UAE’s national carrier, Etihad Airways introduced educational initiatives and donated supplies to Syrian refugees to commemorate UN World Refugee Day.
All donations were made to refugees at the Mrajeeb Al Fhood Camp in Jordan, the airline announced.
Etihad Airways introduced a ‘learning and development centre’ to provide refugee children with IT and computer skills, in addition to distributing books, bags and stationery to 2,400 children in the camp.
Speaking about their CSR activity, Khaled Al Mehairbi, honourary chairman of corporate social responsibility programme, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “We are committed to helping these children to continue their education journey, to help secure a better future and fully integrate in the community. Education is the cornerstone for developing any community, and by supporting their education opportunities, we can invest in the future of these children and help to protect them from falling prey to human trafficking or terror.”
In line with the UAE ‘Year of Tolerance’, the Etihad Tolerance Bakery initiative was launched. This aims to develop professional baking skills among refugee women and help them earn income.
Etihad onboard chefs also hosted baking workshops and conducted cooking challenges for the women, providing prizes and cooking equipment to winners and participants.
The airline teamed up with Emirates Red Crescent and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to donate relief items including garments, blankets, amenity kits and dry foods to families in the camp.
The airline also distributed 1,000 bed covers to the camp’s field hospital, which provides medical care to refugees.