Mercato partners with UNHCR to raise funds for refugees and displaced people in Yemen and Lebanon.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, is organising a donation campaign in collaboration with Mercato and Town Centre Jumeriah, under the themes, ” stand with Lebanon” and “Yemen can’t wait”.

Two displaced boys play with homemade toys at a hosting site in Lahj. ; The governorates of Aden, Lahj, Abyan and Shabwah in southern Yemen have witnessed heavy rain that has affected all residents. Internally displaced persons (IDPs) being sheltered in hosting sites and other locations are particularly affected by the bad weather. Community leaders, protection, shelter and humanitarian aid partners assessed needs and reported that all IDPs had lost their food ration, suffered damage to their shelters and were affected by damage to the road infrastructure in and around hosting sites, which have become muddy and collected stagnant water – increasing the risk of dengue fever and malaria.

The campaign and the booths invites shoppers to meet and interact with UNHCR staff and learn more about the plight of refugees and internally displaced people in Lebanon and Yemen, while providing them the opportunity to donate on the ground to their cause of choosing.

This awareness and fundraising campaign, will allow visitors to the malls the chance to both express their solidarity with those forced to flee from their homes in search of safety, and provide financial support that will help displaced families pay for their basic necessities such as rent, food, and education, in dignity.

UNHCR staff assess the situation for displaced persons at a hosting site in Aden affected by heavy rains. ; The governorates of Aden, Lahj, Abyan and Shabwah in southern Yemen have witnessed heavy rain that has affected all residents. Internally displaced persons (IDPs) being sheltered in hosting sites and other locations are particularly affected by the bad weather. Community leaders, protection, shelter and humanitarian aid partners assessed needs and reported that all IDPs had lost their food ration, suffered damage to their shelters and were affected by damage to the road infrastructure in and around hosting sites, which have become muddy and collected stagnant water – increasing the risk of dengue fever and malaria.

2.UNHCR staff assess the situation for displaced persons at a hosting site in Aden affected by heavy rains. © UNHCR/Mohammed Mukhawesh

Mercato and Town Centre Jumeirah are delighted to play a part in raising donations to support  refugees through this unique initiative and we take this opportunity to urge everyone to show their solidarity with the displaced families in Yemen and Lebanon” said Nisreen Boustani , PR and Corporate Communication Manager Mercato and Town Centre Jumeirah