Union Coop joins hands with Dubai Cares to support 10,000 schoolchildren from low-income families across UAE

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – August, 2018: As part of its popular community engagement initiative “Volunteer Emirates”, Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives distributed today 10,000 school kits to students from low-income families in Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, and Ras Al Khaimah. The Back to School edition of Volunteer Emirates, which took place at Horizon English School, was sponsored by Union Coop and supported by around 300 volunteers who joined the Dubai Cares team in packing the school kits for children from kindergarten to Grade 12. The school kits included essential stationery such as notebooks, sketchbooks, color pencils, pens, pencils, sharpeners, erasers, white board pens, rulers and pencil cases.

The distribution of these school kits is being carried out in partnership with Gulf Model School, H.H Shaikh Rashid Pakistani School- Dubai, Radiant School Sharjah, Al Ihsan Charity Association, Al Rashidyah Private School – Ajman, Al Salaf Al Saleh Private School – RAK.

“Following the success of our two Back to School editions of Volunteer Emirates which were organized in 2017, we are delighted to host another edition this year. Our goal through this initiative is to ensure that children from low-income families feel well-equipped as they return to their classrooms with all the tools required to start their new academic year on an optimistic note. We hope the children will experience the special childhood joy of the first day back at school with new school essentials, which plays an important role in increasing levels of confidence and happiness as they move forward in their educational journey. Moreover, we are proud to partner again with Union Coop for its generous sponsorship of this edition, and continue to feel overwhelmed by the spirit of volunteerism among members of the UAE community, who sign up and turn out in huge numbers, to support our community engagement initiatives,” said Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares.

Khalid Humaid Bin Diban Al Falasi, CEO of Union Coop said, “We’re more than happy to extend our sincere support to this great initiative, which also falls in line with Union Coop’s primary directive of Community Social Responsibility. We’re sure that our efforts will definitely bring smiles to the innocent faces, who will indeed play a vital role in defining the future of our great nation. We have firm faith in the vision of our great leaders and will do everything in our power to support the same.”

“We are grateful to Dubai Cares for partnering with us for the second consecutive year. For most students, new school kits are cause for great excitement, especially when they begin the countdown to return to school after their summer break. Through this initiative, Dubai Cares, with the generous sponsorship of Union Coop, has provided a complete set of high-quality stationery, which will enable children to commence their new academic journey with confidence and preparedness,” said Aisha Al Khateri, Acting Director at Al Ihsan Charity Association.

“We thank Dubai Cares and Union Coop for their generous support and donation of school kits under the Back to School initiative. As our students embark upon a new academic calendar, these tools will cover their important stationery requirements that are essential to ensuring a positive educational experience,” said Imran Waheed, Principal at H.H Shaikh Rashid Pakistani School, one of the benefiting schools.

Gabriela Valeva, one of the volunteers said: “It is truly inspiring to see people coming together from all over the UAE to assemble school kits for needy families. Through the new school supplies, we hope that schoolchildren will have a good start in their academic year.”

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