2 September 2014
SOS Children’s Villages opens Gulf Area Office in Dubai
The federation of SOS Children’s Villages has expanded its operations to the Gulf region, with the aim of raising support within the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman for SOS Children’s Villages’ work in the region and worldwide.
Immediate release: September 2, 2014
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The SOS Children’s Villages International Gulf Area Office opened its doors in Dubai this summer, thanks to help from the Strategic Growth Investment Program (SGIP), which supports the organization’s fundraising activities in markets with untapped fundraising potential.
Dr. Wilfried Vyslozil, a board member of the SGIP and chair member of HGFD, an SOS Children’s Villages member association in Germany, said: “Bridges between the Arab world and the SOS family are so much needed. Through the Gulf Area Office we have one more very relevant bridge to that region – over to new public partners, foundations and corporates.”
Nicole Nassar, Managing Director of the SOS Gulf Area, has worked with SOS Children’s Villages for over 15 years and is an expert in the field of public funding and international partnership building.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for SOS Children’s Villages to raise its profile in an important part of the world and consequently also increase our total funding income, in particular for the Middle East countries,” she said. “We can proudly show and share our experience as childcare experts and build partnerships with governments, wealthy individuals, companies and foundations.”
Rounding out Nassar's team are Rula Karahamad, Community Engagement & Communication Manager; Sheerin Dariani, Corporate Partnership Manager, and Subash Gautam, Administration Officer.
Karahamad has worked for SOS Children’s Villages International and SOS Children’s Villages Syria from 2007-2011; Dariani has a private-sector background, including handling CSR for multinational clients and consulting for UNICEF's Gulf Region office.
Gautam also has a unique understanding of SOS Children's Villages' work: “I know the huge impact the SOS movement has brought to many children and young adults around the globe as I have lived this experience myself being brought up in SOS Children’s Villages Nepal. I am really happy to be able to work for this global movement now and give back to the organization."
The SOS Children's Villages International Gulf Area Office is registered at the International Humanitarian City in Dubai, a hub for international and local NGOs, UN organizations and companies related to the humanitarian sector.
SOS Children's Villages International, Gulf Area
Managing Director: Nicole Nassar
Building 4, Office 102, 103
International Humanitarian City
P.O. Box: 506010
Dubai, United Arab Emirates