Charity helps children in hospital to read
A UAE charity has raised hundreds of thousands dirhams to build children’s reading libraries in six hospitals and clinics, writes Mahak Mannan.
The charity Plan B has raised more than Dhs400,000 through char ity dinners and hopes to have the reading rooms built later this year. The colourful libraries are intended to entertain children, particularly those on longer hospital stays, and help them forget about their treatment. The initiative, named Wanna Read?, was set up in 2013 by Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan. Harmeek Singh, Founder of Plan B and a member of the Wanna Read Initiative, which relys on volunteer work and donations, said: “The kids love coming to the reading rooms. “When kids are in the hospital there is not much to do to keep busy.” Singh said the wider community can get involved. “Everyone can help by taking simple steps like donating books, volunteering to read, helping us paint the reading rooms or just be a part of our many fund-raising activities,” he added. To donate books, visit wannaread.ae
NEW CHAPTER: Children at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City Hospital take part in the Wanna Read? initiative, funded by the Plan B charity in Abu Dhabi