Dubai Based Charities, Non- Profits & Support Groups
There are many charities and support groups active in Dubai and across the UAE and here we have a round up of the locally based one you may need help from or want to assist and support...
We've grouped them in categories for you so it's easier to find what you are looking for either scrool down the page to see all or click on the category in the list here
The Pink Caravan aims to raise awareness around breast cancer early detection and screening methods, lobby for the creation of the first UAE National Cancer Registry, and raise sufficient funds to purchase and operate a state of the art mobile mammography unit.
The Pink Caravan ride takes place annually, focusing across all seven emirates of the UAE, including remote and outlying areas.
Over 150 experienced equine riders join forces each year, garnering support across different sectors, bringing together schools, universities, corporations, Pink Caravan ambassadors and royalty. The funds raised during this awareness campaign will ensure the availability of the latest technology and highest quality in the early screening and detection of breast cancer, making services accessible to every woman and man in the UAE.
Breast Cancer Arabia
Breast Cancer Arabia provides the three things that a woman will need if she is diagnosed with breast cancer; high quality information about breast cancer and its treatment, a place to go and get treatment and lastly a support system – the online community.
The primary mission of the Breast Cancer Arabia Foundation is to pay for breast cancer treatment for those women who cannot afford it. It will also look to provide online training courses for doctors and nurses, in the region, who wish to become more specialised in the treatment and care of breast cancer.
Friends Of Cancer Patients- FOCP
Over the last decade FOCP, an NGO registered charity, has continuously delivers moral, financial and clinical support to over 700 patients and families who have been touch by cancer, along with promoting awareness about early detectable cancers.
Friends of Cancer Patients Society (FOCP) is a charitable, volunteer-based foundation operating as a specialized entity under the umbrella of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah.
FOCP was established during 1999 in accordance with the directives and under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed AI-Qasimi, President of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, and wife of the Ruler of Sharjah & Federal Supreme Council Member His Royal Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al-Qasimi.
Emirates Cancer Foundation
The Emirates Cancer Foundation offers information in both English and Arabic regarding all types of cancer, treatments, hospitals in the UAE, important links and other information that may be useful to cancer patients or care givers.
The Emirates Cancer Foundation (ECF) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization (run or led). It was created by a group of dedicated volunteers and professionals with the aim of raising awareness about cancer to the people of the UAE, Middle East and all other Arabic-speaking regions and to educate and support them.
Safe & Sound in the UAE
Safe & Sound campaign is one of the largest, most comprehensive breast cancer awareness campaigns in the Middle East. Launched in 1997 by BurJuman, this year-round program focuses on the key message of survival through early detection and treatment.
Through numerous in-mall and external events along with outreach initiatives, Safe & Sound has encouraged families in the UAE to proactively take charge of their health, helping to increase understanding and empower women in the fight against breast cancer. Safe & Sound is also privileged to have the support of major blue chip corporate from varied industry sectors.
All 4 Downs
Our aim is to support families, create awareness among the general public and in schools, bring expertise from abroad with the aim of training professionals and parents to an international standard for special needs, thereby creating the same opportunities for our children in the UAE.
The majority of our members are parents of children/adults with Down Syndrome. Other members comprise of professionals from the Medical and Educational sectors, and volunteers. We currently have over 100 members from 25 different nationalities. For more information please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Al Noor Training Centre
Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs opened its doors to Dubai on November 21st, 1981, starting with only eight children. Currently, the Centre serves over 260 children in its purpose-built facility in Al Barsha.
The Centre serves children with special needs from different nationalities and can accommodate up to 300 children in the new facility. Volunteers are a valuable asset to the Centre, serving as ambassadors of the cause for special needs in general and Al Noor in particular.
Dubai Centre for Special Needs
We are a non-profit organisation, dedicated to providing special education, therapeutic services and vocational training. The Center is always working hard towards a brighter future for individuals with special needs. However, all of our work is meaningless without your help. The Center is a charitable non-profit organization that depends on caring, generous individuals and companies throughout the community for support of all kinds.
The Center generously accepts donations of funds; equipment and services; help with fund raising activities; volunteers at classrooms and many of our students need sponsorship. Reach out and help. Join us in our mission towards creating a better tomorrow... Alone we can do so little but together we can do so much! Your donation of good quality, gently-used clothing, toys and household items is needed. Drop off at our Centre, located on the SZR just before Safa Park.
Special Needs Future Development Centre (SNF)
The aim of the Center is to provide holistic support to young adults with special needs through personalized and professional care.
We strive to create a support network for families of children with special needs by offering psychological, emotional, social, educational and vocational guidance to their children, thereby ensuring that they achieve their full potential physically and mentally, and also easing their integration into the larger community.
The Center welcomes students aged 14 and above from a number of multi-national backgrounds. We have a wide range of special needs training programmes, including behaviour modification, speech therapy, special education, reading and writing, art and computer and recreational activities.
Dubai Autism Center
DAC is a local non-profit organization. We have a school for 43 children and young adults with Autism, parent support groups and community education programs.
