SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates–(BUSINESS WIRE)–7Hills for Social Development, a non-profit organization based in Jordan, has been awarded the Sharjah International Refugee Advocacy and Support Award (SIARA) 2022, organized annually by The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF), a global humanitarian organization based in the UAE. organization dedicated to helping refugees and people in need around the world.
The sixth edition of the award, worth AED500,000, recognized the nonprofit’s innovative strategy in launching creative youth empowerment programs and transforming an abandoned area into a fully equipped skate park. 650 sq.m that creates a nurturing and inclusive environment today and creating a new integrated future for refugees and their host communities in Amman, Jordan.
With a space dedicated to skateboarding, the organization offers children and young people a creative and inspiring outlet to learn new skills and build their confidence. Targeting all age groups, the skateboarding program has benefited over 2,000 young men and women in 2020-21, 45% of them women and 60% refugees and displaced people.
Established by a group of young people led by skateboarder and photographer Mohammed Zakaria, the community-based approach taken by Amman-based entity and Al Raseef 153, the social enterprise arm of 7Hills, also empowers more than 250 young people every year – 50 percent of whom are refugees – through training and capacity building in leadership and professional skills.
7Hills for Social Development was selected from 177 entries received from 39 countries around the world for the sixth edition of SIARA. The 2022 SIARA Awards Ceremony will take place on Monday, June 27 at the House of Wisdom in Sharjah.
Launched in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the award is under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and his wife , Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammad. Al Qasimi, President of TBHF and prominent UNHCR advocate for refugee children.