• 19 August 2013

Dubai Cares, the UAE-based philanthropic organization working to tackle poverty through education in developing countries, has voiced its support for aid workers around the world on the occasion of World Humanitarian Day.

As part of its mandate, Dubai Cares works in developing countries suffering from chronic deficiencies in primary education, hand in hand with local and international aid workers to implement integrated development programs that target the underlying causes preventing children from accessing quality primary education.

In a statement from the organisation, Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares said: “Our goal is to ensure that every child around the world receives quality primary education and so far, we have reached over 8 million children in 31 developing countries. This would not have been possible, were it not for the steadfast commitment of our local and international aid workers in advocating for education. On World Humanitarian Day, it is important to recognize those who work hard every day in adverse conditions to ensure that the needs of children are met and their rights are protected.”

“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the staff of Dubai Cares for six years of service. Since inception, they have spearheaded the planning and successful implementation of several programs and campaigns around the globe as well as in the UAE. In addition, as an organization, we are also grateful to our local volunteers, who have contributed their time and efforts through initiatives such as Volunteer Emirates, Walk for Education and our Ramadan campaigns,” added Al Gurg.

Every day, hundreds of aid workers put their lives on the line, in the course of providing support to those impacted by humanitarian crises, including debilitating poverty in the developing world. In several countries, where the scale of the problem is overwhelming, the global corps of aid workers supplements the governmental efforts at rehabilitation and provides life-saving assistance and long-term solutions to those affected, regardless of their nationality, social group, religion, gender, race or any other factor.

Children are the most vulnerable victims of humanitarian crises, susceptible to socio-economic hardships and health hazards. Their rehabilitation is one of the most important and delicate tasks. Aid workers work in challenging environments to ensure that the youngest victims of crises are not deprived of their fundamental right to primary schooling by setting up the adequate infrastructure and resources required for easily accessible schooling and promoting the merits of education.

“Aid workers on the field who support the educational mandate help these children rise above the daily deterrents of poverty and ignorance, and motivate them towards a path of employment and socio-economic progress,” concluded Al Gurg.

Dubai Cares strongly believes in the power of education and campaigns worldwide to promote the value of primary education. The organization works with its partners in various countries to highlight the role of education in raising children out of the cycle of poverty, thus bringing about a positive change that can be replicated across generations.

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