Dubai Cares, launched ten years ago, by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has helped over 16 million children from its initial goal of 1 million.
The organisation celebrated its tenth year anniversary on Wednesday and even received a heartfelt message from Shamin, a Bangladeshi boy who was one of the first children to receive support from the organisation.
Shamin’s Heartfelt message for the Dubai Cares team
“I am so grateful for the help I received from Dubai Cares. You have given me so much hope for the future,” stated Shamin sincerely.
Sheikh Mohammed’s fond response
“The boy I just saw reminded me of how much he grew up. This is (one of our many) journeys from day one and we thank you (the donors) a lot. We hope to continue this journey in the next ten years, and continue to teach because education is very important.”
Dubai Cares’ Future Goals
Initially Dubai Cares’ emphasis had been on supporting primary school-age children but the organisation will now reportedly move forward in addressing systemic factors and targeting in aiding children who are not receiving an education globally.
“263 million kids around the world do not receive an education and we want to change that,” stated Dubai Cares’ CEO Tariq Al Gurg.
Their goal is now to fund and aid young children who are in areas where the government is unable to extend it’s reach to provide service.