Fifteen Dubai Cares volunteers lay foundation for school in remote Nepali villageOctober 30, 2017, 9:35 am GMT
Fifteen Dubai Cares volunteers returned from a trip to Nepal, where they helped set the foundation for a school in the village of Phuleli inthe Kanchanpur district as part of the organisation's Volunteer Globally initiative.
During the week-long trip, which ran from October 21-27, the volunteers participated in worksite activities including digging trenches, laying bricks, tying and reinforcing steel bars as well as mixing concrete, picking, sifting and pumping water. These activities were also combined with cultural education workshops for better interaction and understanding of the local community.
When complete, the school will benefit 150 children and 60 illiterate women in the small community.
Kanchanpur is home to the population of indigenous Tharu. Across the region, 44 percent of the population is living below the poverty line, and illiteracy rates in rural Nepal are close to 70%. Obstacles to education include costs, distance, low quality; parents prefer their children working than educating them, leading to many children dropping out of school or failing to enroll.
Commenting on this year's edition of Volunteer Globally, Dubai Cares CEO Tariq Al Gurg said: "Volunteerism is part of Dubai Cares' DNA, and we see it as one of the clearest expressions of solidarity with communities around the world and an effective tool for sustainable development. Through our Volunteer Globally initiative, Dubai Cares' aim is to engage volunteers based in the UAE in a unique experience and give them the opportunity to see the reality on the ground and help us in addressing pressing challenges related to education in developing countries. We are proud of the commitment and dedication of our volunteers who traveled with us from the UAE to dedicate their time, passion and expertise to provide the gift of education to underprivileged children in Nepal. The impact of the work carried out by the volunteers in the span of just one week will certainly last for decades."
Dubai Cares' 'Volunteer Globally' initiative was launched in 2009, in line with Dubai Cares efforts to engage UAE residents by offering them the opportunity to give back. Fifty applications were shortlisted based on their responses provided in the application and were invited to one-on-one interviews, after the final 15 volunteers were chosen.
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