Abu Dhabi: Ma’an, the Authority of Social Contribution, organized a special event at Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi as part of their Journey of Generations initiative. The program aims to bring together senior citizens and youth volunteers, fostering intergenerational engagement and promoting communication between different age groups.
Launched in 2019, Journey of Generations aligns with the UAE leadership’s vision of caring for senior citizens and residents while emphasizing the importance of bridging the generation gap. The event saw the participation of Mr. Abdullah Al Mazmi, one of the senior citizens who had been involved in the initiative since its inception four years ago. Mr. Al Mazmi, a retired space and aviation engineer, expressed his joy at witnessing the enthusiasm and drive of the younger generation.
The initiative creates a positive learning environment for both seniors and youth, allowing them to meet new people, explore different locations, and engage in diverse activities. Mr. Omar Hassan, a volunteer, shared his experience and the meaningful connections he developed with the senior citizens and other volunteers. He described them as his extended family and highlighted the personal growth he experienced through improved communication skills and increased self-esteem. Mr. Hassan found fulfilment in improving someone’s life and bringing smiles to their faces through his volunteering efforts.
Dr. Mohamed Al Dhaheri, Acting Executive Director of the Community Engagement and Volunteering Sector, emphasized the innovative approach of Journey of Generations in promoting community engagement and volunteering. He expressed gratitude to existing volunteers and senior citizens while encouraging more community members to participate in the initiatives, aimed at fostering a happy, productive, and cohesive society.
Ma’an, through collaborations with government entities, the private sector, the Third Sector, and volunteer groups, remains committed to enhancing the well-being of communities across Abu Dhabi. Their efforts reflect a strong dedication to building a harmonious society through intergenerational connection and community involvement.