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Ruler of Dubai launches initiative for orphans and minors.

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has launched a new initiative to ensure the wellbeing of orphans and young people.

'The UAE Initiative for Connection with Orphans and Minors' will involve a range of authorities along with individuals and families interested in taking part.State news agency WAM reported this includes families taking orphaned children into their homes for half a day and allowing them to take part in activities, such as swimming and biking.

Sheikh Mohammed said: "Our Emirati society is a global model of compassion and cohesion between all segments.This outstanding trait stems from our commitment to the tolerance of Islam which exhorts us to show mutual compassion and cling to our national and Arab traditions".

"We want all members of the Emirati society to be part of the ongoing process of building the country. That is why we are always keen to extend support to all segments including orphans and minors".

Sheikh Mohammed added: "Our support today will not be individual.Rather, it will be teamwork in which the Emirati society as a whole is involved in the process based on its love for philanthropy.The Holy Month of Ramadan is an opportunity for all of us to contribute a small part of our time to cater to the needs of orphans and minors and boost their role as an effective segment in our progress".

"I am confident that the people of UAE will work as one team to build a global model in caring for orphans and minors".

The new initiative continues Sheikh Mohammed's tradition of launching social and charity initiatives during Ramadan.

Sheikh Mohammed at the launch of the new initiative

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has launched "The UAE Initiative for Connection with Orphans and Minors"

Shiekh Mohammed spending time with children

The new initiative continues H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid's tradition of launching social and charity initiatives during Ramadan.

Sheikh Mohammed looking at the kids' works

The initiative provides three alternatives for young Emiratis willing to contribute towards caring for orphans and minors.

Sheikh Mohammed talking to orphans and minors

The first alternative is fraternal connections to provide guidance and good advice

Sheikh Mohammed with some minors

The second alternative is to take care of orphaned and minor students for a certain number of class hours

Orphans and minors talking to Sheikh Mohammed

The third option is setting up common interest groups to engage orphans and minors in activities like swimming and biking

Sheikh Mohammed with orphan s and minors

Elderly people can also contribute to the initiative either through connecting with orphans and minors at senior care homes or acting as grandfathers

It provides three alternatives for young Emiratis willing to contribute.These include providing guidance and good advice, taking care of orphaned and minor students for a certain number of class hours, and setting up common interest groups to engage orphans and minors in activities like swimming and biking.

Interested families wishing to take part in the initiative also have three alternatives.

First, a family can either regularly host an orphan or a minor for half a day to provide them with a friendly family atmosphere. Second, a group of interested families can regularly meet with a group in public places.

And thirdly, fathers and mothers can volunteer to be guardians of orphans and minors and follow up their performance at school.

Elderly people can also contribute to the initiative either through connecting with orphans and minors at care homes or acting as grandfathers.

'The UAE Initiative for Connection with Orphans and Minors' also includes a virtual academy to encourage self-development of those without parents, and programmes aimed at encouraging orphans and minors to connect with government workplaces as part of their quest for future careers.

WAM said it also involves nurturing their talents and knowledge by introducing them to national awards.

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid issued directives to set up a higher committee to manage the new initiative.

The committee will be chaired by Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gargawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs and include Hussain Al Qamzi, Chairman of the Board of Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation, among others.

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