The UAE Embassy Supports US Health Institutes and Organizations

On September 9th, The United Arab Emirates (UAE) made a significant showing of support in the nation’s capital for the 2017 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Deputy Chief Mission at the Embassy of the UAE Omar Al Shamsi was among several hundred UAE staff, diplomats, and students who came to Washington DC to participate in both the Race for the Cure’s 5K race and single-mile charity race.

The 2017 Race for the Cure had the UAE as an official sponsor that both provided its own runners and accommodated participants/spectators in a hospitality tent. Participants and spectators in the UAE hospitality tent were able to enjoy a variety of raffle prizes, henna art, and Emirati refreshments.

Positive ongoing collaborations
In recent years, the UAE has continually made a concentrated effort to show more public advocacy for organized health initiatives. One of the most prominent partnerships with medical institutions that the UAE has made in the United States is the Sheikh Zayed Building for Personalized Cancer Care at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Some of the other established health organizations that the UAE has notably gotten involved with include John Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute (Sheikh Zayed Tower) and the Children’s National Medical Center (Sheikh Zayed Institute). The UAE Embassy has also shown support for the annual Health Kidney 10K organized by The New York Road Runners.

A global initiative
According to Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE’s involvement in the Race for the Cure is an essential aspect of making sure that its survivors and supporters can come together to better raise awareness. As medical technology continues to advance, the UAE has been heavily invested in joining the forefront of international organizations worldwide committed to fostering better health care.

As the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is the single largest fundraising event for breast cancer support on the planet, the UAE’s participation is a strong sign of its commitment to getting deeply involved in global healthcare advocacy.

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Hope for Henry Foundation Makes a Difference

What noble could cause bring together personalities as diverse as Wolf Blitzer, Bret Baier, and former Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius? On October 27, 2015, it was the first annual Hope for Henry bowling charity event at Georgetown’s Pinstripes Bowling Alley.

Several political personalities and celebrities raised $160,000 that night to improve the quality of life for kids battling cancer and other illnesses at Children’s National Medical Center and MedStar Georgetown Hospital. The Honorary Chair of the event was Abeer Al Otaiba, the wife of United Arab Emirates Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba. Other guests included comedian Donnell Rawlings and former Chief of Protocol Capricia Marshall.

The evening also included a silent auction, a casual cocktail party, and even a visit from Spiderman. The event was wildly successful and covered by even the political media. The relaxed atmosphere was a welcome change in a city where formality is the norm.

Hope for Henry Foundation
Laurie Strongin and Allen Goldberg founded Hope for Henry Foundation in 2003 after their son, Henry, died. Inspired by his bravery in the face of constant and severe treatment for Fanconi anemia, his parents wanted to honor their son by creating an organization that could help other children cope with illness and treatment.

Among the goals of Hope for Henry Foundation are:

  • To employ child life specialists to help with therapy and increase trust
  • To motivate patients to comply with treatment by offering incentives
  • To ease the pain of illness and treatment and make the healing process more fun

Child life specialists guide patients and their families through treatment, explaining difficult terms and standing side by side with families through procedures. Money raised by the foundation is also spent on gifts, such as games and electronic equipment, for hospitalized children. These gifts ease the fears of patients and are used as incentives that prompt them to comply with necessary medical procedures.

However, Hope for Henry is probably best known for hosting fun events, including parties, movies, and celebrity visits. The most popular parties include Halloween and superhero ones. These reprieves add some joy and laughter to the painful day-to-day lives of these children.

Hope for Henry Foundation does important work to alleviate the boredom and depression hospitalized kids often feel. The smile on a child’s face at a Hope for Henry party shows the difference the charity makes more than any statistics can.

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Organizations that help in Somalia

The need for assistance in Somalia has increased from 5 million to over 6 million. There are so many natural disasters that have and do happen that affect these people every year. Somalia is susceptible to flooding, drought and constant conflict that affect the security and food supply of the people living there. Hundreds of thousands of children are at risk of famine. There is a combination of issues that have caused Somalia to deteriorate. Climate change, food crisis and irregular rainfall patterns have a lot to do with it. This had lead to deaths of livestock, poor water sources and the absence of milk. Without these helpful organizations, the situation in Somalia will worsen.

Islamic Relief

Islamic Relief is an organization that has been around for the past 25 years, and is committed to helping people in all walks of life, regardless of religion, race, or gender, and they are working together to free the world of poverty.

Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps was founded since 2005 and has been an important ally to Somalia. Decades of extremism and strife have resulted in the Somalia people to become displaced from their homes. The people of Somalia rely on government assistance and the help of such organizations as Mercy Corps. This organization helps provide clean water and distributes food. They help provide cash assistance, training and livelihood support that helps families supplement their income. They help increase education and provide more opportunities for youth.

