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United Arab Emirates: 70 university students rebuild a house for a needy family in Sharjah and bring joy to a mother of four – News


Published: Tuesday, November 7, 2023, 6:00 am

Nada Ahmed had always dreamed of renovating his house, but between caring for his four children and his mother, it seemed like a distant reality. Now, seventy students from the American University of Sharjah (AUS) have made his dream possible.

For two weeks, the young people painted, furnished, cleaned and decorated the entire house, transforming it into a welcoming home for the family in need.

“I’ve never imagined anything like this,” Nada said. “Transformation and joy [the students] we have brought into our home is beyond words. Thank you for this ray of hope and the moments full of laughter.”

For some of the students, it was a life-changing experience. One of them was Judy Debs, a biology student at AUS. “The trip was transformative and gave me a deeper appreciation and gratitude for my own blessings,” she said. “Helping this family was not just a task, but a profound act of beauty and purpose. Despite the challenges, the sense of purpose” and the incredible teamwork made it all worth it. I hope to contribute once more before this chapter concludes.”

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Noble initiative

This initiative is part of the Hand in Hand project, led by the university’s Community Service and Outreach (CSO) office in partnership with Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS).

“Our project is not just about bricks and mortar; it’s about building bridges of hope, community and unity,” said Aisha Ali, AUS CSO Manager. “Witnessing the spirit of generosity of our students and the joy it brings to families is deeply humbling.”

Since its launch in 2009, the initiative has successfully completed 27 renovation projects, all funded entirely through donations from students and their families and charitable accounts.

Mona Abdul Karim Al Yafei, Principal of SCHS, praised the volunteering initiative undertaken by AUS students. One of Nada’s daughters, Tasneem, is a student at Al Wafa Skill Development School, which belongs to SCHS.

“The long-standing partnership between Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services and the American University of Sharjah has a rich history spanning several years,” he said. “There is no doubt that this collaboration plays a vital role in raising awareness of the challenges faced by people with disabilities.” and their rights. It also promotes volunteerism and firmly establishes social responsibility as a fundamental behavior and value.”

“We encourage both individuals and institutions in our society to wholeheartedly embrace and further develop this commitment. Our goal is for it to become a lasting legacy and cultural tradition, cherished by generations to come.”


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