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A $500,00 gift from the embassy of the United Arab Emirates to spend on laptops is the latest donation aimed at helping tornado-damaged Joplin, Mo., schools prepare to open next week.
School district officials said on Wednesday the $500,000 will help meet a goal of providing all 2,200 Joplin High School students with a personal laptop.
The UAE embassy will donate up to another $500,000 to match any other contributions for laptops, district officials said.
Laptops will enable students to acces
Originally posted by ExPostFacto
reply to post by Signals
I do not have a problem with this; however, why the heck are they buying laptops and not helping out the people most effected by the tornadoes?
Originally posted by TaxpayersUnleashed
No, UAE we wont use this money to turn the school into a mosque.
Originally posted by Cowgirlstraitup7
I saw this on my local news today, since I live in the area. What is going on down there is amazing. FEMA is actually doing a great job, believe it or not (some of you know I have the inside scoop on that one), the donation money being raised is actually going to those in need, and now this from the UAE. It makes me happy, now I wish they would also pay attention to some of the other crises going on this country, such as the massive flooding in the midwest. I guess they can't help everyone and that's okay, it's their money.
Originally posted by Signals
reply to post by Wildmanimal
Like you I am puzzled...
MSM programmed hate for Muslims breaking down?
Weak attempt by our Administration (behind the scenes) to garner support for the UAE?
Genuine offer of help?
Doesn't this seem unprecedented for a middle eastern country to offer financial aid to an American city?
The UAE has translated development and humanitarian aid into a foreign policy instrument. The philosophy behind this is two-fold: first, it is dictated by an Islamic belief that helping those in need is a primary duty; and second, that part of the country’s wealth from oil and gas should be devoted to assisting less fortunate countries and individuals. Overall, the UAE’s foreign aid during the last four decades is estimated to exceed Dh163 billion (US$38 billion).
A World Bank report in September 2010 recognised the UAE as one of the world’s most generous contributors to foreign aid. Tracking overseas aid between 1973 and 2008, the Arab Development Assistance – Four Decades of Cooperation identified the UAE as part of a three-country bloc that accounted for 90 per cent of the total contribution of Dh993 billion.
According to a December 2010 report by Global Humanitarian Assistance, a group that monitors the distribution of charitable aid from governments, the UAE is the first non-western nation to be included in the global Top 10 humanitarian aid donors per head of population.