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Emirati runner dies: Sharjah ruler grants 1 million dirhams for Hamda Taryam’s unfinished charity projects – News


Published: Sunday, January 28, 2024, 7:14 p.m.

Last update: Sunday, January 28, 2024, 7:18 p.m.

Known for her generosity and talent, Hamda Taryam Matar Taryam, a well-known member of the Emirati and drag racing community, passed away on Saturday, January 27. She was only 24 years old.

The young woman who rose to fame in the Netflix series ‘The Fastest’ had another side. The ambitious athlete was also a philanthropist. Her passing has left behind her charitable work and her ongoing foundation projects.

On Sunday, Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, member of the Supreme Council and ruler of Sharjah, granted Dh1 million through the Sharjah Charitable Society to complete the projects of Uganda-based Hamda Taryam Matar Taryam.

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The Ruler also offered his condolences to Hamda’s father, Taryam Matar Taryam and the entire Taryam family.

Hamda was a well-known philanthropist in Uganda who initiated several charitable projects through her foundation, the Hamda Foundation for Charitable Investments. In March 2022, at the Emirates Custom Show exhibition, a new project for a vocational institute in the Maska region of Uganda, called Hamda Vocational and Social Institute, was announced.

The institute aims to provide free vocational training to orphan students and equip them with the necessary skills for the job market. All proceeds from the project go to humanitarian and charitable projects sponsored by the foundation.

This institute, a continuation of the ‘Taryam School’ project for orphans, is part of a group of humanitarian projects previously carried out by the foundation. The orphan project offers free education to 350 male and female students of all levels.

The foundation also completed a non-profit hospital project for the city, which cost more than Dh800,000. The hospital became operational on November 11, 2020 and has treated around 300,000 patients free of charge, in addition to having performed 5,000 deliveries.

In an interview with Khaleej Times Last year, Hamda spoke about the school he built in Uganda. She expressed her joy in seeing the children attend school, many of them orphans, and in realizing that she was the only family they had.

Tributes have poured in on all social networks for the young woman, who is remembered for her humanitarian work.


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