Drive launched to save Lebanon kids

DUBAI — The Our Kids and Summer Vacation Project (OKSVP), under the auspices of the UAE Red Crescent, launched its "Pay a Dirham...Save a Lebanese Child " campaign yesterday in solidarity with the Lebanese people.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Mon 31 Jul 2006, 11:19 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 1:48 PM

The campaign will continue till the middle of August.

The Lebanese Deputy Consul General in Dubai, Farah Al Khateeb, attended the campaign's launch ceremony yesterday.

The head of the supreme committee of Our Kids and Summer Vacation Project, Eman Ismail, said that the campaign aims at spreading awareness, especially among the children, of the current situation in Lebanon.

She clarified that the new activities of the OKSVP will cover humanitarian aid and help children understand the importance of assisting others in their hour of need.

This campaign, she said, will directly hand over the cash donations and other relief materials to the UAE Red Crescentfor distribution in Lebanon.

On the first day of the campaign, many children and also their families participated in the effort to collect relief materials, especially food and clothes.

Some Lebanese kids who witnessed the initial Israeli air strikes, presented an operetta named "We Are Standing Together With the Lebanese Kids".

Farah Al Khateeb, commending the campaign effort, said, "we thank all the children here in the UAE whether nationals or expatriates for their empathy with the Lebanese people."

"The UAE has played a pioneering role in this effort and deserves to be commended commendation. I also thank all the other Arab countries for their help," she added.

A special show for the devastation that has hit Lebanon was also presented by the OKSVP children.

The manager of the boy's section at the OKSVP, Abdulraziq Soliman, said that the Israeli incursion into Lebanon "has prompted us to move fast to support all those suffering in Lebanon. We have also launched a campaign in conjunction with the UAE Red Crescent - which provided us 350 small size safes into which the OKSVP children can donate money."

In a touching gesture, the first donation came from Omar Adnan, a nine-year-old Syrian child in a 4th grade primary school, who donated Dh5,000 — the total amount of money he had saved over the past five years.

Omar said he was thinking to buy toys and new clothes, but he preferred to donate whatever he has so as to support his homeless children in Lebanon.

He added, his father who works as a physician for Dubai Hospital had prompted him to donate his money for a noble cause.

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