Dubai: Dubai Cares, a part of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, on Saturday launched the second edition of Volunteer Emirates 2018, organised in support of the National Charity School in Al Qadsia, Sharjah.
The initiative saw 100 UAE-based volunteers dedicating their time and effort to enrich the school’s learning environment by delivering a variety of essential educational equipment, as well as improving the learning conditions for 1,000 students enrolled in the school.
The latest edition of Volunteer Emirates 2018 supported the National Charity School by providing furniture for the science laboratory, whiteboards for classrooms, benches for the recreational areas, as well as desks, chairs and cupboards for the teachers’ lounges. The volunteers also drew educational murals across the corridors and landscaped the school’s outdoor spaces to create more pleasant and engaging surroundings.
Abdullah Ahmad Al Shehi, chief operating officer of Dubai Cares, said: “Through this initiative, which is taking place during the ‘Year of Zayed 2018’, we hope to spread the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s inspirational and noble values and further reinvigorate the UAE community’s commitment to community service and volunteering. We are always inspired by the commitment and dedication of our volunteers, who spare no efforts in supporting us no matter when or where. We are pleased to see the UAE community come together for another edition of Volunteer Emirates in 2018 and in support of such a noble and vital cause. With more initiatives to come, I’m confident we’ll see Volunteer Emirates gather more strength in 2018.”
Fatina Al Bitar, principal of The National Charity School in Al Qadsia, said: “We are thankful to Dubai Cares and every volunteer for their commitment and hard work. We’ve seen the values of generosity, commitment, and respect at play here today, which is a powerful example for our students to look up to.”
Dala, a Jordanian who is a regular volunteer with Dubai Cares, said: “I am very happy to be part of this initiative and to be supporting Dubai Cares in its noble work. When a large group of people come together, they will certainly make a big difference.”
The Dubai Cares Scavenger Hunt, Walk for Education and the first edition of Volunteer Emirates were among the first initiatives to mark the Year of Zayed. Dubai Cares has several other initiatives in the pipeline.