Dubai, May 15 (BNA):: His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, honoured five of the finalists of the Arab Hope Makers initiative, awarding each of them AED 5 million.
His Highness also crowned Mahmoud Wahid, from Egypt, as the Winner of 2018 edition of Arab Hope Makers Initiative, after he won major audience vote for his initiative dedicated to giving refuge to homeless seniors in the streets of Cairo.
At the end of the largest humanitarian gathering in the Arab world, Shaikh Mohammed announced the establishment of the AED 50 million Hope Makers Academy to support building hope in the Arab world, provide humanitarian incubators for their projects, transfer international scientific expertise in the humanitarian field for their projects and provide executive and leadership training courses.
The awards took place at the finale of the Arab Hope Makers initiative, held in Dubai to celebrate 15 finalists from some 87,000 applicants to Arab Hope Makers.
"We are investing in the business of hope because it is the most profitable endeavor for the future of our Arab world," Shaikh Mohammed said.
"The Hope Makers Academy will be an inspirational human incubator. We will work to establish a culture of hope, institutionalize the act of hope and introduce global standards in our human institutions that create hope for peoples. The Hope Makers Academy will provide inspirational leadership in humanitarian work. Hope is the only industry in the world where nobody can lose."
The creation of the Hope Makers Academy is an incubator to prepare and create new generations of hope makers seeking positive change in their societies by transforming their personal initiatives into sustainable humanitarian and community projects that contribute to the consolidation of the values of generosity and engagement and involve community groups in humanitarian action.
The academy aims to institutionalize the business of hope and transform it into a strategic framework, empowering those working in this field and providing them with the tools, mechanisms and innovative approaches to humanitarian and charitable work.
The academy will provide educational programmes, training courses and training workshops in various humanitarian, charitable and developmental fields by academics and experts, as well as experts from specialized institutions with expertise in global humanitarian action as well as leading figures in the regional and international hope industry.
The academy's members will be provided with advanced educational content in the fields of humanitarian and community work, tools and means to develop it, expand its horizons, maximize the size of the targeted sector and beneficiaries, as well as the mechanisms for drawing up sustainable plans and strategies.