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Dubai Provides Aid for Cyclone Nargis Victims In Myanmar
Date:5/9/2008

Sheikh Mohammed Pledges Grant of Emergency Aid through Dubai Cares

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, May 9 /PRNewswire/ -- His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai, announced the emergency provision of 200 temporary structures to be used as schools and shelter to support the victims of Cyclone Nargis. Myanmar has accepted Dubai's donation. The official death toll currently stands at 22,000, with figures expected to reach the 100,000-mark.

Following the announcement, officials from Dubai Cares loaded 200 large tents into an aircraft to be delivered immediately to Myanmar and made operational as temporary schools and shelter within 48 hours.

Her Excellence Reem Al Hashimy, U.A.E. Minister of State and Chairperson of Dubai Cares Board of Directors, stated, "We are committed to providing emergency humanitarian relief to the people of Myanmar during this time of great need. These temporary structures will provide shelter and schools for children and families left homeless by this disaster. Dubai Cares believe that reaching out to these victims is imperative and will provide the first steps towards a sense of normalcy and recuperation from this trauma."

Since its launch, Dubai Cares has established itself as a fully transparent, multilateral, non-profit organization. Dubai Cares operates based on international best-practices for foundations worldwide to ensure financial transparency. The charitable organization has positioned itself as a strategic coordinator actively engaged with international aid agencies to develop primary education programs and to ensure immediate impact on the ground. It is the largest charitable establishment solely devoted to improving primary education in the world.

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