Dubai Cares is announcing its support for International Day for Eradication of Poverty which is celebrated today (October 17, 2012). This landmark day, which is supported by the United Nations, promotes awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries, particularly in developing countries - a need that has become a development priority.
The theme for this year’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is ‘”Ending the Violence of Extreme Poverty: Promoting Empowerment and Building Peace”. A recent FAO report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization cites that 870 million people are affected by hunger due to poverty. The 2012 MDG Report expressed concern that over 60 61 million primary school-aged children remain out of school. Dubai Cares is committed to supporting the United Nation’s efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by reducing poverty by the 2015 target date.
With education becoming one of the most effective tool to break the cycle of poverty, Dubai Cares is spearheading innovative solutions to development challenges and is reaching over 7 million children in 28 developing countries with primary education programs that are making a difference in the lives of children and their communities. One such program is its 4-year Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) program in Ghana which will improve the education, health and nutrition of over 320,000 primary school aged children and the livelihoods of over 80,000 rural households. In another instance, Dubai Cares, in partnership with Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), recently inaugurated a pilot school feeding program supported by the Government of Bangladesh to improve the education and nutrition of children 5 to 11 years old from vulnerable families in approximately 45 schools in the capital Dhaka and in Mymensing District.
To support Dubai Cares programs globally, donations can be made online on the Dubai Cares website www.dubaicares.ae.