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Towards a better world - The Mohammed bin Rashid Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation

posted on 17/04/2003: 800 views

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation strives to raise the quality of life for many in the UAE and abroad. It is now working to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Iraq

The vision: To create a better and more human world.

The mission: To provide a helping hand to the needy in the UAE and outside.

The organisation: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation.

Iraq is a bubbling cauldron of humanitarian crises – food, water, medical aid and electricity are urgently required. International aid agencies are foretelling dire consequences if supplies don't reach Iraq very soon: children dying of acute diarrhoea, and epidemics.

In these challenging times, the Dubai-based foundation set up in 1997 as per a royal decree issued by His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is working hard to help the people of Iraq at the earliest possible opportunity. It is under the patronage of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister.

Khalifa Mohammed Al Shaer, Director of the foundation, spoke to Gulf News about the pioneering emergency work done by the charity, the various international projects and their efforts to raise the quality of life for many in the UAE.

Al Shaer explained that the foundation comprises three main sections including "the project committee, international relief committee and internal assistance committee."

He said: "The internal assistance committee focuses on needs of the people within the UAE. People come to us for help, usually of a monetary nature. We evaluate each case and do the needful. "The best help might be medical care, education funds or food coupons as opposed to just giving money. So it is carried out accordingly. In the future we are also looking at setting up vocational training opportunities for people, especially for those who do not have documents to prove their identity.

"The people of the UAE are the main focus of the organisation, it was primarily set up for that purpose. In every society there are the rich and poor. As we advance, there are many who are left behind because of lack of proper support. The foundation is present to help those people progress, it is about sharing, helping and caring – the very essence of Islam.

The international relief committee is about providing emergency aid in disaster-stricken and strife-ridden countries around the world. In the past they have set up refugee camps in Afghanistan, provided aid in Palestine and are now working for Iraq. The funds allocated for aid work in Afghanistan is to the tune of Dh17 million, which will be utilised as the projects develop. They plan to send two convoys of medicines via Jordan to Iraq as soon as the situation allows it.

The project committee has two sections; one is for programmes within the UAE and the other for outside the country. For the external programme Al Shaer said the charity body is still investigating various plans. Their past effort in this section includes extensive rebuilding work carried out in Kosovo. (The Gulf News)


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