His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, may God protect him, announced the successful conclusion of the “One Billion Meals” initiative and its achievement of its goals of providing one billion meals to the needy, stressing that the campaign expresses the true values of the people of the UAE in helping the needy .
This came in a post by His Highness on Twitter, in which he revealed the success of the campaign in collecting 600 million meals, and His Highness’s contribution to 400 million meals to complete the billion meals. He thanked all the contributors to the largest initiative to provide food support to the poor and needy, especially vulnerable groups of children, refugees, displaced and affected people. disasters and crises around the world.
His Highness said in his blog: “Thank God, we conclude the “Billion Meals” campaign, with a record total of 600 million meals so far… donated by institutions, companies, businessmen and 320,000 individuals… and today we announce personal support for the campaign with 400 million meals to complete the billion meals.” We ask God to accept from us and from you fasting, reading the Qur’an and feeding food in this holy month.”
His Highness added: “The One Billion Meals campaign expresses the true values of the people of the Emirates… It expresses this people’s sense of the suffering of others amidst nutritional conditions and challenges that the world is witnessing… I thank all those who contributed, participated, encouraged and interacted with the largest humanitarian campaign in the history of the country to feed food in fifty countries around the world.” God save the Emirates… God save the people of the Emirates.”
His Highness pointed out that the UAE supports the needy, aids the insolvent and supports the weak and hungry everywhere, and its initiatives support humanity, benefit humanity, and invest in people for a dignified life and a better future.
influx of donations
The “One Billion Meals” initiative achieved its goals in less than a month, after the contributions of 320,868 donors accelerated the achievement of the initiative aimed at feeding food in 50 countries around the world, and the flow of contributions from individuals, companies, government and private sector institutions, businessmen and pioneers of charitable and humanitarian work in the UAE via the website and bank account text messages, and the initiative’s call center.
Innovative activities in support of the initiative
The qualitative events that supported the initiative also played an important role in achieving the goals in record time, including the “Noble Number” charity auctions for distinguished numbers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the tender race for government institutions, companies, schools and educational institutions, and the “One Million Meals of Surplus Food Campaign.” .
The campaign’s achievement of its goals was accompanied by a comprehensive societal interaction at various levels with individual and institutional donations and moral support through digital platforms and social media, and the start of early distributions of food and food parcels in 13 countries.
His Excellency Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Secretary-General of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, affirmed that the achievement of the “One Billion Meals” initiative, less than a month after its launch, consolidates the position of the UAE as a global capital for charitable and humanitarian work, and a beacon for relief work, from which a helping hand extends to charity The most needy groups around the world regardless of race, color, gender or belief.
His Excellency said: The record results that exceed expectations of the “One Billion Meals” campaign confirm that the UAE, under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State “may God protect him”, and with the guidance and support of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and President of the State The Cabinet, Ruler of Dubai, and his brother, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, continue to advance its humanitarian mission globally, as an effective contributor to international efforts to confront and overcome humanitarian challenges, and through its constant keenness to Providing full support to humanitarian issues in the region and the world.
His Excellency added that the “Billion Meals” campaign and other humanitarian initiatives launched by the UAE are a continuation of the legacy of the founding father and pioneer of charitable and humanitarian work, the late, God willing, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, “may God rest his soul”, who established a distinguished approach and a unique style in Enhancing aspects of charitable and humanitarian work, followed by the wise leadership of the country, and it was able to achieve a qualitative leap in the areas of relief aid through many innovative initiatives, including the initiatives of feeding food coinciding with the blessed month of Ramadan every year, which evolved from 10 million meals two years ago to become 100 million A meal last year, then expanded to become one billion meals this year, amid a record turnout for contributions from philanthropists, white-handed people and benefactors.
His Excellency pointed out that the contribution of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to complete the one billion meals is an example of integration between the wise leadership and the Emirati people, who look to their leadership as a model of giving and humanity, and derive from it the deepest Meanings of goodness, inspiration and solidarity with people and societies in need.
His Excellency Mohammed Al Gergawi stressed that the campaign’s achievement of its goals in less than a month reflects the depth of the values of giving, charity and generosity rooted in the mind and conscience of the UAE society as an inherent Emirati culture, stressing that the campaign would not have achieved these record results without the support and directives of the wise leadership, and the efforts of partners The campaign was launched by national authorities, institutions and companies, and if it were not for the contributions of philanthropists who united their efforts to contribute to achieving the noble goals of the initiative, most notably participating in the eradication of hunger and malnutrition globally by providing food security to hundreds of millions in 50 countries around the world.
“Noblest Number” auctions
The most noble charitable auction of distinguished numbers in Dubai achieved 53 million dirhams in favor of the “One Billion Meals” initiative, followed by the most noble auction in support of the initiative from Abu Dhabi Police, which achieved 111 million dirhams, in person and electronically.
In just two weeks, the “One Million Meals Campaign” organized by the Emirates Food Bank in support of the “Billion Meals” initiative succeeded in exceeding its goal of collecting more than one million meals in cooperation with its partners from hotels, restaurants and supermarkets in the country.
Tender race for institutions and schools
The tender race for government institutions, companies, schools and educational institutions also contributed to providing institutional support and creating a comprehensive community movement for the “Billion Meals” initiative, which was more known, and raising the numbers of donations to it through the digital portfolios created by the participants in the tender race, the outcome of which was poured into supporting the initiative through the platform. Crowdfunding YallaGive.
The contributions of individual donors, institutions, economic events and business sectors to the “One Billion Meals” initiative amounted to hundreds of millions of meals, which are added to the total 220 million meals achieved by the “100 Million Meals” campaign, and completed to weave a food safety net for the needy around the world.
get everyone involved
The “Billion Meals” initiative, the largest of its kind in the region, represents the values of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, which aims to involve everyone in charitable and humanitarian work from individuals and institutions from various sectors in the UAE and the world, with its focus on the concept of sustainable community financing to provide support and the components of food security for the most needy groups, and opened the door to participation in a comprehensive societal movement aimed at weaving a network for those who do not find anything to feed their lives.
The “Billion Meals” initiative cooperates with international, regional and local partners, such as the World Food Program, the network of regional food banks, the Emirates Food Bank, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and charitable, humanitarian and social work associations in the countries covered by the initiative, in order to deepen the positive impact of the initiative. Expanding the circle of those whom it connects with aid, aid and human solidarity.
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