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July 26, 2018

Deutsche Bank Middle East Foundation – Our Year So Far

For many young people in the Middle East, barriers such as conflict, poverty, inequality and discrimination stand in the way of what they hope to achieve in life. Deutsche Bank’s Middle East Foundation focuses on funding investments in education, early-stage enterprise, community development, humanitarian assistance, sustainability and volunteering in the Middle East and North Africa region. It has supported and collaborated with many international and local NGOs to improve the lives of the underprivileged, respond to major humanitarian disasters and build social capital by creating opportunities, fostering talent and ensuring long-term viability in the region. So far in 2018, here’s what the Foundation has been up to:

Positive Planet
In 2016 and 2017, the DB Middle East Foundation supported a project run by the international NGO Positive Planet, which helped to provide refugees and host community members in Lebanon with vocational training to enable them to generate income as well as to provide them with the necessary tool kits to start an income generating activity. On January 25th earlier this year, a graduation ceremony was held in Beirut to commemorate all participants of the programme, including the 31 beneficiaries that were sponsored by DB – Now they are able to utilize the skills they’ve learned to seek work or even kick off their own start ups!

As part of the Born to Be youth engagement programme, the Deutsche Bank Middle East Foundation has continued its support to the Therapeutic Horse Riding Programme for Children with Disabilities at the Rashid Pediatric Therapy Center in the United Arab Emirates, which has been up and running since 2014. Therapeutic Horse Riding, commonly known as ‘Hippotherapy’ is the use of horses and equine-assisted activities in order to achieve goals that enhance physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral and educational skills for people with disabilities. By covering operational costs, this partnership has enabled the Rashid Centre to maintain their access to the needed facilities, horses and professional instructors to sustain the programme, providing students access to a unique form of learning and encouraging them to push their personal boundaries.

The experience of performing in public gives young men and women the confidence and courage to pursue their dreams. For five consecutive years, the Middle East Foundation has supported ChoirFest - a festival and musical competition involving choirs from across the region, which also falls under DB’s Born to Be programme. In March 2018, 61 choirs from Jordan, Lebanon, Iran and the UAE took part in the competitions, performing in front of an audience of over 1,600 people at the Dubai Opera.

Sports is an integral and useful part of children’s lives and development, even more so in underprivileged locations, and is an area Deutsche Bank strongly engages in, which is why the Middle East Foundation has partnered with PACES this year to support healthy and structured after school sports programmes in Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine. The project aims to provide 161 children (aged 7-16) with access to safe playgrounds and enhance their well-being and social skills. The project will also be supporting 7 trainers on how to better serve their communities through the use of sports.

Teach the Teacher
For many years, Deutsche Bank has been sponsoring a ‘Teach the Teacher’ Programme implemented by the American University in Cairo’s School for Continuing Education. The main aim of this programme is to enable school teachers to enrich their students’ learning experience and promote their well-being. In the 2017-2018 academic year, the programme was implemented in the city of Asyut, with a successful completion rate of 23 public primary school teachers who represent six governorates in Upper Egypt, namely Asyut, Sohag, Beni Suef, El-Menia, New Valley, and Aswan. These superstar teachers graduated from the programme in June 2018.

Ramadan Campaign
Under the Plus You umbrella, every year Deutsche Bank staff in the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Pakistan distribute Iftar Meals and Care Packages of food or hygiene items to people in need in labour camps, hospitals and homeless shelters. This year in May, our amazing staff across the region were able to successfully reach over 3,500 people.

New recruits - Watch this space!
The Middle East Foundation will also be supporting various other interesting projects, most of which will be kicking off this month. We’re partnering with the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) in Palestine, the American University in Cairo, the Disabled Children’s Association in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Jinnah Hospital, Sightsavers and Special Children’s Educational Institute in Pakistan, and finally with Volunteer Vision for an exciting (and regional!) Refugee Mentorship Programme. Watch this space to find out more soon!


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