• 19 August 2014

On World Humanitarian Day, Dubai Cares paid homage to its wide network of humanitarian workers and partners, underscoring the importance of education in nurturing empathy among fellow global citizens. The organization highlighted education as a major contributor to growing awareness of key global issues and facilitator of a collective drive towards finding solutions for persistent problems such as poverty.

Saluting the role of humanitarian workers and partners around the globe in facilitating impactful change, Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares said: “With programs in over 35 countries, Dubai Cares largely relies on a dedicated team of humanitarian workers to implement its programs effectively in various communities. They are the backbone of our organization as their tenacity and optimism has helped us make significant contributions towards breaking down the barriers to education in the developing world and steadily moving towards the ideal of universal primary education. We are grateful for their commitment every single day.”

As part of its mandate, Dubai Cares works in developing countries suffering from chronic deficiencies in primary education, helping identify and remedy underlying causes preventing children from accessing quality primary education through integrated development programs.

Highlighting UAE’s role as a global humanitarian aid provider, Al Gurg added: “Philanthropy is in our DNA – no matter where we hail from, the UAE community collectively believes in empowering people through education. Here in the UAE, we enjoy the liberty to pursue and achieve our loftiest ambitions as we have strong foundations safeguarding our rights, security and prosperity. In parallel, education has helped us develop a global perspective on progress and has highlighted how our progress and prosperity are linked to the development of the international community.”

Dubai Cares is now reaching more than 10 million children in 35 developing countries. The organization is building and renovating over 1,500 classrooms, providing more than 1,300 water wells and potable water sources and constructing over 3,400 latrines in schools, providing nutritious food every day to more than 504,000 children in schools, training over 38,000 teachers, keeping more than 2.7 million children free from intestinal worms through its school-based de-worming activities; distributing over 2.1 million books written in local languages and establishing over 6,750 Parent-Teacher Associations.

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