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Dubai Cares Announces 12 Country Plan to Educate and Empower Children in Developing Nations
Date:4/16/2008

AED85.5 Million Initiative in Sudan Called "Ground-breaking"

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- After raising an unprecedented AED3.4 billion last fall in an 8-week fundraising drive, Dubai Cares announced today twelve countries that will be the recipients of its Phase One funding. Dubai Cares has become the world's largest charitable establishment solely devoted to improving primary education for children in developing countries.

Dubai Cares was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Save the Children has a 75 year history of helping children recover from wars and natural disasters.

Dubai Cares has prioritized its phase one grants in countries which have the highest level of need and can deliver the maximum benefit for the children. The twelve countries chosen by Dubai Cares for Phase One include Bangladesh, Bosnia, Chad, Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Maldives, Mauritania, Niger, Pakistan, Palestinian refugees (in Lebanon and Jordan), Sudan and Yemen.

In these countries, Dubai Cares will implement needs-specific, primary education programmes based on its value chain of education which will include the building of new school facilities; rehabilitating existing damaged school premises; ensuring safe water and proper sanitation facilities; distributing school supply materials; improving nutritional intake and conducting medical check-up for students and teachers; and providing training and workshops to adequately empower teachers and principals.

In today's announcement Dubai Cares provided specific details on the overall design for primary education programs in Sudan. Program details for the aforementioned countries will be announced in the near future.

Dubai Cares' partners were selected based on their track record in providing for underprivileged children around the world, as well as their access to adequate r
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