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Wednesday, November 06 2019 - 07:43
The Big Heart Foundation: USD 136,000 Award for Refugee Advocacy by Sharjah & UNHCR Expands Across Asia and Africa for 2020 Nominations
SHARJAH, UAE, Nov. 6, 2019 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

The entirety of Africa has come under the geographical purview of the USD 
136,000 Sharjah International Award for Refugee Advocacy and Support (SIARA). 
The award's expansion into Africa along with its existing jurisdictions of MENA 
and Asia regions, is Sharjah's latest effort to highlight outstanding 
humanitarian contributions of local organizations in the African continent, 
which hosts more than 26 percent of the world's refugee population. 

The fourth edition of the award organised by the Sharjah-based global 
humanitarian charity, The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF) in partnership with 
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is receiving nominations 
from countries across MENA, Asia and Africa, until December 17, 2019. 

For the first time since the award was launched, TBHF will receive applications 
directly on its website, To enable maximum representation to 
non-profits in the award's targeted regions, TBHF has also opened its doors to 
organisations and individuals around the world who want to nominate 
humanitarian entities they feel are deserving of the award.  

SIARA embodies the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al 
Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and his wife, Her 
Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of TBHF and UNHCR 
Eminent Advocate for Refugee Children, to recognise key humanitarian 
contributions in refugee advocacy, support, and community building. 

At a time when the world faces its worst humanitarian crises, with almost 71 
million people forced to flee their homes according to 
UNHCR[], SIARA is one of the most 
important global initiatives promoting awareness about sustainable humanitarian 
work and its impact on communities. The award takes from the United Arab 
Emirate's leading philanthropic approach and reaffirms Sharjah's role in 
supporting global humanitarian initiatives.

The USD136,000 award money is a special contribution by TBHF, it does not 
represent any share of donations made to the foundation.  

SIARA's evaluation criteria seeks to push innovative practices and mechanisms 
in the delivery of aid and social services, bring global attention to most 
affected areas, and prioritises those in urgent need. TBHF's evaluation of 
nominees will be based on tangible benefits and sustainable impact of 
interventions, scope of work, objectivity and transparency in service delivery 

Last year, TBHF spent US$ 15.8 million to help 12 nations worldwide facing 
heightened crises. 

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Source: The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF)