Al Manal Al Humaneya allocates the exhibition proceeds to the Eye Health Care Program in Katsina.

The "Design for Hope" tender expands from Dubai to Nigeria

  • “Design for Hope” provides an opportunity for charitable and humanitarian work enthusiasts to contribute to bringing about tangible change in needy communities.

    Photography: Ahmed Ardeti

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Raising the slogan “Giving expands and vision becomes clear”, the seventh edition of the charitable exhibition “Design for Hope” was launched yesterday, which is organized by the “Humanitarian Achievement Initiative” at the headquarters of the Dubai Ladies Club in the Jumeirah area, and its entire proceeds are allocated to the eye health care program implemented by the “Noor Foundation” Dubai” in Katsina State, Nigeria.

The health program, which is implemented by Noor Dubai, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education in Katsina, and the State Comprehensive Basic Education Council, aims to conduct eye examinations for 160,000 male and female students and 3,000 teachers in 194 primary schools in the state, while providing eyeglasses for those who need them, as part of efforts The Foundation for the prevention and treatment of eye diseases around the world, and the exhibition “Design for Hope” contributes to providing these health and medical services to 50,000 students and to training, qualifying and training 40 female teachers to conduct examinations for female students inside their schools, within this comprehensive health program.

The noble goals of “Design for Hope”, which the Al-Manal Humanitarian Initiative has organized annually in support of charitable and development projects and programs, reflect the humanitarian vision of the campus of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum President of the Emirates Council for Gender Balance, President of the Dubai Women's Foundation and President of the Dubai Ladies Club.

The seventh edition of the exhibition, which lasts for three days, is sponsored by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and in partnership with Dubai Media Incorporated, a group of Emirati designers, entrepreneurs, fashion houses and jewelry, which reflects the authentic qualities of the Emirati people in giving and positive interaction with the humanitarian initiatives of the state and its institutions. different.

The inauguration was attended by Dr. Manal Taryam, CEO, Board Member of Noor Dubai Foundation, Executive Director of Primary Health Care Sector at Dubai Health Authority, Member of the Board of Directors of Dubai Women's Foundation, Al Judd Lootah, and Fatima Mohammed, Legal Adviser and Chairperson of the Women's Committee at Dubai Electricity and Water Authority. The Joker, Director of the Corporate Support Department, and Maitha Shuaib, Director of the Corporate Communications Department at the Dubai Women's Establishment, Naima Ahli.

noble goals

For his part, the Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, praised the noble goals of the Al Manal Humanitarian Initiative and the Noor Dubai Foundation, and their tireless efforts to extend a helping hand and benevolence to the needy around the world, and to highlight the best forms of giving and humanitarian work in the UAE, pointing to the role of the exhibition. In supporting the participation of Emirati women in the process of development and construction, consolidating the process of empowering them in the UAE and enhancing their participation in various fields.

Al Tayer added: “The authority is pleased to provide support for the activities of the Al-Manal Humanitarian Initiative, and all national initiatives that make great contributions to highlighting our identity, heritage, culture and authentic values, in addition to highlighting the active participation of Emirati women in supporting the integrated and sustainable system of voluntary and humanitarian work inside and outside the Emirates.” .

She noted the important role played by the Al-Manal Humanitarian Initiative in the field of humanitarian action at the local and global levels through many projects and programs that made a tangible difference in the lives of its beneficiaries, especially in the fields of health and education, praising the initiative's efforts led by Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in supporting and empowering women and girls within their communities, and Her Highness’s keenness to provide a healthy environment possible for them to perform their family, social and economic role and actively participate in development efforts.

And she added, "With the partnerships we build, we have a qualitative ability to change people's lives and influence them, because good health is one of the basic priorities of people and healthier societies are the ones that can look confidently towards the future."

human vision

For his part, Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Noor Dubai Foundation, Awad Saghir Al Ketbi, said, "The Al-Manal Humanitarian Initiative was able, in a record time, to make its own mark on the level of humanitarian and charitable work locally and regionally, in addition to its leadership in this field." The side since its launch in 2013 by Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, emphasizing the humanitarian vision of Her Highness.

He added, "The support provided by Al-Manal Humanitarian Initiative to the Noor Dubai Foundation represents a strong impetus for the foundation's charitable work, in addition to being an important catalyst for expanding the efforts to combat visual disabilities and preserve the gift of sight carried out by (Noor Dubai) in various countries of the world."

Saeed Al Tayer:

• “The efforts of Al-Manal Humanitarian Initiative and (Noor Dubai) in extending a helping hand to the needy highlight the best forms of giving and humanitarian work in the Emirates.”

Mona Al Marri:

• "Good health is a basic priority...and the healthiest societies are the ones that can look confidently towards the future."

Awad Al-Ketbi:

• "Al-Manal initiative, in record time, was able to make its own mark on the level of humanitarian work locally and regionally."

Manal Taryam: School health is our top priority

"The Foundation is concerned with combating blindness and visual impairment, and we have a program in Katsina State that deals with this on more than one level, and school health is one of the initiatives that we offer," said Dr. Manal Tarim, Executive Director of Noor Dubai.

She added, "(Humanitarian Manal) addresses the support of thousands of students in order to identify early any visual impairment they may suffer from, in addition to providing them with treatment, and 50 teachers will be trained to be able to examine the students' eyes and identify the problems they may suffer to secure early treatment." .

She stated that "Noor Dubai" programs have benefited millions of people, while ensuring the implementation of the sustainable development goals, pointing out that one of the goals supported by "Humanitarian Manal" is gender balance, and there will be a special program that provides examinations and treatment equally between males and females in schools.

She confirmed that Noor Dubai, which is a member of the International Agency to Combat Blindness, which falls under the World Health Organization, participates in periodic meetings held three or four times a year, to consider the needs of the world and the countries that need these programs, and then develop programs that suit the circumstances and needs of each Country.

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Many Emirati designers, fashion houses and jewelry have joined the humanitarian effort by participating in the seventh edition of the Design of Hope exhibition, including: Designers Empire, Salma Bin Omar, MT, I am Me, The Cousins, Monoir, Bloom Design, Twins Design, Shira Fashion, Blanc 8.3, Fatima with Love, Hexagon Dubai, 199x20s, Diamond Jewellery, Somaya Bakkar Collection, Harf & Nash Jewellery, and Toyfine Jewelery.

The exhibits are available for sale at incentive prices for visitors during the exhibition period from 11 am to 9 pm, from 25-27 March.

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