Enriching Young Lives Around the World

Our groundbreaking Enriching Young Lives initiative has helped thousands of young people in underprivileged communities gain access to life-changing opportunities.

By partnering with respected charities in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, we ensure funding and related support reach children who are most in need.

While the nature of their work may differ, each of our charitable partners are united in a single cause – to enrich the lives of underprivileged young people through sustainable health and education initiatives.

By working together to improve the wellbeing and prospects of today’s children in need we can offer them a better tomorrow.

“Enriching Young Lives reflects our goal as an organisation to give back to the communities in which we operate. We take great pride in the fantastic progress being made by charity organisations we support who are helping underprivileged young people enjoy better lives.” - Rob Burns, CEO of The First Group

OUR CHARITY PARTNERS

The First Group supports a number of registered charities around the world – all of which seek to improve the lives of underprivileged young people through high-profile health and education initiatives.

We are fully committed to humanitarian causes that offer deprived youngsters the chance of long-term security and stability.

Rashid Centre for The Determined Ones, Dubai

The Rashid Centre provides integrated education and support to young people with special needs in the UAE. The facility merges therapy and education that is tailored to individual needs and requirements, to teach children life skills while also gaining academic qualifications.

Foresight

This Dubai-based organisation supports efforts to find a cure for blindness caused by hereditary eye diseases such as Retinitis Pigmentosa and works to improve the lives of people with visual impairment.

Dubai Cares

Dubai Cares is a philanthropic organisation that works to provide children in developing countries access to quality primary education, regardless of their gender or social status. The First Group has supported the charity since it was established in 2007.

Food for Life Vrindavan (FFLV)

We are a long-term supporter and partner of Food for Life Vrindavan Society (FLVS), the humanitarian aid organisation that supports the poorest communities in the Vrindavan area to the south of New Delhi.

FLVS educates hundreds of children through its Sandipani Muni Schools project and also distributes around 66,000 meals and provides basic medical care to around 1,000 people every month. Our charitable donations help pay for vital food and educational supplies for impoverished children enrolled at the school and elsewhere in the region.

Landani

Landani runs six homes across Sri Lanka that provide shelter, clothing and food to more than 250 children who are orphaned and destitute. Landani also helps provide education services to young people.

FEDA

FEDA supports impoverished communities in the Chheu Teal, Kompong Seima, Ksach Poy and Chrab Krasaing villages in the Wat Kor Commune in Battambang, Cambodia. More than 800 children attend the FEDA-funded school.

Happy Box

The Happy Box has been spreading happiness since its inception in 2014, by producing customised boxes packed full of educational activities and supplies that not only foster learning, but encourage parents to spend quality time with their children. Over the years, we have funded the distribution of thousands of education packs and school supplies to children in the UAE, Jordan and Egypt.

Reaching You

This UAE-based programme was created to generate community awareness, integration and acceptance of children with special needs. The First Group provides ongoing support to this valuable project.

Gulf for Good

Established in March 2001, Gulf for Good raises money to support the educational and health needs of underprivileged children in Sharjah, Oman, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Thailand, Nepal and Haiti.

The Kanu Heart Foundation

Retired Nigerian striker Nwankwo Kanu (‘Kanu’) established this charity in 1999 after he underwent lifesaving heart surgery. The Kanu Heart Foundation supports underprivileged children and young adults in Nigeria and other African countries who suffer from life-threatening heart conditions, helping to provide them with the required treatment.

King’s Village, Ghana

The King's Village serves underprivileged communities in Northern Ghana. With the support of organisations including The First Group, the charity adopts an integrated approach to development in deprived communities, providing healthcare, education, water and sanitation, economic and social services designed to alleviate poverty.

Hanne Howard Fund

The Hanne Howard Fund (HHF) provides full care for 130 vulnerable children in Lenana, a slum community in Nairobi, Kenya. HHF provides education, daily meals, healthcare and shelter for some of the country’s most needy children. In 2012, we established The First Group University Scholarship in association with HHF, which gives the charity’s children the chance to attend top-tier universities and colleges in Nairobi.

SOS Children’s Village, Nigeria

Through child sponsorship and donations, the world’s largest orphan and abandoned children’s charity has provided new housing for more than 78,000 children in 490 villages across 124 countries, including Nigeria where an estimated 12 million children are orphaned. The First Group sponsors 50 children as part of its charitable support and also throws a fun-packed Christmas party for kids and staff at the Village each year .

Christel House International

Christel House International aims to break the poverty cycle in developing countries, transforming the lives of impoverished children by providing them with education, nutrition and healthcare.

Andrew Flintoff Foundation

Established by English cricketer Andrew Flintoff and his wife Rachael, this children's charity raises funds to build, develop and improve child rehabilitation and physiotherapy units across the United Kingdom.

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