EGA employees raise funds for people with special needs in UAE

Ramadan initiative part of company’s continuous efforts to support social development in the community

A campaign undertaken during Ramadan by Emirates Global Aluminium PJSC (“EGA”) – the aluminium conglomerate formed recently by Mubadala Development Company and Investment Corporation of Dubai through combining their aluminium industry assets – raised thousands of dirhams to support special needs individuals in Dubai. The beneficiary of the initiative – SENSES, a residential care home in Umm Suqeim – received a much welcomed upgrade of its facilities as a result.

EGA employees based at DUBAL’s Jebel Ali site donated a total of AED 26,740 during the Holy Month. EGA also approached a local supplier to take part in the initiative, to which SISCO responded generously by providing maintenance services for all the living rooms, bedrooms and toilets. Together with partners, EGA replaced broken closets, cupboards and shoe-racks; and hung new curtains throughout the facility.

Khalid Essa Buhumaid (Senior Vice President: Communication & Government Relations at EGA) said the company has a long-standing corporate culture of caring for the people of the UAE and supporting the social development of the nation. “We believe the success of our company, and that of the nation, is based on meaningful engagement. Our partnership with SENSES helps to support those less fortunate among us who require unique and special care and EGA is privileged and delighted to have been able work with the team at SENSES. I want to thank our employees for their generosity and our partner from SISCO for their support, which together made this initiative a great success.”

SENSES is the first residential care facility for special needs individuals in the UAE. It offers full-time, 24-hour unique nursing care for young disabled people and orphans aged between 2 and 20 years-old. 136 young people (42 of whom reside at the centre) receive dedicated care as either residents or through the facility’s day centre. Dr Lina Owais, Executive Manager, Specialist of Special Education at SENSES added: “I would like to thank EGA for the support they have provided. It makes an invaluable difference and is greatly appreciated by all our residents and staff.”