation for male students called "Al Ain Housing" with the capacity of 280 students, two laboratories for physics and chemistry, 4 workshops of the Technical Department, a kitchen, and 2 dining halls for male and female students in the internal section.
It's worth mentioning that Sheikh Khalifa Secondary School was recorded in 1979 as one of the national schools in Kenya which applied the Kenyan curriculum and is open to all without distinction of race or religion, and has become one of the prominent schools in Kenya with a teaching staff of more than 48 male and female teachers and more than 52 employees, in addition to the cleaners and drivers. In recent years, Sheikh Khalifa Secondary School in Kenya achieved excellence as it became the first in the coast province for three consecutive years and was the second one year, and it's currently preparing to compete at the state level.
Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation announced the implementation of Khalifa Institute for Vocational Education's projects in the Kingdom of Bahrain and Arab Republic of Egypt. These projects come out of Foundation's adoption of vocational education and industrial training as a key strategy in its humanitarian initiatives especially in education to solve the problem of unemployment and with the aim of supporting a needy segment in the poor communities in the face of poverty and misery, and the adoption of innovative and professional educational curricula to enable students to acquire the abilities and skills required in specific practical fields. .
The Joint Authority for the establishment of Islamic cultural centers was set up in 1975 by virtue of an agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Libya with the aim of founding and managing Islamic cultural centers in some African countries. The Joint Authority has four centers currently operating in Africa in the republics of Burundi, Togo, Mali and Rwanda.
Each center includes a preparatory school and a secondary school, two dispensaries, a pharmacy, three playgrounds for "football, basketball and volleyball," four meeting halls, a theater and several other facilities.
Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation is also responsible for the funding of a medical complex in Homs, Syria called Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Medical Complex in Homs. The complex is located in Al Hassiaa, Homs and includes 500 beds divided onto two phases; the first 260 and the second 240 beds on an area of up to 100 dunams within the health map of Homs governorate, which observes the establishment of a medical city within the comprehensive plan of the governorate to be implemented, commissioned and managed in a modern way, and this is considered a quantum leap in the management of medical facilities in Syria.
As for Sheikh Khalifa Specialist Medical treatment Centre in Morocco, enabling works of the project were started and the main contractor tender will be offered at the end of December this year. It is located in the city of Casablanca on an area of up to 65,000 square meters and a building area of up to 36,000 square meters. The 138-bed capacity hospital has an emergency center, cancer treatment center, a center for heart diseases in addition to the other general specialties.
As regards "Khalifa Hospital in South Vietnam," by Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation funding, where Sheikh Ahmad Ali Al Mu’la, UAE Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, in the first half of December last year, launched the work in the hospital of His Highness Sheikh Khalifah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, may God save and bless him, in Om Yang province south of the Republic of Vietnam where many Vietnamese Muslims live. The hospital will serve more than seven villages, mostly inhabited by Muslims. The people of the province lauded the aids provided by the United Arab Emirates through the charity associations operating in their areas in particular and in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in general.
Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation had provided the latest cancer treatment device for Sri Lanka, and it was placed in a government hospital for the treatment of this disease among the poor.
The Sri Lankan President praised this noble deed of the UAE and said that the said device is one of the latest devices in Sri Lanka for the treatment of this disease.
A number of Sri Lankan health officials also spoke at the ceremony held on this occasion praising these charitable and humanitarian aids provided by the United Arab Emirates to the Republic of Sri Lanka through its charitable organizations and institutions.
As for the "Mayo Clinic" project in support of the UNESCO professorship chairs in the fight against diseases, Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation signed an agreement with the US Mayo Clinic Foundation to assign a high scientific degree in the name of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE "may God save and bless him."
The aim of the Foundation through this agreement is to support the professorship chairs in disease control and conducting research and field studies by using the scientific methods and publishing the researches in the scientific journals and periodicals worldwide.
According to the agreement, "Mayo Clinic" Foundation will establish a permanent grant fund supported by Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation and devoted to the professorship degree in the field of disease control in the name of "His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan professorship in disease control", in addition to submitting an annual report to Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation including the details of researches and identity of the professorship degree holder.
Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation is also setting up the "maternity hospital project" in the city of Chimkent, the second largest city of the Republic of Kazakhstan in terms of population, within the framework of health assistance provided by the Foundation for the needy in many of the brotherly and friendly countries. The Foundation had borne the costs of equipping the hospital with the latest devices and medical equipment, and so it was called "Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Hospital."
The hospital aims to provide health care services for women, "motherhood and childbirth" and the project is designed to accommodate 120 beds including 12 ICU beds and 8 beds for newborns. The hospital is considered one of the latest and best hospitals in the city and it serves the residents of the city of Chimkent and southern regions of Kazakhstan where 1,200,000 people live.
As regards "Sheikh Khalifa Mosque in Kazakhstan", funded by the Foundation, it accommodates more than 3,500 worshipers in Kazakhstan and is named "Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Mosque". The mosque is located in the Kazakh city of Chimkent, on a built-up area of 4,000 square meters with a praying place for women on an area of 270 square meters. More than 50 per cent of the mosque project, that serves the congregation in the city of Chimkent with a population of 1,200,000 people, has been completed.
