Following the success of its first edition this year, Dubai Cares' Volunteer Emirates continued at the National Charity School, Ajman. The second edition of the local community engagement initiative brought together 150 volunteers from the UAE who joined hands with the Dubai Cares team to enrich the school's learning environment.
The volunteers engaged in assembling 650 student desks and chairs, drawing murals on walls across the school, installing 8 projectors, tinting classrooms windows, installing curtains in the school theatre, as well as providing musical instruments.
Commenting on the success of the community engagement initiative, Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares said: "Volunteer Emirates, one of Dubai Cares' most popular volunteering initiatives, is a unique platform through which volunteers get a valuable chance to contribute their time and effort to better children's lives across nonprofit schools in the UAE. With the generous support we are receiving for this edition from our sponsor wasl Asset Management Group, we will continue to reach more children across the UAE and the developing world, providing them with enabling school environments."
"We are honored to partner with Dubai Cares for an initiative that is in-line with both the UAE Vision 2021 that aims to make the UAE one of the world's best cities, as well as the Dubai Plan 2021 that aims to strengthen the community's cohesion and build common human values," said Hesham Al Qassim, Chief Executive Officer of wasl Asset Management Group. "We are proud to support this noble cause which aims to enrich the learning environments across the country and provide an ideal surrounding for our students to help them excel in their studies and contribute to the development and future of the UAE. Our support, alongside that of other sponsors of this initiative, is in line with our continuous efforts to reinforce our commitment to the country and is a reflection of our leading role in supporting initiatives that are targeted towards different segments of society."
As part of its ongoing commitment to CSR programs, wasl Asset Management Group recently signed an agreement with Dubai Cares to support its Volunteer Emirates initiative. wasl Asset Management Group has committed to covering the cost of maintenance work to be carried out by Dubai Cares and its volunteers in one of four planned editions of Volunteer Emirates for the year.
Among the 150 participating volunteers was Mahra Hilal Al Mutaiwei, Director of Regional Center for Educational Planning and Head of School Leadership Council at the Ministry of Education, who said: "Our participation reflects the Ministry of Education's commitment towards supporting volunteer work. Today, many educational leaders from Fazaa, took part in this initiative as they believe in the importance of activities that play a role in improving school environments for students and helping them learn in an enhanced setting. We thank Dubai Cares for organizing an initiatives that offers the opportunity for cadres, teachers, administrators and students to participate in and benefit the community and the nation as a whole."
Ali Humaid Ahli, a university student at the Higher Colleges of Technology and another participating volunteer said: "I am delighted to join the Dubai Cares team today in such a great initiative. I am here today because I am passionate about philanthropy and volunteering. I appreciate activities aimed at supporting students and providing them with the appropriate educational environment, because they are the generation of the promising future who will continue the march of success and prosperity on behalf of our beloved country."
"We truly appreciate this volunteering initiative led by Dubai Cares and supported by wasl Asset Management Group, with the participation of more than 150 volunteers. The school, which is home to more than 2,400 students, received today through this initiative many essential educational tools and requirements," commented Hussam Al Khatib, Principal of National Charity School in Ajman.