How this Dubai college is giving us fashion with a side of humanitarianism

What do Barack Obama's granny, College of Fashion and Design Dubai and a whole heap of well-deserved scholarships have in common?
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How this Dubai college is giving us fashion with a side of humanitarianism

Environmental concerns and human welfare are two things that are a growing focus in the fashion industry, and this region’s most recent humanitarian contribution should definitely melt the frostiest of fashion hearts out there.

The College of Fashion and Design in Dubai has launched a scholarship programme available to an impoverished community in Kenya which has been supported by the SOWO Foundation, an organisation dedicated to empowering orphans and widows (which happens to be overseen by the grandmother of ex-POTUS Barack Obama. Casual).

The scheme allows students to study in the UAE and earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Business Management or Fashion Design, with winners beginning classes as early as January 2019.

With attendance from dignitaries from the corporate sector such as Gaurav Kaushal the CEO of Godrej, Janet Kemboi the Head of Communications at Uber, Finali Galaiya, previously Miss India and Abhiruchi Abrol and Cynthia Penner from CFD, the announcement event was held at Kogelo, at Obama’s grandmother’s house.

On the topic of education Mama Sarah Obama emphasised, “Education is very important for the youth to maximise their passion.” The CFD-SOWO Scholarship will also be known as the CFD-Mama Sarah Obama Scholarship as a mark of respect to the former president’s grandmother.

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