Concern Worldwide

Concern Worldwide began working with Somalia since 1986. They respond quickly to emergencies caused by flooding, food shortages and drought. They also run programs long-term to help the people of Somalia to sustain their nutrition, education, health and livelihood. Concern Worldwide has provided cash transfers to over 14,000 families. They provide the families who don’t have telephones sim-cards so they can receive the transfers by mobile.

United Muslim Relief

Thousands of families are forced to flee for their lives due to constant fighting and war. The United Muslim Relief helps millions of people including children with food, education and proper healthcare. They collect donations of toothbrushes, toothpaste and provide dental units to help these families maintain proper dental care. Many children suffer from dental diseases which can lead to other health problems because of poor dental care.

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Great non-profits in the DC area

Some of the top non-profit organizations are located in the Washinton D.C. area. The Goodwill of Greater Washington is one of these groups. They seek to improve their community by providing people with employment and educational opportunities. They are known for their success training programs. These programs include:

  • Free Job Training
  • Assistance With Job Placement
  • Individual Work
  • Industry Recognized Certifications

These programs allow people to build up their education and work experience so that it is easier for them to get jobs. The Goodwill of Greater Washington works to push people toward ultimate success. They provide them with the tools they need in order to be successful in life.

SourceAmerica works with non-profit organizations and gives them the opportunity to work with people that are disabled. A large percentage of disabled people in the United States are unable to find work. SourceAmerica gives them the change to get back in the game and find a job. They seek to place individuals that will be beneficial to the non-profit organizations that hire them. They have working to improve the lives and opportunities of the disabled community for 40 years and continue to work harder.

Another great non-profit group in the D.C. area is The ARC of the District of Columbia, Inc. They work with people who have developmental and intellectual disabilities. They offer a variety of successful programs for people with disabilities. They also provide emotional support to these people and their families. By doing this, they empower them and give them back control. They have been helping people who have more than 100 types of disabilities for over 60 years. The ARC of the District of Columbia seeks to improve these people’s overall lives and they always advocate of their behave. They have many different programs that are beneficial to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

  • Guided Employment Opportunities
  • Education Assistance
  • Social Support
  • Self-Advocacy Online

These programs have proven to be highly effective in changing the lives of people in D.C. who have disabilities. One of these programs, Self-Advocacy Online, was created by RTC and The ARC is very supportive of it. It is useful for giving these people access to educational and networking information online. The ARC of the District of Columbia continues to support, advocate, and provide job opportunities to the disabled community.

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UAE Embassy Donates Soccer Field to Underprivileged Children

In collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Embassy in the United States gave a fully developed soccer pitch to the Franklin D. Roosevelt School located in Glenville. The school, which is run by CMSD, was the tenth beneficiary of the initiative overseen by the Embassy, which aims to avail amenities to underprivileged societies. Before Glenville, the program had been rolled out in several cities, including Chicago, Miami, Dallas, and Los Angeles among many others.

The latest phase was established in Cleveland, primarily because of the strong ties between the embassy and the Cleveland Clinic. The relationship goes way back to when the clinic inaugurated a hospital in the Abu Dhabi, helping in the construction and installation of appropriate infrastructure.

Eric Gordon, the CEO of CMSD, was gratified by the embassy’s generosity. In the ensuing press release, he noted the field would play a fundamental role in developing the lives of the children, through improving their health and nurturing valuable skills such as resilience and teamwork. Also, the pitch would provide an adequate playing environment for the kids. Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE Ambassador, was expected to grace the inauguration but he could not make it.

Since its inception in 2010, the incentive, superintended by the UAE Embassy has made remarkable achievements. The initiative teams up with local groups. Including professional teams, schools and charity organizations, in a bid to avail cutting-edge playing facilities to underserved communities across America. So far, the program has overseen the successful construction and completion of ten such pitches which are distributed in various locations around the United States.

The support does not end at the development of grounds. Also, the benefactors, majority of whom are school-going children are given extensive and quality soccer training programs. Through this incentive, coaches can identify kids with exceptional talent and nurture them into top professionals. Furthermore, the children are exposed to intense exercise, making them less vulnerable to health conditions that arise due to lack of or insufficient physical activity.

Additionally, children acquire cherished life skills on top of physical benefits while at the soccer grounds. One such attribute is communication, which thrives due to interaction with their peers. By playing together, kids learn to appreciate the essence of teamwork in their undertakings. Actively participating in the games also averts the possibility of a load of negative incidents, which are likely to occur if the children are left to idle.

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