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Dubai Cares education aid impacted 750,000 students around the world in 2018

The Dubai-based NGO has so far spent roughly a quarter of its initial endowment in programmes across 57 countries

Dubai Cares education aid impacted 750,000 students around the world in 2018
Dubai Cares CEO Tariq Al Gurg

Dubai-based NGO Dubai Cares brought its brand of education philanthropy to 16 countries in 2018, the organisation has announced, with 24 programmes impacting roughly three quarters of a million beneficiaries.

Founded by Sheikh Mohammed in 2009, Dubai Cares’ mission is “to break the cycle of poverty by imparting quality education to children in the developing world.”

Endowed with a founding capital of $960 million, the organisation has so far spent AED 787.39 million ($214 million), toward 18.76 million beneficiaries in 57 developing countries.

In 2018, the organisation boosted its focus on economies in South America, Africa and the Middle East that needed assistance including Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

Over the course of the year, it either built or renovated 2,029 classrooms and schools, imparted training to 118,873 teachers, introduced 782 water wells and potable water sources, constructed 6,055 latrines in schools, provided food to 484,490 children in schools, established 7,206 parent-teacher associations and provided deworming treatment in stand-alone and national programs for 34 million children.

It also secured pledges amounting to AED 2,724,000 ($741,527) toward the ‘Adopt a School’ initiative that will look to build 18 community-based schools in Cambodia, Malawi, Nepal, Palestine and Senegal.

It also introduced a new pilot programme to help emergency affected, displaced and poor youth in Jordan complete their schooling and boost high school graduation rates in the country.

The programme will be funded by a $3 million contribution from Dubai Cares as well as a $1 million donation from UAE-based conglomerate Chalhoub Group and will use an e-learning solution through US-based Pedago to provide the final two years of Arabic language high school curriculum online.

“Children’s ability to learn is a fragile thing. Poverty, illness and conflict all play a role in keeping children out of school and unable to achieve their full potential,” said Dubai Cares CEO Tariq Al Gurg in a statement.

“Yet, against these odds, Dubai Cares, in line with the UAE Foreign Aid Policy, has helped millions of children have equal and safe access to schools in 2018,” he added.

“We did so with the support of a growing network of implementing partners, generous donors and passionate volunteers in the UAE and around the world. And in 2019, we remain committed to continue our journey with our partners and make a lasting and positive impact in the lives of children and young people, by further increasing the scope, impact and reach of our programs around the world.”