ABU DHABI, -- The Emirates Charity Forum adopted local and international volunteering and humanitarian initiatives with an investment cost exceeding AED20 million.

The most prominent of these include the establishment of the Emirates Charity Mobile Centre, launching the Charity Academy and launching the Charity Partnership Platform, adopting the projects of Charity Doctors, appointing Emirates Charity ambassadors and organising Emirates Charity sessions in the different emirates of the country, and summits in different countries.

The conference was held to coincide with the Emirates Conference for Specialised Volunteering on Sunday. Its voluntary initiatives aim to empower youth in voluntary work and encourage partnership between the government and private sectors to establish social youth investment projects and contribute to economic and socially sustainable development in a unique and innovative model of sustainable social work.

This comes as part of an initiative by the Zayed Giving and the Emirates Volunteering Centre, the National Institution for Training and the Saudi-German Hospital, in partnership with the Sharjah Charity, Dar Al Ber Society and Beit Al Khair Society, and in co-operation with the Arab Federation for Voluntary Work, the Arab Society for Social Responsibility and the Arab Foundation for Humanitarian work. The conference was hosted by the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research.

With 200 Emirati youth from different governmental and private institutions participating in the meeting, it included dialogue sessions on establishing a culture of volunteer work.

Mohamed Al Khayal, General-Secretary for the Sharjah Charity, stressed the UAE was leading in the field of humanitarian work, the foundation for which was laid by late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The wise leadership of the nation has continued the culture of giving and has empowered the youth in the fields of voluntary, humanitarian and charity work, locally and internationally, he added.

Al Anoud Al Ajmi, Executive Director for the Emirates Volunteering Centre, valued the efforts of Zayed Giving Initiative, which, since its establishment, has provided an exceptional example of voluntary and humanitarian work to be followed, locally and internationally, through its sustainable developmental initiatives, the most prominent of which is the yearly organising of the Arab Giving Summit and the Arab Conference to Empower the Youth in Voluntary Work.

It also established the Arab Voluntary Academy and launched the campaign of giving to treat a million children and the elderly, and established humanitarian field hospitals and mobile clinics to reach the needy sectors in different countries under its volunteering and humanitarian aid programme, he noted.

Source: Emirates News Agency