The Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination (ZHO) and ADQ announced the launch of the ‘Bridges of Hope’ programme to support people of determination in Egypt.
The joint initiative is in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS), which oversees the Office of People of Determination and offers a full range of educational, behavioural, and rehabilitative services.
ZHO is representing the UAE through its participation in the “Haya Karima” (Decent Life) initiative launched by Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, which aims to strengthen social opportunities and protection for people of determination, as part of efforts to elevate the quality of human development services for all societal categories.
The ZHO and ADQ ‘Bridges of Hope’ programme aims to develop 60 centers in several Egyptian villages, providing integrated services to support and empower people of determination from different backgrounds and skill-sets. A specialist team of social workers and speech pathologists will also conduct workshops to identify learning difficulties and provide people of determination with the specialised skills in order to overcome them, in addition to implementing programmes designed to provide psychological and social support. Additionally, ZHO will offer awareness programmes and facilitate knowledge transfer, in partnership with MOYS and other relevant authorities, for families and parents to equip them with the right resources to approach their children.
Dr. Ashraf Sobhi, Egyptian Minister of Youth and Sports, reiterated Egypt’s commitment to integrating people of determination across social activities and projects, under the directive of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to empower them achieve their dreams and incorporate them within society. Dr. Sobhi also expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the UAE’s leadership and community for their ongoing support to Egypt.
ZHO’s Secretary-General Abdulla Abdulalee Al Humaidan, praised the collaboration between the ZHO and ADQ, and the strong bilateral relations between Egypt and the UAE, led by President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
“The implementation of the ‘Bridges of Hope’ programme is in line with the directives of H.H. Sheikh Khalid bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of ZHO. The programme reflects the steadfast international efforts of the UAE to reinforce the importance of humanitarian and relief aid, regionally and globally.”, said Al Humaidan.
To Anas Albarguthi, Chief Operating Officer at ADQ: “Our collaboration with ZHO to deliver the ‘Bridges of Hope’ programme will help to expand care for people of determination and facilitating their integration into society. Our enriching programme will provide valuable opportunities for training, development, and vocational and therapeutic support. Bridges of Hope complements our joint US$20 billion (AED 73 billion) strategic investment platform with The Sovereign Fund of Egypt (TSFE), which was established in 2019 and aims to contribute to the economic development of Egypt and support its local communities.”