UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced yesterday a major individual contribution of more than $35 million from Qatari businessman Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah bin Thani Al Thani for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and displaced Yemenis.
The donation, which is the largest UNHCR has received from an individual, covers a one-year cooperation agreement and two grant agreements and is worth US$ 35,215,260.
The agreements were signed in Geneva yesterday by UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and Sheikh Dr. Khalid bin Thani bin Abdullah bin Thani Al Thani, on behalf of H E Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah bin Thani Al Thani, a generous Qatari lead philanthropist and business person, with attendance of Sheikh Khalifa bin Thani bin Abdulla Al Thani and Dr. Ayedh Dabsan Al Qahtani.
The funds will be channeled via UNHCR’s initiative, a programme established in 2016 that is fully compliant with the principles of Islamic social financing and which provides an efficient and trusted way for people. One hundred percent contributions go directly to those in need.
The donation will be split into two parts: the first aims at providing around 300,000 internally displaced persons, returnees and members of the host community across Yemen with multi-purpose cash assistance and cash for shelter with an amount of US$ 13,000,260. The second part aims to support an estimated 450,000 Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh with a focus on health, nutrition and shelter for a total amount of US$ 22,215,000.
“This is an extraordinary contribution that will bring vital help to hundreds of thousands of people whose lives have been torn apart by conflict and displacement,” said High Commissioner Grandi. “UNHCR is deeply grateful to H E Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah for his generous support.”
“It is a privilege and an immense opportunity to support the most vulnerable people. we hope that, through the ‘Thani bin Abdullah bin Thani Al Thani Humanitarian Fund’ to support the displaced through UNHCR’s programmes,” said Sheikh Khalid bin Thani bin Abdullah Al Thani.