DUBAI: The “Family Village for Orphans” project has been launched as the first initiative in Ramadan by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The charity project was among thousands of proposals Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid had received in response to his invitation to the public to submit what they think would be the best initiatives that could be put forward and adopted during the holy month of Ramadan.
A launching ceremony was held at the Emirates Towers in presence of H. H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council and H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy ruler of Dubai.
The Family Village for Orphans aims to create a balanced and stable family atmosphere for the orphaned children who do not have the opportunity to get family care, which is regarded as one of the basic factors for human growth. The village will cater to all the psychological, mental and spiritual needs of children with full time female “mother” care-takers to provide around-the-clock full care and assistants as”aunts” to be integrated as part of the children’s daily life as well as “grandmothers” to oversee order in the village. Naturally, the Village will provide state-of-the-art education and sports facilities, full amenities and 24/7 medical care for the children.
“Such religious occasions make us closer to orphans, the closet to my heart, are the most underprivileged in any community and the most needful for care in any community. These occasions make us, as community and government, show all the love and sympathy with orphans whose existence among us promotes serenity,” Sheikh Mohammed said.
“Kindness to orphans contributes to social cohesion in the UAE,” he added stressing on the need to cater to all the needs of orphans.
Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF), a Dubai government department is taking care of 2640 minors in the Emirate.
The ceremony was attended by Minister for Cabinet Affairs Mohammed Abdullah Al Gargawi, Director of Dubai Ruler’s Office Lt-Gen. Musabbah Rashid Al Fattan and other senior officials.