In war-torn Afghanistan, there are few countries giving hopes to innocent victims. UAE is one of them. Known for its benevolence to reach out to victims of wars and disaster, the UAE has been aiding medical and education programs in Afghanistan for eight years. There are six medical clinics and a hospital being run in Afghanistan that is funded by UAE.
In their continued efforts in this direction, the UAE had committed more than Dh1.26 billion in aid to Afghanistan, representing 14 per cent of the UAE’s total foreign aid during 2009.
According to a report on the UAE’s official website for news, “Through organisations such as the Red Crescent Authority, the generous donations made by UAE citizens and volunteers have contributed to the construction of 11 schools educating 300 pupils per day, six medical clinics which have treated 35,000 Afghan patients, a major hospital with an annual capacity of 7,000 patients, 38 mosques each providing a prayer service for over 300 people, a general public library, accommodation in Zayed City for 200 displaced families and 160 wells.
The UAE people have contributed US$22 million for food, medicine and basic relief projects providing housing and shelter in Afghanistan. In addition, the UAE Red Crescent Authority has invested US$19 million in local projects, and the UAE government has dedicated US$30 million to international reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan.”