Ma­jor char­ity pro­gramme launched

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A se­ries of en­dow­ment funds have been es­tab­lished to sup­port chil­dren and adults that can­not af­ford education, med­i­cal treat­ment and ac­cess to trans­port, among other hard­ships.

The multi-bil­lion dirham hu­man­i­tar­ian drive was launched yes­ter­day by HH Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, Vice Pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to achieve char­i­ta­ble goals in the Arab world.

The Mo­hammed bin Rashid Global Cen­tre for En­dow­ment Con­sul­tancy was an­nounced with a start-up do­na­tion of Dhs2.5 bil­lion and an en­dow­ment of Dhs1 bil­lion.

Over­all, Dhs5 bil­lion has been pledged to sup­port knowl­edge, sci­ence and in­no­va­tion.

By Sar­wat Nasir

A new En­dow­ment District will also be es­tab­lished un­der the ini­tia­tive, which will hold funds for autism, med­i­cal treat­ment, chil­dren’s can­cer, medicines, school fees, education and agri­cul­ture.

Firms and pub­lic bod­ies that do­nate prof­its or funds are also to re­ceive a spe­cial seal to en­cour­age and recog­nise their ef­forts to­ward com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives.

Sheikh Mo­hammed tweeted about the new pro­ject, say­ing: “The ini­tia­tive in­cludes as­sets worth five bil­lion dirhams for knowl­edge, fu­ture re­search and sup­port for read­ing and writ­ing. And es­tab­lish­ing a spe­cialised cen­tre for stud­ies and en­dow­ment ser­vices.

“The new ini­tia­tive is a mem­ber of the Mo­hammed bin Rashid global ini­tia­tives and will over­see the lead­er­ship of so­ci­etal trans­for­ma­tion lo­cally and re­gion­ally.”

He added: “We opened the doors to be­come the most sup­port­ive na­tion for en­dow­ment for the ser­vice of hu­man­ity".

His High­ness said the en­dow­ment seal would give recog­ni­tion for those com­mit­ted to char­ity.

News agency WAM quoted him as say­ing: “Many busi­ness­men pro­vide char­ity in se­cret - we want them to an­nounce their en­dow­ments and lead by ex­am­ple.

“The UAE will al­ways be the cap­i­tal of hu­man­ity through its ini­tia­tives and ef­forts aimed at serv­ing peo­ple and its hu­man­i­tar­ian in­no­va­tive projects.”

IN­VEST­ING IN THE FU­TURE: The drive will in­clude a fund for tu­ition fees

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