Dubai: The president of the global humanitarian organisation Care International, Dr Helene Gayle, visited Dubai recently to strengthen the organisation's partnership with local philanthropic organisation Dubai Cares.
The local non-profit body is dedicated to improving children's access to quality primary education in developing countries, and provides funds to Care International with which it has several programmes in Yemen, Mali, Indonesia and Haiti.
Dr Gayle described her first visit as an opportunity to "continue building our partnership".
In an exclusive interview, she told Gulf News, "Our partnership with Dubai Cares is also about shared learning. We see it as one that can help influence how others in philanthropy work. We are here to look at how an organisation like Care International can bring its experience to a region that is continuing to expand, and look at how it can do good for the rest of the world."
She explained that the insights from successful programmes can serve as models for other non-profit organisations.
"We can develop models for other programmes in education and early childhood development. These can be used more broadly in this region and beyond. There is a lot of potential for developing new partnerships with private corporations and entities — those interested in having a social impact."
Care International, founded in 1945, is operational in more than 80 countries. Its partnership with Dubai Cares is aimed to target the underlying causes that prevent children from accessing quality primary education.
Dr Gayle added, "Our work focuses on women empowerment — including girls and women, whether it is to do with education, health or development. We give them the skills so that they can be part of the equation."