The Sharjah-based Kalimat Foundation for Children’s Empowerment (KF) donated 1,200 books on arts, literature, sciences, and creativity to 12 libraries that meets it objective to reach out to Arab refugee children and young adults all around the world.

The support come as part of KF’s ‘Pledge a Library’ initiative, aimed at promoting culture among refugees and displaced Arab children by providing them with Arabic books that will enable them to preserve their first language and Arab culture in hosting countries.

Kalimat Foundation distributed the books to the Embassy of the UAE in Berlin, UAE Consulate General in Bonn, and a number of schools, hospitals and refugee centres in Berlin.

Highlighting the importance of the initiative, HE Ali Abdullah Al Ahmad, UAE Ambassador in Berlin, said: “It is a great honour that the embassy is trusted with the task of selecting organisations and institutions that deserve to be supported and supplied with Arab children’s libraries. We are also proud to highlight the UAE’s great role in encouraging humanitarian work, lending a helping hand to all community segments in need worldwide and ensuring that young people have access to books that would lead them to greater horizons and ensure a better future for them.

He added that the embassy will introduce the German people to these landmark initiatives and the great strides the UAE has made in charitable and educational fields. “Germany is hosting hundreds of thousands of Arab refugees, mostly children, who fled their countries affected by wars, in search of a dignified life and decent living for themselves and their children.”

Al Ahmad went on to say: “Kalimat Foundation’s initiative to provide books for refugee children worldwide exemplifies the importance of books as a key source of knowledge and a means of development in society. Books are the best means to bring Arab culture and civilization closer, as stated by the late Sheikh zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.”

Amna Al Mazmi, Manager of KF, said: “Through the ‘Pledge a Library’ initiative, Kalimat Foundation for Children’s Empowerment headed to the German capital, Berlin and gave books to many Arab refugee children living there. The initiative seeks to nurture children’s linguistic skills and strengthen their relationship with Arab heritage and culture, which explains the reason of the library selections. We selected vital and vibrant venues across the German capital to ensure that the largest number of children can access Arabic books and make the most of them.”

“The hardships and traumas that refugee children have been through doesn’t have to isolate them from their roots, identities, and cultures. They should be able to further their capabilities and competency to create a better and brighter future for their countries. They represent a large segment of the community and they are able to become agents of positive change, accomplishing tangible positive results in the future,” she added.

Since its inception in 2016, Kalimat Foundation contributed to launching and implementing a series of initiatives aimed at providing books to public libraries and children in refugee camps. This aligns with its vision that seeks to give children in disadvantaged areas access to sources of knowledge, and with its dedication to building future knowledge-based Arab generations who are open-minded and well-educated on global cultures.

 

Source: National Network Communications (NNC)