On Sunday, December 16, 2018, Al Amal Camp 29, which Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS) organizes every year under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, began after flag-raising ceremony. Delegations from GCC countries, Turkey, and Kingdom of Bhutan are participating in this event. This year’s theme is “Let’s Talk about Disability”.
In the early morning, the Director General of SCHS Mrs. Mona Abdel Karim announced the beginning of the amazing journey of fun and happiness for persons with disabilities. Al Amal Trail made its first stop at Mythical Islands. Participants went through amazing adventures. Then, they watched the magnificent skyline of Sharjah from “Eye of the Emirates” wheel. Finally, they saw the main monuments and attractions of Sharjah from a special tourist bus.
The young girl Sajida Abdul Karim from the Kingdom of Bahrain was very happy to take part in the camp. It is her first time to fly in a plane and travel outside the country. She is making new friends from various countries, which made her so happy.
Sajida has confirmed that since the first moments of her arrival to UAE, she felt at home due to the warm reception of Al Amal Camp volunteers. She has confirmed that the interaction between delegation members of children with disabilities is very good and the atmosphere is brotherly and sincere.
She expressed her desire to learn so much from Al Amal Camp and enjoy the trips, which volunteers planed with love. She is going to ask everyone to talk about disability in a way that preserves the respect and dignity of persons with disabilities and their significant role in society.
Mr. Abdullah Khamis, Camp Security Chief and volunteer since camp’s second year, has deep love and feelings for children with disabilities, which made him volunteer in the Camp for 28 years. Nothing makes him happier than seeing those children have fun in United Arab Emirates, which they are going to tour for an entire week.
Camp Security Chief has praised all volunteers, who are doing their best to make children with disabilities happy by committing to Camp’s principles and values such as providing help to participants when they need it as well as looking after their safety and wellbeing.
Mr. Abdullah Khamis has confirmed that volunteerism is the main base that contributes to society’s advancement due to its direct relation to practicing social responsibility. The volunteers of Al Amal are aware of that. They also realize the importance of this value for children with disabilities, themselves, and the entire community. This makes them more excited over years.
Volunteer Mohamed Saber Ali Abu Talib from Egypt, who is a person with visual impairment and has previously, participated in Al Manal Forum of Disability and Social Media said, “I have always dreamt of volunteering in Al Amal Camp. I have been following its news for years. Today, I am one of its volunteers thanks to God”.
Abu Talib was so happy with this experience, which is going to allow him to make new friends and discover the noble values of volunteerism in serving persons with disabilities as being himself a person with a disability.
Notably, the activities of day one of Al Amal Camp 29 is going to continue when participants come back from their journey in order to take part in the wonderful Heritage Day activity and night party.