Arab Hope Makers initiative attracts over 15,000 applications in first week

DUBAI, 31st March, 2019 (WAM) — Within a week of its launch, the third round of Arab Hope Makers initiative, the largest of its kind to celebrate philanthropic efforts in the region, attracted over 15,000 inspiring stories of hope across the Arab world.

The initiative received applications from Arab individuals, teams and entities with humanitarian initiatives and volunteering programmes that improve lives across the world in various fields.

Egypt has topped the list of candidates with 16.2 percent of the total number of applications, followed by UAE with 16 percent, Algeria with 9.5 percent, Morocco with 9 percent and Iraq with 6 percent.

The initiative’s website also recorded a whopping 75,600 views from interested candidates and visitors looking to gain an insight on the Arab Hope Makers initiative that falls under the umbrella of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, MBRGI.

Khaled Al Shehhi, Director of the Arab Hope Makers initiative, said, “For the third consecutive year, Arab Hope Makers confirm that the region is filled with inspiring stories that can motivate others to develop positive thinking and contribute to fighting challenges in their societies.”

Al Shehhi noted that the overwhelming response reflects the enthusiasm that the initiative has created since its launch. “The popularity it received in the Arab world achieves the initiative’s mission to honour men and women who strive to spread hope, face societal challenges and improve the quality of life in their communities through their humanitarian and social initiatives that aim to create a better future.”

He pointed out the increased participation of youth, especially university students, in this year’s initiative. To ensure careful follow-up on the huge number of stories submitted, Al Shehhi said, “a specialised team has been formed to identify, evaluate and follow-up applications and nominations received on the main website and social media. The team also follows all related messages received from all over the world.”

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