We currently have 80+ children on our waiting list. 70% of the centers running costs are covered through fundraising.
Our Mission is to successfully integrate children with Autism into the community through our holistic approach to intervention and therapies, together with our focused efforts to create social awareness about Autism. Volunteers and support welcome!
START is a non-profit organisation running over 55 art workshops, supporting, educating and healing over 1,500 children every week across Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, India and the UAE. Our mission is to heal and educate children who have suffered with war, pain and loss.
START work's with orphans, refugees and special needs children to help them create a future as rich and free as their imaginations. Their workshops give the children a safe environment to learn, interact with their peers and our instructors, heal and develop a sense of self worth.
Include ME UAE
IncludeME UAE aims to become an important platform for UAE parents of children who learn differently and need additional support. IncludeME UAE aims to help local parents whose children face more challenges in their development and/or have learning and attention issues. We desire to empower parents to better understand their children’s issues and relate to their experiences by sharing valuable resources (web sites, articles, talks,videos), information about local centers, schools, workshops, support groups and direct interaction with other parents with similar experiences. With this knowledge, we believe parents can make effective choices that propel their children from simply coping to truly thriving.
Riding for the Disabled Association
RDAD's programme utilises the horse to achieve a variety of therapeutic goals, thereby allowing our students, with special needs, to further develop their physical, cognitive and emotional abilities. This means we can encourage our riders to achieve more than they ever thought possible, allowing us to focus on ABILITY and not disability.
RDAD is a not for profit organisation and relies totally on assistance from individuals and organisations to keep the programme running. You can support us by promoting awareness of our programme, or just by coming along and volunteering. RDAD volunteers assist during our riding sessions by either leading the horses or side walking to provide help and support to the students. We have both morning lessons at 9am & 10am as well as afternoon sessions at 4pm and 5pm on various days.
Volunteer in Dubai
Volunteer in Dubai was founded in mid 2008 with the purpose of bringing together any charity, organization or cause with residents that are eager to volunteer their time and give back to the community.
Volunteer in Dubai is here to connect the residents with the charities and non-profit organizations that need help the most. Volunteer in Dubai works with several charities to support a variety of different causes and events in the city.
Sign in online and you will get instant information about diverse ways in which you can volunteer, be it through donating a few hours of your time or through a specific skill you have to offer.
The Dubai Blood Donation Center (DBDC) of the Dubai Health Authority was found in 1986 as the major blood bank of the UAE. Blood is much need in the UAE and there are many blood centers around the country you can use if you wish to donate blood.
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Gulf for Good
We organise exciting adventure challenges around the world inspiring people to do something unusual.
Participants raise funds, which are then donated to handpicked charities in the region where the challenge is held. Gulf for Good's aim is to help people in the Gulf to challenge themselves whilst having fun to help others.
Money raised through each challenge is spent on worthwhile child-related projects in the area in which the challenge takes place. Our policy is not simply to hand out money, but rather to identify important and well thought-out projects that will use the funds wisely. Where necessary, we work closely with other charities to ensure that.
Tkiyet Um Ali
Today, at Tkiyet Um Ali, we sponsor 8200 families with their daily meals and provide them with dignified sustenance. With your help, we can persevere until we can reach all families living below the food poverty line so that by end 2014 with the help of Allah, we can reach and feed 20,000 families.
Our work does not end with feeding the underprivileged. Having identified and fed those families, we also seek to rehabilitate those who are able to become self-reliant through our sister organization; Dar Abu Abdullah.
Dubai Foundation For Women & Children
The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children (DFWAC) is the first licensed non-profit shelter in the UAE for women and children victims of domestic violence, child abuse, and human trafficking.
It was established in July 2007 to offer victims immediate protection and support services in accordance with international human rights obligations.
The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children aims to alleviate violence against women and children through protection, prevention and promotion.
Babies Behind Bars
Babies Behind Bars is a Volunteer in UAE's project, launched May 2013 and set up in a bid to support the hundreds of children that are unable to enjoy a normal childhood due to being raised either in a correctional environment, or the confines of a "safe" house or refuge centre.
As you might imagine, women who have escaped unbearable situations, such as being trafficked or abused, usually run the moment they get the chance. They do not have time to plan never mind pack a suitcase. Pretty much the same predicament applies for women who find themselves on the wrong side of the law, and are sentenced to a jail term before being pardoned or repatriated to their home country. Some are knowingly or unknowingly pregnant at the time of entering the prison, and some of them already have children.
Babies Behind Bras provides assistance in the form of clothing, necessary items and repatriation costs- see how you could help today!
Out Of The Blues- PNI Support Group
Post natal illness (PNI), also known as post natal depression is extremely common and can affect 1 in 10 mothers but is widely misunderstood and often goes untreated.
“Out of the Blues” is a non-profit support group with a private, closed online forum and support network run by the five Blue Angels, for mums suffering from the baby blues or PNI here in Dubai. The Blue Angels are expat mums who have experienced PNI and together we are determined to help the other mums in Dubai in their "hour of need". No one need suffer alone. We are here to offer non-judgmental support.
