The Kanu Heart Foundation was created in 2000 by International Footballer and Nigerian, Kanu Nwankwo. Shortly after leading Nigeria to an Olympic Gold Medal, the former English Premier League striker was diagnosed with a serious heart condition and underwent open heart surgery in 1999. Since then Kanu has dedicated his life to helping African children who are in desperate need of vital cardiac surgery. This initiative is also close to our hearts because of Kanu’s position on our First Team, as brand ambassador for The First Group.
Food for Life Vrindavan is a humanitarian aid organisation officially recognised by the Indian government. It has been working tirelessly for over a decade to help the poorest of the poor living in the Vrindavan area, south of New Dehli. Food for Life’s services include providing education for more than 1500 children from kindergarten to intermediate school, through its Sandipani Muni Schools project. It also provides training courses for adult women and aims to empower the female population who are considered to have the lowest social status in India. In addition, Food for Life distributes around 66,000 meals and provides basic medical care to around 1000 people every month.
Since its creation in 2007, Dubai Cares has been working to improve young people’s access to education worldwide, and has touched the lives of more than 16 million children in 45 developing countries. This initiative is close to our hearts as a local Dubai based charity, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.
The Reaching U program was created to bring awareness of children with special needs to the community of the UAE. Furthermore, the program works towards creating a fun and positive environment promoting health and fitness to children with special needs.
Christel House helps children around the world break the cycle of poverty, realise their hopes and dreams, and become self-sufficient, contributing members of society. Christel House transforms lives by providing impoverished children with education, nutrition, health care, a nurturing environment, and by empowering their families and communities through outreach services.
The AF Foundation, set up by Andrew and Rachael Flintoff, is a children's charity raising funds to build, develop and improve Child Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Units throughout the United Kingdom.
The Ladani charity in Sri Lanka was founded in 1985 and has since become renowned throughout the island and beyond for its efforts in helping destitute, orphaned children. The very name “Ladani” originates from the first two letters of the Sinhala words Lama DAya NIwasa which means “home of love” and “care for children.” Ladani is now a government approved charity with homes in six Sri Lankan villages. The First Group is proud to support this wonderful organisation that does amazing work in improving the lives of Sri Lankan orphans.
The Hanne Howard Fund (HHF) is a hands-on, grassroots organisation that provides full care for 115 vulnerable children in Lenana, a slum community in Nairobi, Kenya. It was created in 2006 by Canadian Hanne Howard and her husband, Ted Horton, who spend up to six months every year in Nairobi to ensure the funds raised are managed and distributed properly. HHF provides education, daily meals, healthcare and shelter for some of Nairobi’s most needy children. The First Group proudly supports this wonderful organisation and in 2012 established The First Group University Scholarship in association with HHF. Now in its fifth year, this scholarship has given several HHF children the chance to attend top tier universities and colleges in Nairobi.
Established in March 2001, Gulf for Good operates under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al Maktoum. Gulf for Good has run over 48 challenges in 23 countries from Peru to Madagascar to Mongolia, involving over 1000 challengers from 56 countries, who have raised around 9.1 million dirhams. This has paid for over 40 projects around the world, including donating school equipment in Sharjah, Oman and Jordan; renovating schools, clinics and orphanages in Lebanon, Egypt and Thailand; building an orphanage and hospital in Nepal; building hospital wards in Haiti; providing ambulances in India and Africa; and many others.
FEDA helps alleviate the poverty of the people of the Chher Teal, Kompong Seima, Ksach Poy, and Chrab Krasaing villages in Wat Kor Commune in Battambang. Over 800 children voluntarily attend the FEDA School.
Foresight is a Dubai-based organisation helping to accelerate a cure for blindness caused by hereditary eye disease which affects millions of people worldwide, particularly Retinitis Pigmentosa. In partnership with Tamkeen, Foresight aims to improve the lives of people with visual impairment in our community and raise awareness of the difficulties they face in their everyday lives.
The Happy Hearts Happy Box programme aims to provide disadvantaged kids across the region with access to fun and creative education tools designed to aid learning and development. The First Group has funded the production and distribution of 1,600 Happy Hearts educational packs to children in Jordan. Partnering with the Jordanian chapter of Save the Children and under the sponsorship of The First Group, the Happy Box team recently travelled to Amman, Jordan, to distribute customised Happy Boxes to underprivileged children, which contained elementary school supplies and activities.