Al Manal Humanitarian Initiative celebrates 10 years of work
Al Manal Humanitarian Initiative is celebrating ten years of continuous philanthropic work and humanitarian projects and campaigns this year. The year 2023 demonstrates the UAE’s sustainable approach to tackling climate change, which is currently one of the world’s most pressing issues, requiring a concerted effort by all countries to overcome for the sake of a healthy and secure life for future generations.
Al Manal Humanitarian Initiative campaign is being implemented this year in partnership with Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), to support the integration of education into the global climate agenda through transformed education systems that can drive human development progress towards a prosperous and sustainable future for all, thereby strengthening the UAE’s position as a global beacon of development and strengthening their commitment to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals
Her Excellency Mona Al Marri, Chairperson of the Board of Directors and Managing Director of Dubai Women Establishment, said that Al Manal Humanitarian Initiative supports Dubai Cares’ efforts to highlight and emphasise the importance of incorporating climate change information into education as a vital tool to raise awareness of the negative impacts of climate change that threaten our planet.
She stressed that these joint efforts contribute to strengthening the UAE’s global position and underline its active engagement in tackling global challenges – especially climate change, as it is linked to many other issues, such as health, water, education, development, economy and gender balance, which form the basis of the Sustainable Development Goals.
From 5-7 April 2023, Dubai Ladies Club will host the eighth Designs of Hope charity exhibition, organised by Al Manal Humanitarian Initiative, with various Emirati designers, jewellers and fashion designers in attendance. All proceeds will go to Dubai Cares and will support the integration of climate change issues into curricula and education systems, reflecting UAE values that emphasise the importance of humanitarian action.
Since its launch in 2013, Al Manal Humanitarian Initiative has implemented numerous campaigns and programmes in various areas such as health, education, nutrition and support for working women. In 2013, through Noor Al Hayat, the initiative supported the prevention and treatment of 1 million patients suffering from eye diseases in different regions of the world. In 2014, it supported the ‘UAE Water Relief Initiative’ launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to provide 5 million people in developing countries with improved access to safe drinking water, hygiene and sanitation. And in 2015, in response to the ‘UAE Orphans and Minors Connect Initiative’ launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Al Manal Humanitarian Initiative launched the ‘Selah’ art programme to help orphans and minors, which uses the therapeutic effect of art to help orphans ‘connect’ with their creative spirit.
During the COVID-19 crisis in 2020, Al Manal Humanitarian Initiative launched ReacHer, an initiative providing women with mental health support and counselling services aimed at supporting women in their family, social and economic roles in the aftermath of the pandemic. ReacHer was implemented in partnership with Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) and several mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists and therapists, who provided counselling to women through various secure communication channels.
In 2022, Al Manal Humanitarian Initiative supported the eye health programme of the Noor Dubai Foundation in Katsina State, Federal Republic of Nigeria, which reaches 160,000 male and female students and 3,000 teachers in 194 primary schools in the state, by providing periodic eye examinations and medical glasses to those who need them.
Al Manal Humanitarian Initiative launched by @MMbinRashid marks 10 years of work by showcasing UAE’s leading role in dealing with climate change. The campaign is executed in partnership with @DubaiCares to support girls' education in developing countries. https://t.co/njqt0akSX6 pic.twitter.com/GYTEBRna1H— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) April 2, 2023
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