Delegation visits Luxor and Cairo to assess progress on projects it is helping to fund
Sharjah: A delegation of The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF), a Sharjah-based global humanitarian organisation dedicated to helping people in need worldwide, has visited Egypt to assess the development of a number of social projects it is helping to fund in Egypt.
The joint delegation comprised TBHF members and their partners in Egypt, including Mariam Al Hammadi, Director of TBHF; Randa Aboul Hosn, UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) Country Director in Egypt; and Dr Heba Handoussa, Director of Egypt Network for Integrated Development (ENID) initiative.
The first of TBHF’s projects was the reopening of a health care centre in Luxor. With a budget of $270,740 (Dh993,615), TBHF has funded the renovation and development of the centre’s medical units. Egypt Network for Integrated Development (ENID), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Egyptian Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation (MIIC) partnered with TBHF on the facilitation of the project.
During their visit, the TBHF and UNDP delegation inspected the health care centre, which caters to more than 20,000 patients each year, to ensure it had sufficient medical equipment and other supplies. They also met the team of physicians and nurses working at the centre who shared their new plan of action in treating patients and appreciated TBHF for their efforts in improving health care services in Luxor.
“We will further enhance our successful partnership with TBHF to provide yet more support to the most underprivileged areas and to work together to deliver quality services to disadvantaged people in the country,” said Randa Aboul Hosn, UNDP Country Director in Egypt
TBHF delegates also toured a centre to improve women’s education. The representatives were taken around the project’s literacy and vocational training departments and explored the enrolment level of women in its various academic courses.
“TBHF’s projects in Egypt align with the directives of Shaikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of TBHF, to enhance humanitarian action in fraternal countries and to contribute to improving the lives of people there by providing educational and health care services to them.
“This visit was aimed at measuring the impact of our three current projects in the country and to assess the extent to which they cater to the needs of the target group,” said Mariam Al Hammadi, Director of TBHF.
The delegates also visited Cairo to review TBHF’s third project in Egypt, the Abbasia Hospital for Mental Health. TBHF’s grant of $311,459 to the hospital has supported the development of a Child and Adolescent Unit, which offers therapy sessions to a large segment of patients, as well as funded the construction of a day-care centre for children with autism.
TBHF currently has five funds supporting its main programme areas: the Palestine Fund (Salam Ya Seghar), the Refugee Fund, the Girl Child Fund, the Ameera Fund (Global Cancer Fund), and the Mena Fund.