Earlier this month, the world's largest childcare organisation did their bit to help the region's children in need. SOS Children's Villages teamed up with entrepreneur Zina Khair, fashionista and brand manager Miriam Abadi and managing partner and influencer Katia Jundi to host their annual Ramadan suhoor, raising money for the children's charity. Khair, Abadi and Jundi, the event's organisers, have made two visits to SOS Children's Villages, most recently to a Kfar Hay village in Lebanon and are regular hosts of the organisation's charity events. Held at Dubai's Grand Millennium Hotel, it was an elegant affair for a great cause.
SOS Children's Villages regularly organises events to benefit those in need - their recent Mother's Day breakfast, for example - on typically family-oriented occasions, encouraging us all to reflect and have in our thoughts the less fortunate who may have lost their family.
SOS Children's Villages
The charity, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, has been operating in the Middle East since the '60s. There are 25 SOS Children's Villages in 9 countries spanning the Middle East and North Africa, which support almost 10,000 children. Valuable educational, healthcare and emergency programmes are in place across Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, coordinated from the Gulf Area Office.
With a long-standing commitment to improving access to education in the region, they've created the 'YouthCan!' programme. The initiative aims to equip young people with the essential skills, knowledge and training needed for the workplace, supporting and mentoring in particular those without parental care. It launched last year in Amman, in collaboration with MBC Al Amal.