Ramadan is the month of giving and a time to show compassion and extend a helping hand to the needy. This is why, the launch of the UAE Initiative for Connection with Orphans and Minors could not have come at a more meaningful time.
As The National has reported, the initiative announced by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid will give young Emiratis the chance to play a significant mentoring role in the lives of children deprived of parental care. Encouraging young people to establish fraternal ties with orphans, provide guidance and advice to them, or set up groups that coalesce around shared interests will deepen social bonds here, just as happened as the result of similar programmes around the world. The initiative underscores the fact that if these unfortunate children are to integrate and become useful members of society, they need to receive the same attention as children lucky enough to have parents to care for them. At this time of year, initiatives like this one take on even more profound meaning.