The mosque is designed on the Islamic architectural style and is considered, after opening it, one of the largest mosques in Kazakhstan. The project aims to provide a decent place of worship and the preparation of a cultural center for Muslims there since the mosque is characterized by its vast area and many appendixes and facilities including a large praying place, four minarets with 31 m. height each in addition to a big dome with 37 m. height. The mosque also includes a set of "toilets, many places for ablution, an accommodation for the imam, public library and parking lots for 120 cars."
The total site area of the mosque is about 6,500 square meters while the construction area is nearly 4,000 square meters, and all the construction works are close to completion.
Regarding the "foreign aid projects," Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation has been active in the implementation of the relief aid strategy for those affected by natural disasters and it has set a program for these projects carried out properly at the time of the disaster in any country in the world. The Foundation has also followed up the humanitarian situation of the country affected by the disaster and continued to provide assistance for it to alleviate suffering of the people affected by these disasters.
As per the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE "may God save and bless him" for relief of the distressed in the Republic of Haiti as a result of the devastating earthquake which struck Haiti on January 12 last year, and the huge material and human damages it caused. The Foundation had provided emergency aids to help victims through 5 stages, whereas the Foundation had sent a relief plane loaded with 77 tons of aids in the first stage. The other stages were executed through direct purchase of about 500 tons of emergency relief items and medical supplies from the local market in the Dominican Republic to expedite the arrival of these aids to the affected.
As per orders of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, may God save and bless him, Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation dispatched emergency humanitarian aids to flood victims in Pakistan. The Foundation was one of the first humanitarian institutions that have contributed to reducing the suffering of the affected people in Pakistan.
This Foundation had executed this emergency relief through eight stages including 30,000 shelter tents, food parcels and blankets. Eight water treatment plants were purchased and installed to produce more than 150,000 gallons per day in addition to the distribution of medicines and medical supplies.
Last October, the Foundation dispatched a convoy of 65 trucks carrying 9,000 food parcels; 3,000 tents; 9,000 blankets and 6,000 liters of mineral water to the Monastery of Deira Murad Jamali, Naseer Abad, Jafar Abad, Jal Makassi and Zouk in Baluchistan and Sukkur in Sind. The food parcel contains flour, oil, sugar, rice and lentil.
These aids are distributed in coordination with the officials in local departments in the Pakistani areas affected by floods, and they always express their thanks and gratitude to the UAE and Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation for their assistance to the Pakistani people. The Pakistani media have lauded the UAE urgent humanitarian aids to the affected people evacuated from the flood-stricken areas in Pakistan.
As part of the UAE project to help Pakistan, Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation adopts and funds roads and bridges projects in Pakistan.
Chief of Pakistani Army Staff, Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, praised the generous initiative of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the benevolent people of the UAE who gave a lot to their brothers in Pakistan, pointing out that the Pakistani people will never forget the noble stances of the UAE leadership and people in all ordeals and adversities.
General Kayani said that the distinct relations between the UAE and Pakistan achieve mutual benefits and real gains for the two peoples, commending the aids provided by the UAE to assist in the establishment of development projects in Pakistan.
His Excellency Ambassador Ali Seif Sultan Al Awany, UAE Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan also paid tribute to the efforts exerted by Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation to support, adopt and fund roads and bridges projects that will be implemented by the UAE project to help Pakistan, pointing out that laying the foundation stone of the project of rebuilding a bridge established forty years ago on the River Swat and called "Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Bridge" represents a vital support to the region's population.
The reconstruction of the bridge comes under UAE project to help Pakistan comes within the framework of the good offices made by the UAE to assist its brothers in the Arab and Islamic countries as one of the leading donor countries of humanitarian aids and international development at the world level.
The UAE Ambassador to Pakistan noted the great role played by Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation in Pakistan and several regions around the world, as a translation of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan's directives regarding the necessity of communication between the UAE and the peoples of the world and the UAE participation in all fields of humanitarian work in coordination with the international community organizations, to keep these activities as a symbol and coronation of the excellent relations between the UAE people and the Pakistani people.
He emphasized that naming this important and vital bridge after His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, comes in the context of gratitude, appreciation and gratitude for His Highness' noble deeds and generous humanitarian and development initiatives to help the Pakistani people to overcome the negative effects caused by the floods disaster.
About 70,000 people benefit from Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Bridge and nearly 5,000 vehicles use it daily. The bridge is 330 m. long and is expected to be completed in 2011.
Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation had dispatched 500 tons of assorted food items speedily to Somalia through the Republic of Yemen during the holy month of Ramadan last year. This move came to save time and effort to deliver aids urgently to Somalia.
This emergency relief assistance to Somalia comes in achievement of the Foundation's mission to provide relief aids to the peoples suffering from food crises and to reduce their human suffering.
It is noteworthy that the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation had carried out, at the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, Iftar project in Kharaz camp for Somali refugees in Yemen, through the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, in addition to the Iftar project in the Republic of Yemen….
Many officials of the United Nations, Arab and friendly countries and ambassadors, observing the Foundation's activities, praised its humanitarian efforts from which tens of thousands of the poor and needy benefit around the world.
