The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment has donated Dh20 million ($5.44bn) to the One Billion Meals campaign, Wam news agency reported on Sunday.
Announced last month, One Billion Meals encourages people to donate money to feed the needy. It will run until the target is met.
The campaign aims to help the vulnerable in 50 countries, supporting efforts to achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 2 to end hunger by 2030.
The One Billion Meals initiative is an extension of the 100 Million Meals campaign, which was launched during Ramadan 2021. At the time, it successfully distributed 220 million meals across 47 nations – double its initial target – with the participation of MBRCH teams.
Last year's 100 Million Meals campaign provided food parcels and vouchers to millions of people across four continents, including Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Sudan, Yemen, Tunisia, Iraq, Egypt, Kosovo, Brazil, Benin, Burundi, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Senegal, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Angola, Sierra Leone, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
Organised by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, the total was reached thanks to the generosity of 185,000 donors, from inside and outside the UAE.
On Sunday, the Emirates Red Crescent distributed hundreds of tonnes of Ramadan ration in Yemen. Around seven million people will benefit from the donation drive and iftar programmes in Shabwa, Hadramaut, Taiz, Hodeidah, and Socotra.
Meanwhile, a Sharjah charity distributed 30,000 meals to fasting people in the emirate on the first day of the holy month.
How to donate
The One Billion Meals campaign website has details of several options for donors.
Money can be pledged online, either monthly or by a one-off donation. People can donate by SMS message through Etisalat or du or money can be sent via bank transfer.
For big monetary donations and related enquiries, people can contact the campaign’s team on 800 9999.