His Highness the Aga Khan today announced a
contribution of Euros 500,000 towards the support of victims of
the deadly forest fire in Pedrógão Grande in central Portugal.
The fire left more than 60 people dead
and several more injured.
“My heartfelt condolences go to the
families of those who have lost their lives in this tragic
fire,” the Aga Khan said.
“We wish to assure His Excellency
President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and the people of Portugal,
of our unconditional support at this very trying time.”
The Aga Khan spoke directly with the
President over the weekend to offer his sympathy and support.
The half a million euro contribution
from the Ismaili Imamat – the office of His Highness the Aga
Khan – will be channelled through the Ministry of Solidarity.
The funds together with others raised
by local and international organisations in response to the
crisis, will aid victims affected by the tragic fire, which was
one of the worst such disasters in Portugal’s recent history.
A formal Seat of the Ismaili Imamat
was established in Portugal on 3 June 2015, following the
signing of a landmark agreement with the Republic of Portugal.
The Agreement came into effect after
it was approved by Portugal’s Parliament and ratified by the
President of the Portuguese Republic.
His Highness the Aga Khan is the 49th
hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, a global community
spread over 25 countries worldwide and who represent a rich
tapestry of cultures, languages and nationalities.
He is founder and Chairman of the Aga
Khan Development Network (AKDN), one of the largest private
development networks today.
The Aga Khan Foundation, one of the
agencies of the AKDN, has been working in Portugal for over 30