In Syria, His Excellency Dr. Reda Adnan Said, Syrian Minister of Health, and Dr. Amer Hosni Lotfi, head of the State Planning Authority in Syria, and Eng. Eyad Ghazal, Governor of Homs, expressed their thanks and appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, may God save and bless him, for his noble, charitable and humanitarian projects implemented by the UAE in the Syrian Arab Republic.
They stressed the keenness of Syrian authorities on executing the hospital project ordered by His Highness, President of the UAE, according to the best specifications available which befit His Highness, affirming readiness of the Syrian side to take all procedures for the implementation of this project as soon as possible.
In Lebanon, Fouad Al Saniora, former Lebanese Prime Minister, paid tribute, during his meeting with His Excellency Rahma Hussein Al Zaabi, UAE Ambassador to Lebanon in Beirut to the humanitarian, service and development projects carried out by the UAE in all fields in Lebanon as per directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, may God save and bless him. Saniora also lauded the initiatives and generous humanitarian aids provided by Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charity Works Foundation, Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation and the UAE Red Crescent Authority, expressing his appreciation of the UAE permanent support of the Lebanese people in difficult circumstances wishing them to continue their support and assistance to alleviate Lebanon's suffering and provide the needs of the poor there to enable them to live in dignity.
For his part, Field Marshal Abdul Rahman Sewar Al Zahab Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Munazzamat al-Da’wa al-Islamiia, commended the initiatives and humanitarian projects undertaken by the UAE in general and Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation in particular on the local, regional and international humanitarian scene especially its efforts in the fight against poverty, starvation, emergency relief aids, and the development of poor societies facing many challenges, most notably finding ways and providing material support to improve the levels of education and health in poor countries due to weak potentials, wars or natural disasters.
Sewar Al Zahab expressed his appreciation of the humanitarian efforts undertaken by the Foundation on the African arena.
His Excellency Carlos Murils Troncoso, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic, also praised the great efforts made by Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation during the provision of emergency relief for the victims of the earthquake which hit Haiti in January 2010 and to supply alternative assistance outlets due to the difficulty of their arrival to Haiti Airport, which reveals the Foundation's professional performance in the provision of other solutions to ensure the arrival of aids to the Haitian people. He also expressed his appreciation of the cooperation ties between the Foundation and the Dominican government in the coordination of the necessary mechanisms to deliver relief aids to Haiti within the framework of the Foundation's keenness to execute the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, , may God save and bless him, to provide relief services in order to meet the requirements of the Haitian scene that faced major humanitarian challenges as a result of the damages caused by the earthquake.
Filippo Grandi, the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency "UNRWA" also expressed his appreciation of the humanitarian initiatives and projects carried out by the UAE in general and , may God save and bless him in particular on the local, regional and international humanitarian scene especially its efforts in the fight against poverty, starvation and emergency relief aids and development of the vulnerable societies facing numerous challenges, most notably education and health.
The "UNRWA" commissioner said that the Foundation had become a milestone in the areas of philanthropy thanks to its distinct humanitarian projects, and being the first to take the initiative of providing urgent relief to the Palestinian people during the recent Israeli war on the Gaza Strip.
Ambassador Mohamed Hassan Duwari, Ambassador of Somalia to the Republic of Yemen, paid tribute to Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation's fast move, sympathy with the Somali people in their severe food crisis and dispatch of an emergency aid shipment during the holy month of Ramadan to alleviate much of Somali people's suffering.
It is not strange to Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation owing to its long experience in humanitarian work and its roles extended to all parts of the world, for which it deserves all thanks and praise, he said. He also lauded the UAE situations in all fields, especially in the field of charitable and humanitarian work; adding that this is an object of the Somali government's appreciation and the Somali people.
His Excellency Hamid Weld Ahmed Taleb, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania to the UAE, expressed his thanks for the charitable and humanitarian activities carried out by the UAE in general and Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation in particular to reduce human suffering and provide relief aids for the peoples facing wars, calamities and natural disasters.
H. E. Ambassador noted the distinct initiatives executed by the Foundation in many countries of the African continent; which is in need of development projects in all fields, especially education and health fields.
Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation makes tangible and obvious efforts to help the distressed people, establish the projects which contribute to the development of poor societies in a number of countries and extend a helping hand to all human beings without discrimination.
His Excellency Ali Nasser Al Nuaimi, UAE Ambassador to Australia, extended thanks and appreciation to Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation for its humanitarian initiative which has been and still highly approved by charities and humanitarian organizations due to its good echoes as it embodies the values of our tolerant religion, translates into practice the principles of compassion and tolerance encouraged by the Islamic religion, and provides a bridge for human and civilized communication between peoples and establishes cooperation between them.
For his part, the President of the Canberra Islamic Centre lauded the initiative of Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, which had become an annual tradition and distinguished landmark during the holy month of Ramadan. extending, in his name and on behalf of the members of the executive body and those in charge of the Centre, sincere thanks and high appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, may God save and bless him, for the valuable aids he provides for the needy, wishing His Highness good health and happiness and the people of the UAE further progress and prosperity.