Takatof helps rehabilitate young offenders

Takatof volunteers engaged with groups of young people all across the UAE by involving them in renovation projects, organising football matches and inviting them to attend special Iftar and Suhoor events.

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Published: Tue 7 Jul 2015, 6:56 PM

Last updated: Fri 10 Jul 2015, 6:40 PM

Abu Dhabi - Emirates Foundation?s volunteering programme, Takatof, has helped rehabilitate former young offenders back into society through a range of social and sporting activities, as part of its Takatof Ramadan Project.
Held in collaboration with the Juvenile Care Centre in Abu Dhabi, the volunteers engaged with groups of young people all across the UAE by involving them in renovation projects, organising football matches and inviting them to attend special Iftar and Suhoor events.
The Takatof Ramadan Project is one of the key initiatives of the Takatof Social Volunteering Programme and comprises eight different activities designed to help people across all six emirates of the UAE while promoting a culture of volunteerism. Since its inception, the project has helped more than 1,000 families across the UAE.
Maytha Al Habsi, chief programmes officer at Emirates Foundation, said: "?At Emirates Foundation, we recognise that everyone in society deserves a second chance."
Without proper care and assistance, young offenders cannot develop into productive and responsible adults and even the smallest gestures go a long way towards helping them on the road to rehabilitation.
Lt. Colonel Mubarak Awad bin Muhairom, director of Community Police commended the contribution of the centres? partners and stakeholders from public and private sectors. He noted the importance of collaboration in providing the necessary care to this segment of society. ?Supporting young offenders is crucial to ensuring the success of the re-integration process,? he said.
?Emirates Foundation?s support has had a very positive impact on the lives of young people at the centre. I would like to express my gratitude to the Takatof volunteers who made a difference to the lives of young offenders during the Holy month of Ramadan.?
Other Takatof Ramadan projects include distribution of essential items to labourers, preparing Iftar meals for labourers and people of limited income, renovating the houses of needy families and assisting those with special needs perform their Umrah duties.
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