Barclays Wealth, a leading global wealth management institution, has donated a bus to the Dubai Centre for Special Needs to transport children from their homes to the Centre. Barclays Wealth is dedicated to supporting and working in partnership with organizations such as the Dubai Centre for Special Needs that are committed to helping and providing education to students with special needs.
Whilst handing over the keys, Soha Nashaat, CEO of Barclays Wealth, Middle East and North Africa said: "We are honoured to offer this bus to such an admirable organization that provides educational opportunities for challenged children and young adults, allowing them to play a larger role in their communities. We hope this bus will assist in facilitating the Centre's daily operations and in bringing a positive change to the lives of the children and their families. "
The Dubai Centre for Special Needs is an established, non-profitable institution that provides the highest standards of service in specialized education and therapy, for children with various disabilities. It is a caring environment, largely dependent on the generosity of the local communities and corporations. Its aim is to provide each and every one of its students the key to a positive life, thereby "Lighting the path to a brighter future".
Dr. Mahshid Salehi, Director, Dubai Centre for Special Needs added: "We are very grateful to Barclays Wealth for supporting us and donating this bus to our Centre that serves 130 students of which 65% are UAE nationals. It is organizations such as Barclays Wealth, with their encouragement and recognition that help us to continue the work that we do."
She added: "Our aim is to give each and every one of our students the best quality of life of which they are able physically, emotionally, socially and academically. Our focus on students extends beyond our facilities, where we concentrate on prevocational training taking them to various organizations within Dubai for work experience and help them gain employment within the community."
In 2009, Barclays contributed £54.9m through its global community investment programme that had three strategic themes: Banking on Brighter Futures, Looking after Local Communities and Charity Begins at Work. More than 58,000 employees participated in fundraising, volunteering or giving across 31 different countries.
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