In a programme of the second phase of the Dubai Cares campaign called ‘Volunteer Emirates’, architects, engineers, investment bankers, creative directors and others numbering over 150 rolled up their sleeves to renovate and paint the walls of Umm Al Qura Charity School.
They also painted murals on the walls depicting child-friendly images like flowers, butterflies and colours of the UAE national flag.
“Volunteer Emirates is designed to attract people of all ages and various backgrounds to contribute to bettering the lives of all in our community. By renovating a school, today’s volunteers are enriching a student’s experience and providing outlets to children to enjoy themselves and their surroundings while they learn,” said Reem Al Hashimy, Chairperson of Dubai Cares Board of Directors.
While a few teams worked on the walls, the others got down to renovate the crumbling playground. The volunteers worked tirelessly from to , stopping only for occasional short breaks. They were asked to construct a good playground and renovate the 44 classrooms.
The pilot programme of the volunteer programme was tested at Manar Al Iman School,
The organisers told Khaleej Times that the response at Umm Al Qura was better than that at Manar Al Iman,
Volunteers expressed delight at being a part of such a programme. Abdulla bin Touq, Emirati engineer, said, “What inspires me is the joy that the children would feel when they come back to see their boring school walls looking bright and colourful.”
Ahmed Al Tenaiji, an Emirati investment banker, said¸ “I have never painted before and I felt great when I finished painting the first 16 classrooms. By volunteering like this, one gives something very important to his community.”
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