Bloomingdale’s Middle East has partnered with The UN Refugee Agency to bring us The Pioneers – an inspiring campaign that’s showing us how we can give back and help our community this Ramadan. These are the six individuals campaigning for change in the region:
THE HUMANITARIAN - SHADIA AL-JABRI
The Director of Rawafed, a Development and Learning Center for underprivileged children, Shadia has dedicated her career to providing children with access to education, and has previously collaborated with the Emirates Red Crescent and other UAE-based charities in order to help as many children as possible. In fact, their last initiative ‘Hlayyel Yaqra’ took in 200 children without an education and taught them to read and write in just fourteen months.
THE TRAILBLAZER - BEDOUR AL-RAQBANI
When Bedour’s daughter was diagnosed with hearing loss, her family searched for a center that would not only help her daughter, but give her family the support they needed. An unsuccessful search prompted Bedour to create a center of her own, and shortly after she opened the doors of the Kalamati Center for Communication and Rehabilitation – the first community service establishment dedicated to treating children with special needs.
THE INNOVATORS - MARYAM BELHOUL, AHMED AL ZAROONI AND RAMA HUSAMDDINE
This inspirational trio are members of “With Hope” in the UAE, which aims to break stereotypes surrounding mental illness and hopes to build a supportive community of volunteers. Maryam, Ahmed and Rama’s goal is to make individuals feel comfortable seeking help for mental health issues, and hope to end the stigma surrounding mental health in the region.
THE ACTIVIST - NOOR AL-OBAID
Noor’s inspirational journey began with a bake sale in 2009, where she raised money for charity by baking cakes. She now owns Bake and Educate, which raises money to support families in Kuwait that are unable to afford their children’s tuition fees. Since Bake and Educate was founded 10 years ago, Noor’s charity has helped 482 families pay for their children to go to school.
You can donate and learn more about Bloomingdale's Middle East's inspirational campaign here.
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