Dubai: Marking two decades of humanitarian work, World Memon Organisation (WMO) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Dubai over the weekend at Meydan Hotel. Over 300 delegates from nine WMO chapters from around the world attended the proceedings, which took place over three days.
At the height of COVID-19 pandemic, WMO had operated 25 mobile hospital across India. It also ran a 135-bed multi-speciality hospital in Mumbai. This year, the WMO initiated a special programme to help entrepreneurs establish their own businesses. WMO also announced a $500,000 rehabilitation project for flood victims in Pakistan.
“Most of our work is philanthropic,” said Salman Iqbal, WMO president, adding: “Our core focus has been education and entrepreneurship specially for women. Every year, we educate around 20,000 students. In the last 20 years, we have collected and spent over $100 million on education, healthcare and other projects to uplift the community.”
Iqbal also acknowledged the work done by Global Youth Wing (GYW), under the leadership of chairman Khurram Kalia.
Apart from educating youngsters, GYW has also been instrumental in providing necessary support to graduates to find employment. The WMO has organised several job fairs and workshops to support CV-writing skills and public speaking.
WMO has started a project to plant 1.5 million trees in five years across several countries including the UAE. Kalia said: “We are in talks with UAE government agencies for this drive.”
Meanwhile, Shabana Abdul Razzak, who heads the WMO’s ladies’ wing, said: “I was one of the first ones in my family to finish university and go into the family business. A lot of people look up to me, and it is important for me that more women are empowered.”
This weekend, the WMO ladies wing launched the women’s entrepreneurship conference, which brought together female thought leaders from various fields to inspire others on how to follow their dreams.
Shabana added: “There are many women who want to achieve something but have no direction. We are making sure that we give them this direction.”
Apart from educating youngsters, the organisation has also been instrumental in providing necessary support to graduates to find employment. The WMO has organised several job fairs and workshops to support CV-writing skills and public speaking. The organisation also runs a vocational college in Karachi that teaches skilled labour to its students.
World Memon Organisation was formed in Dubai 20 years ago by the late Haji Abdul Razzaq, a famous Dubai-based Pakistani businessman, in collaboration with leading memon businessmen from around the world. Its core object is to serve the humanity in the field of education and health, and help the less privileged communities in the world.