It's never easy when faced with separation and potential divorce. It's even harder when you’re away from family, friends and people you might really trust, with a legal system so different to what you may know back home.
That's why we started our group. It meets once a month and is full of like minded people who have been or are going through the same issues. We don't judge, just support and share, with the odd laugh here or there too.
Al Ihsan Charity
Al Ihsan Charity, based in Ajman, caters to a special layer of society of women who have lost their spouses due to divorce, abandonment, imprisonment, etc.
These women, from many countries ( India, Bangladesh, Sudan, Pakistan, Jordan, etc.) are left to raise their children and hope that they can also send them to school.
Ihsan Charity Association is providing financial support to the families through the sponsorship program that will help them to face the living expenses.
The Emirates Arthritis Foundation (EAF)
The Emirates Arthritis Foundation (EAF), the Middle East’s only patient support group, based in Dubai was launched in April 2006. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for arthritis sufferers through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis.
We achieve this by organizing patient education sessions throughout the Emirates, establish community programs such as aqua-aerobics and yoga, and importantly we have an endowment fund for less privileged patients so that they are able to receive the premium health care services that they deserve.
Gluten Free UAE
Gluten Free UAE aim to offer support to the newly diagnosed and those just arriving in the U.A.E. Those first few days of living gluten free can be very daunting without support. We aim to educate and inform. We aim to get involved with restaurants and shops and offer talks and training to buisnesses who want help in becoming more "gluten friendly". They are a support group, an information source, a shoulder to lean on and a restaurant directory. Thats right, thousands of people, in the UAE, just like you.
We are always in need of help, so please get in touch if you want to get involved or if you are a company able to offer sponsorship. Please remember that we are entirely non profit and run from a desk in a living room for no pay what so ever!
The British Community Assistance Fund (BCAF)
he British Community Assistance Fund (BCAF) is a non profit Organization run by volunteers from the resident British Community, which endeavours to provide help to British subjects who find themselves in distress in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, through no fault of their own.
Where possible, help can be provided in the form of legal, financial, medical assistance, repatriation, as well as counseling if required, for those with marital difficulties and for the bereaved. As BCAF relies solely on donations and funds raised through hosting events we are always seeking new volunteers; if you or your friends can offer your services in your free time we would be delighted if you would contact us: 24 hour Helpline Telephone: (04) 337-1413
Sharjah Charity International (SCI)
Sharjah Charity International (SCI) assists needy people inside and outside the UAE and has several location in East Africa, Asia and Middle East.
Society Objectives:Sponsorship of orphans, widows & poor people through financial, moral & cultural support. Providing urgent aid & relief in emergencies such as earthquakes, cyclone, floods & wars inside & outside UAE.
Collection of fasting persons food Zakat & sacrifices (immolation) prices. Construction of Schools, centers, mosques, clinic & drilling of wells.. etc in additionn to establishment of investment endowments (Wagaf) projects. Receive Zakat & donation funds & distribute them to the relevant people who deserve.
Valley Of Love
Snehatazvara or Valley of Love (VOL) operates from a small room in Al Ghusais. Established with the aim of lending a helping hand to those in need irrespective of caste, creed, colour or sex, its members are everywhere and can be reached anytime.
C.P. Mathew, a full-time member, gave up his family business to look into the increasing number of cases being brought to their attention. Soon the members started making weekly visits to the hospitalised, providing shelter to destitutes, rescuing women forced into prostitution, visiting prison inmates every week, tracking down family members of unclaimed bodies or raising funds.
Mawaheb from Beautiful People
Mawaheb from Beautiful People is an art studio for adults from16 years with special needs.The studio suitably located in the culturally rich Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood (formally known as the Bastakiya) is a space where student artists can learn artistic skills and develop their self confidence in a relaxed safe environment.
Our welcoming atmosphere also ensures that we treat our students as individuals with freedom of thought and action. We invite visitors to visit Mawaheb and view our art gallery or sit and have a coffee with our student artists.The studio is open Sunday-Thursday 9am to 3pm.
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, to raise money to help educate 1 million children in poor countries.
The campaign is Dubai's contribution to the U.N. Millennium Development Goals for providing Children's Primary Education to every child by 2015 and expresses the emirate's will to play an effective role in securing a better tomorrow for future generations.
Our Vision: A world in which all children can go to school.
The Angel Appeal
Flying Angel is a mobile floating seafarers centre which enables seafarers at sea to communicate with their families and friends.
It has internet facilities, telephones, a library, a shop selling small essential items and a welfare officer/chaplain who can help when more help is needed.It operates off the East Coast of the UAE serving the crews of ships.
Food Banking Regional Network
The mission of the Food Banking Regional Network is to make the region free from hunger by 2020.Eliminating regional hunger through founding, developing and supporting food banks in the region in cooperation with broad spectrum of partners, sponsors and members.
FBRN works on regional and international levels to unite and coordinate food and nutrition relief efforts, activating them within a general framework of joint action.
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