“Aafaq Islamic Finance“, the leading institution in the financial sector that provides financial products and services compliant on the provisions of Islamic Sharia, participated in activities of the “International Volunteer Day”, in cooperation with Dubai Municipality, which launched the community volunteering initiative “An hour with the cleaner”, aimed at cleaning Dubai’s beach and supporting efforts to preserve the environment and the Emirate’s brilliant civilized appearance, in which more than 20 volunteers from “Aafaq” employees joined the Dubai Municipality employees to collect and sort waste from the beach, with their full adherence to all precautionary measures to prevent the spread of “Covid-19”.
The participation of “Aafaq Islamic Finance” in the “An hour with the cleaner” initiative is a tribute to the cleaners, and an appreciation for their great role in keeping our streets and our city clean, by helping in this essential work; It comes in the context of Aafaq’s commitment to promoting volunteering and translating its orientations to expanding its scope among its employees and educating them environmentally and sending awareness messages about the importance of volunteering and the important role it plays in terms of contributing to social development. It also comes in line with Aafaq’s commitment to the “Emirates Volunteers” platform, which falls under the umbrella of the Ministry of Community Development, and is considered one of the most prominent volunteer work platforms in the UAE, launched by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the country – may God protect him – in the “Year of Giving”, in addition to the “Day for Dubai” initiative, one of the pioneering initiatives that enhances a sense of social responsibility, and works to popularize the culture of volunteering and spread the values ??of benevolence and giving in the community. The smart application “Day for Dubai” is the largest integrated volunteer initiative in Dubai that brings together those wishing to volunteer, It is in the interest of the city and society.
Volunteering is one of the most important societal activities that positively reflects on the volunteer and his surroundings, and volunteer work provides many benefits for mental and physical health, as scientific research has shown an increase in happiness by 7% for those who volunteer monthly, and by 12% for those who volunteer from two weeks to 4 weeks, compared to those who have never volunteered.