The Global Youth Forum (GYF) 2015 took place this year in Dubai, organized by the CSR Division of Al Ahli Holding Group (AAHG) in partnership with Dubai SME and sponsored by Sony Mobile, Zabeel Ladies Club, Emirates Islamic Bank, Microsoft, DP World and Grand Midwest Hotels. Aiming at boosting the social entrepreneurship spirit, knowledge and practice among youth, the GYF included two competitions; one on UAElocal level and another on a global level.
As for the international competition, the Jordanian social project “Hemitna” won the $10,000 award. The project team members who areNour Al Lozi, Rose Al Lozi and Samuel OtigabafromSalford University, showed high level of passion and determination to give the unprivileged children a better chance to a better future. It worth to mention that Hemitna team members have been trained for three months in UK and UAEthrough Al Ahli CSR youth development programs; accordingly have been eligible to compete in the GYF’s international competition with six teams from different countries like UAE, Jordan, Lebanon, UK and Argentina.
Mr. Mohamad Khammas, the CEO of Al Ahli Holding Group has hosted the winners in the group’s head office in Dubai and awarded them the $10,000 cash prize. “We are proud to support such talented and socially responsible youth and entrepreneurs, Hemitna project has a brilliant social idea that deserves the support and encouragement indeed”, Mr. Khammas said.
Hemitna team members have expressed their gladness of winning the award, which will give them the opportunity to launch their social enterprise, targeting children in age (9-14) years in the poverty pockets of southern region of Jordan, by giving them creative educational opportunities to develop their technical skills in sports mainly football, art and music. It is worth mentioning that Salford University along with Al Ahli Holding Group will support the project by providing qualified instructors and trainers to educate and train the children in specialized areas such as art, technology, music, sports, and design.