Human Appeal, international aid and development non-profit, has thanked politicians for their work to help tackle poverty and suffering. Chief executive officer of the non-profit Othman Moqbel said that all those from across the political spectrum who have worked with Human Appeal have a shared goal of wanting to make the world a better place. He added that the only difference between the parties is their preferred route for achieving this aim.
Mr Moqbel also said that while cynicism towards politics is very high at present and many people lack trust in their elected representatives, believing that MPs and Lords are in it for themselves, his experience as head of Human Appeal is “remarkably different”.
He drew attention to specific examples of support the charity has received from politicians, including former international development ministers Andrew Mitchell MP and Clare Short. Last year, they visited the charity’s highly acclaimed Syrian flour distribution project on the Syria-Turkey border. They also wrote a letter to the International Development Select Committee expressing their concerns over the funding challenges that charities face, and they have continued to work with Human Appeal and champion its projects.
Mr Moqbel also highlighted the important work that Kate Green MP, Andy Burnham MP, Councillor Jane Brophy, Councillor John Leech and Jim McMahon OBE MP have done for the #WrapUpManchester project, which is helping people who are sleeping rough on the streets of Greater Manchester.
Other politicians to have supported Human Appeal include Joanna Cherry MP, Mark Williams MP and Flick Drummond. They made a trip to the West Bank to see the work the charity has done to provide clean water, healthcare, vocational training, women’s centres and orphanages. Ms Cherry, who is the SNP’s home affairs spokesperson, also mentioned this work in parliament.
Fellow SNP MP Angus Robertson and shadow home secretary Diane Abbott also got involved, helping to launch the charity’s Ramadan project, while Crispin Blunt MP, Lord Dubs and Baroness Warsi played an important role in a recent Parliamentary event that marked six years of the Syrian conflict.
Stopping the suffering of millions
Mr Moqbel stated that on behalf of the charity, he wishes to thank all of these people and the other politicians who have supported it. He added that these individuals have helped to stop the suffering of millions of people across the world, and the work of Human Appeal would be much more difficult without their input.