Nearly five years ago in September 2007, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, started a movement that would forever transform the lives of children in developing countries, redefine and set new benchmarks in the UAE’s philanthropic sector and contribute immensely to the UAE’s position as a committed global citizen.
This movement is Dubai Cares and this year we are turning five. And, already, Dubai Cares is reaching 7 million children in 28 developing countries around the world.
To mark Dubai Cares’ 5th anniversary, we are celebrating the difference made so far in the lives of millions of children around the world. We are also celebrating what made it all possible - our partnership with the UAE community. A local partnership, if you will, for global change, guided by the visionary leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed.
With your support, Dubai Cares adopted an innovative approach to a global problem – we forged strategic partnerships with international agencies and implemented comprehensive, impact-driven programs that enabled us to far exceed our initial target of 1 million to give 7 million children access to quality primary education.
For all this, we say “thank you”. Thank you for your support during the past five years that has forever transformed the lives of millions of children, their families and their surrounding communities.
Finally, as we celebrate together this achievement, we should be reminded that our mission is far from over – 69 million children around the world still do not go to school. But, we are hopeful that with your continued support we will reach even more children through relentless efforts and unwavering commitment.
Tariq Al Gurg