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Caring for children with special needs in the Gulf Community

GMA extended its support to The Rashid Centre for Disabled in the United Arab Emirates by presenting a donation of AED 75,000 to the centre in January this year. 

The aim of the centre is to provide quality education and therapy services to children with special needs. 

In addition, the centre promotes the awareness and understanding of disability issues in the Gulf community. 

The only one of its kind in the Emirates, the centre has a holistic approach to education and gives every child their own tailored programme. The goal is for every child is to maximise their independence so they can actively take part in home, school and community life.

Established in 1994, the centre now looks after 250 students from 40 different nationalities. GMA Middle East General Manager Giresh Ragoowanshi compared the social care, education and therapy services at the centre to the proverb, “Give a person a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a person to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” 

“Our support to the centre is part of GMA's Corporate Social Responsibility in giving back to the community. It is in line with one of GMA’s purpose of making a difference to the community and to help provide equal opportunities for people of all abilities,” Giresh said. 


  By Ajay Thanki, Dubai