Humanitarian aid for Yemen continues to pour in

Dr Hamdan Al Mazrouei, chairman of ERC, said the authority has been able to contribute greatly to the humanitarian aid in Yemen.

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ABU DHABI // The Yemen: We Care campaign has helped to rebuild parks, schools and hospitals for 10 million people, the Emirates Red Crescent says.

Dr Hamdan Al Mazrouei, chairman of the ERC, said it had also dealt with humanitarian challenges in the war-torn country related to health, education, power and water sanitation.

“The authority has experience in dealing with such circumstances, which allowed us to make a difference in humanitarian aid as well as development that is targeted towards tourism,” Dr Al Mazrouei said.

The month-long campaign had raised Dh502 million until Sunday but more generous donors have since added to that.

Al Ihsan Charity Association donated Dh10m to the drive, while Abu Dhabi Capital Group, First Gulf Bank and Link Investments gave Dh5m each. Telecoms operator du donated Dh1m.

Some of the funds have gone into a second batch of generators for lighting streets and homes in Aden, to be delivered on Mondau.

Dr Shamsheer Vayalil, managing director of VPS Healthcare, said his Dh2.5m donation was inspired by the example set by the UAE leadership.

“The donations come as a way to benefit the Yemeni people in the conflict, and an extension of social responsibility towards a humanitarian cases,” he said.

Dr Vayalil said the group would do what it could to support the ERC, especially in medicine.

The ERC has urged residents to keep donating until the campaign finishes at the end of the month. Pupils were encouraged to take part this week with coupons to help them donate.

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