‘We Stand Together’ initiative supplies food, health items, and food kits to Pakistan

Hundreds of volunteers from all seven emirates joined the “We Stand Together” campaign yesterday, demonstrating the UAE’s humanitarian heart and spirit.

1,200 tonnes of food, health, and hygiene products, including 30,000 food kits, have been provided as part of this project.

The UAE was among the first nations to offer immediate aid to the impacted people, and the relief supplies would be urgently shipped to Pakistan. 

At three locations around the nation, including Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC), Expo City Dubai, and Expo Center Sharjah, volunteers of all ages and nationalities came together to prepare the aid packs in four hours. 

The “We Stand Together” initiative was started by the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC), Dubai Cares, and Sharjah Charity International with the support of nine other UAE humanitarian organisations, including the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment, The Big Heart, and the Ministry of Community Development (MoCD) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC). 

Volunteers were organised into different teams as part of this community event to assist with the packing of two different types of relief kits, including food and hygiene kits. Food supplies included things like wheat, rice, lentils, oil, and other non-perishable foods, while hygiene packages included things like diapers, sanitary napkins, soaps, and other necessities for women and kids. 

The ERC’s Secretary-General, Hamoud Abdullah Al Junaibi, praised the contribution of volunteers to the “We Stand Together” initiative’s effectiveness in lessening the humanitarian impact of the rains and floods in Pakistan.

Al Junaibi thanked the coalition of 12 humanitarian groups for their crucial contribution to enhancing the UAE’s leadership position in Pakistan.

“This coalition reflects the unity of the UAE’s humanitarian work and interprets the significance of partnerships in one of the most crucial sectors connected to enhancing life and lessening the pain of disaster and crisis victims.” 

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The UAE has a long history of aiding nations in need, and the overwhelming success of the “We Stand Together” statewide volunteering project is a strong indication of the nation’s humanitarian principles, according to Dr. Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer and Vice-Chairman of Dubai Cares.

“Numerous volunteers of different ages, nationalities, and locations came together to help Pakistan during this difficult time, illuminating the UAE community’s deeply ingrained tradition of compassion and charity. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all the volunteers for devoting their time and energy to this project and making it another UAE success story.” 

The CEO of Sharjah Charity International, Abdullah Sultan Bin Khadim, said: “Praise be to God for the success of the “We Stand Together” programme and the accomplishment of its objectives. By assembling the relief supplies that will be delivered via airbridge to individuals in the friendly Republic of Pakistan who have been devastated by the floods, the volunteers kept their commitment by being present at the event. The initiative symbolises the synergistic values of citizens and residents, women, men, young people, the elderly, as well as private persons and public entities.” 

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