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RALEIGH, NC (20 August 2010) - UAE students attending US universities chose to spend their summer vacations in North Carolina with Habitat for Humanity, building affordable houses for those who lack adequate shelter.
The students, who are recipients of an Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) scholarship, traveled to North Carolina from various schools including the University of Arizona, Arizona State, Michigan State University and Penn State University.
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that seeks to eliminate poverty and homelessness by bringing together people of all backgrounds to help construct shelters for families in need. In addition to gaining international recognition for its initiatives, Habitat receives support from leading figures including former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Roselyn Carter.
The UAE students were enthusiastic about working with Habitat for Humanity to help those in need. In a recent statement, UAE Foreign Minister His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan highlighted that volunteering has always been one of the authentic Arab values that are deeply rooted in the UAE national psyche and that whole generations were raised to value.
On their last day, the students worked alongside a family who would be receiving a house. It was a perfect opportunity to witness the positive impact of their effort and time. In reflecting on the experience, inspired students said it was “a great end to a great freshman year”!