By Tamara Pupic
Nine community projects, developed under the guidance of the e7 Daughters of the Emirates mentors, have received cash prizes from Emirates NBD
e7 Daughters of the Emirates, a leadership programme developed by Promise of a Generation (POAG), a UAE-based community forum, and supported by Emirates NBD, has announced the graduation of the 2016 class of e7 participants.
The nine winning community projects, developed under the guidance of the e7 mentors, received cash prizes donated by Emirates NBD at a recently held pitch event.
The judging panel, including Najla Al Midfa from Sheraa-Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre, Vikram Krishna and Elena Cruz from Emirates NBD, and Michael Mansour from Microsoft Gulf, awarded AED 20,000 to four of the projects while the remaining projects also received grants of AED 5,000 each to go toward their community goals.
The awarded four projects are Lets Lead, which aims to create a supportive community of young women; Mootary, which aims to encourage the active participation of women in the automotive sector; Ghanmt, which looks to spread awareness of Emirati heritage and traditions; and Masaari, an internship programme for high school students that rotates across three different workplaces.
In addition to offering general support from Sheraa, Najla Al Midfa will connect e7 participants to companies within her Khayarat organisation, an online careers office designed to help Emiratis find work in the private sector. Further, Microsoft Gulf offered a week-long internship to two of the teams.
Launched in April by the Promise Of A Generation and supported by Emirates NBD, e7 Daughters of the Emirates equips young women aged 18 to 25 from each of the seven emirates with the necessary skills to unlock their potential and positively impact their communities.
The programme features the participants working in nine teams to plan and deliver community-oriented projects.
Adela Acevedo Sarna, POAG co-founder and co-visionary of e7, said: “In the past eight weeks, we have seen these amazing young women grow and develop, as they have worked extremely hard to identify and provide solutions to pertinent social and environmental challenges.
“We are extremely proud of the confidence they displayed in front of the judges, and this truly demonstrates how far these young women have come in the e7 journey. This would not have been possible without the support of our mentors, judges and our partner Emirates NBD.“