Sunday 8, May 2016

Dubai – MENA Herald: Seeking to strengthen relations with social and humanitarian institutions in the UAE, Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation’s (AMAF) Family Village project received a delegation from Abu Dhabi based Ewa’a Shelter for Women and Children (ESWC). During the visit, the two organizations pledged to strengthen cooperation and share knowledge, best practices and experiences on nurturing and protecting orphans and minors in the UAE.

Headed by Her Excellency Sarah Ibrahim Shuhail, Executive Director of Ewa’a Shelter for Women and Children, the delegation comprised. Widad Salem, Director of Family Village received the ESWC representatives in the presence of several employees, ‘mothers’ and care givers working at the Village.

The two sides discussed ways to enhance cooperation through providing adequate shelter and introducing new services for orphaned children and minors at the Family Village. Family Village representatives offered the visitors an overview of the the entrance criteria for children seeking shelter at the Village. Future plans and joint projects were also outlined.

Widad Salem thanked Ewa’a Shelter for Women and Children for accepting the invitation to visit the Family Village and pointed out that such visits facilitated the sharing of expertise and foster a healthy environment for orphans and children deprived of wholesome family care.

Commenting on the visit, Widad Salem said: “We look forward to working with ESWC to shape a healthy community that supports underprivileged children and encourages them to develop into productive and active members of society. Part of our ongoing efforts to share expertise and experiences and partner with national institutions in the UAE, we are confident this synergy with ESWC will further advance our common objectives. We are pleased to carry out all humanitarian works that contribute to enhancing social stability and fulfill the needs of diverse segments within the community.

Aligned with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to care for orphans and minors in the UAE, the Family Village project provides orphans with housing, education and social development in a stable and balanced homely atmosphere. With alternative mothers and nannies, the Village provides full-time care and support to the minors in order to encourage them to integrate into mainstream society. The Family Village was the first community orphanage established in Dubai in 2015 and the first endowment village in the wider Middle Eastern region.

Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation manages and develops endowment funds that contribute to its well-planned vision to adequately distribute proceeds from smart investments for the benefit of the UAE community. With the objective of rehabilitating and empowering youth, the Foundation embraces minors and provides them with necessary social care. To achieve its goals, the Foundation runs several projects, notably the Family Village, and the salma Humanitarian Relief program that aims to provide a million Halal meals to disaster victims around the world.