In partnership with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, Etihad Aviation Group is donating 10,000 scarves to refugee children in Lebanon.
This special initiative highlights the Group’s dedication to help raise awareness of World Children’s Day. The donation will be shipped and distributed to 10,000 refugee children in Lebanon between the ages of six and 14.
Commenting on the donation was vice president medical services and CSR, Etihad Aviation Group, Dr Nadia Bastaki: “These scarves were made by our employees with love, who volunteered to contribute to this humanitarian mission. We want to reach the most vulnerable children who have little protection from the cold this winter by providing them with an essential piece of clothing. We hope this donation will make a difference in their lives and draw a smile to their faces.”
World Children’s Day is celebrated each year on November 20 to promote international togetherness, raise awareness among children worldwide and improve children’s welfare.
In the MENA region, half of refugees are children who have limited or no protection during the winter season, leaving them exposed to diseases and sickness.
Chief of private sector partnerships, UNHCR MENA, Houssam Chahine remarked: “We are grateful to partners like Etihad, who understand the plight of refugees, especially during the harsh winter months, and continue to show their solidarity with the most vulnerable forcibly displaced through initiatives such as this.”
Chahine added: “This year, an estimated 3.88 million refugees and internally displaced people in the MENA region are in need of urgent and substantial help to properly prepare for winter, and require our collective support in order to protect their children from the cold season,” he added.
Over 43,000 children have benefited from Etihad Aviation Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility projects.