Thuraya partners with SOS Children’s Villages to connect remote communities in the Central African Republic

Dubai, UAE, October 23, 2014 - Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a leading Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator today announced its partnership with SOS Children’s Villages International’s Gulf Area Office to bring satellite connectivity to remote communities in the Central African Republic (CAR). The collaboration facilitates communication between SOS Children’s Villages in the CAR, helping the charitable organization connect its programs as well as coordinate emergency preparedness and response teams within the remote communities they work in.

Thuraya’s donation includes Public Calling Office units, Thuraya SatSleeves and Thuraya IP+ broadband terminals as well as Thuraya SIM cards and airtime. The donation is in support of SOS Children’s Villages’ philosophy of providing long-term, family-based care for children who have lost parental care. The organization also works with struggling families and communities in remote areas to develop young minds and strengthen these communities for a brighter future.

Nicole Nassar, Gulf Area Office Managing Director appreciates the contribution, “We thank Thuraya for their generous donation as we nurture the children and families in these remote communities. Thuraya’s satellite equipment and services will benefit our teams that are providing vital care in terms of education, development and community building. We are also coordinating efforts between the communities to ensure that they are prepared for any emergencies. Every bit of support we receive will enable us to build sustainable communities for the future.”

Under SOS Children’s Village’s Central African Republic purview, there are approximately 2000 IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) living in its villages, schools and other facilities along with 2600 orphaned and vulnerable child originally living in its care. Due to the lack of communication infrastructure in the CAR, SOS Children’s Villages and their teams rely on satellite communications to coordinate the provision of food, healthcare, security and other services between its various locations to cater to the welfare of the people under their care.

Bilal El Hamoui, Vice President of Commercial at Thuraya said, “Despite the arrival of fiber to the Africa coasts, many Africans today remain without terrestrial connectivity in the remote communities they live in. Thuraya is proud to collaborate with SOS Children’s Villages, which allows us to help their field workers to stay connected through mobile satellite connectivity. We believe in responsible social development and will contribute in our way to help SOS Children’s Villages teams facilitate social development and emergency preparedness towards building a sustainable future in these remote communities.”

About Thuraya Telecommunications Company
Thuraya Telecommunications Company is an industry leading MSS operator and a global telecommunication provider offering innovative communications solutions to a variety of sectors including energy, broadcast media, maritime, military and humanitarian NGO. Thuraya’s superior network enables clear communications and uninterrupted coverage across two thirds of the globe by satellite and across the whole planet through its unique GSM roaming capabilities. The company’s diverse range of technologically superior and highly reliable mobile satellite handsets and broadband devices provide ease of use, value, quality and efficiency. Thuraya remains committed to serving humanity through delivering the essential tools for optimal connectivity, never leaving anyone out of reach. Visit: www.thuraya.com

About SOS Children’s Villages
SOS Children's Villages is an independent, non-governmental, social development organisation that provides family-based care for children in 134 countries and territories and that advocates the concerns, rights and needs of children. Approximately 82.000 children live in 545 SOS Children's Villages around the world. More than 130,000 children and young people attend SOS Hermann Gmeiner Schools and SOS Kindergartens and more than 160.000 adults benefit from SOS Vocational Training Centres. Moreover, SOS Children's Villages provides families with material, psychological and social support, through its Family Strengthening Program Approximately 400,000 people benefit from these family support services; some 455,000 people make use of the SOS Medical Centres. In times of crisis and disaster, SOS Children's Villages helps through emergency relief programmes. For more information please visit: http://www.sos-childrensvillages.org/

For further information please contact: 
Shereen Hanafi
Director of Communications, Thuraya
Tel: + 971-4-4488-888
Email: corporatecomms@thuraya.com
            
RULA KARAHAMAD
Community Engagement & Communication Manager
Gulf Area Office
SOS Children's Villages International
M: +971-552322641
Tel:  04-2765994
Fax: 04-2765993
www.sos-childrensvillages.ae

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