Dubai Cares

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Dubai Cares is a humanitarian initiative that seeks to provide children in developing countries with access to quality primary education
Education
Education in its broadest, general sense is the means through which the aims and habits of a group of people lives on from one generation to the next. Generally, it occurs through any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts...

. It was launched in September 2007 by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum , also Sheikh Mohammed, , is the Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates , and absolute monarch of Dubai.-Personal life and education:...

, the Vice President and Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates, abbreviated as the UAE, or shortened to "the Emirates", is a state situated in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman, and Saudi Arabia, and sharing sea borders with Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and Iran.The UAE is a...

, and the Ruler of Dubai
Dubai
Dubai is a city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates . The emirate is located south of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula and has the largest population with the second-largest land territory by area of all the emirates, after Abu Dhabi...

. As of April 2008, Dubai Cares was Dubai's contribution to the U.N.
United Nations
The United Nations is an international organization whose stated aims are facilitating cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress, human rights, and achievement of world peace...

Millennium Development Goals to provide primary education to every child by 2015 and was the largest foundation in the world devoted to improving primary education in developing countries. Initially, Dubai Cares' goal was to educate 1 million children in poor countries, but as of 2010, Dubai Cares has reached more than 5 million beneficiaries in 24 countries including Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, Chad, Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Mali, Mauritania, Nepal, Niger, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Yemen, and with Palestinian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon.

Dubai Cares has partnerships with organizations such as The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Care International, GAIN, Global Network, Oxfam GB, Plan International, Room to Read, Save the Children, Scholastic and UNICEF. Additionally, Dubai Cares seeks to establish and maintain strategic relationships with likeminded organizations to co-fund programs that advance their distinct but related missions.

Approach to Education
Dubai Cares’ programs are designed to reduce, if not remove, the greatest obstacles that prevent children across the developing world from attaining quality primary education. With each intervention, Dubai Cares evaluates the need for assistance across four key areas within the education sector: Infrastructure, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, Quality and Capacity of Education, and School Health & Nutrition.

With its comprehensive approach to development, Dubai Cares aims to reduce, and ideally eliminate, the underlying causes that prevent children’s access to quality primary education. The organization is dedicated to providing individuals with the tools to overcome personal and social challenges, thereby allowing them to make concrete contributions to sustainable development.

Global Impact
Dubai Cares continues to receive tremendous support from the UAE community. This support has been directed towards:

Reaching out to more than 5 million beneficiaries in 24 countries; Establishing over 5,000 Parent-Teacher Associations; Building and renovating hundreds of schools; Training over 20,000 teachers; Distributing over one million books written in local languages; bringing clean water to children in schools; Providing nutritious food everyday to more than 2,000 children in schools; Keeping more than 300,000 children free from intestinal worms through its de-worming activities.