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Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services Expands to New Headquarters Amid Rising Demand

Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services Expands to New Headquarters Amid Rising Demand

In response to increasing demand for its vital services, the Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS) is relocating to a new Dh500 million headquarters on Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Road. This move comes as SCHS seeks to expand its capacity to accommodate more families and individuals in need of support.

The new center, covering an area of 10 hectares, represents a significant milestone for SCHS, which operates multiple schools, centers, nurseries, and departments. Construction of the new headquarters began in November 2019 and has been carried out in phases, with completion expected in the coming weeks.

According to Mona Abdul Karim Al Yafei, director of SCHS, the decision to transition to a new headquarters was made nearly a decade ago in anticipation of the growing demand for the city’s services. Ms. Al Yafei emphasized the urgent need for expanded capacity, particularly in addressing long waiting lists for individuals with autism.

“The pressing issue of long waiting lists, particularly for individuals with autism, underscores the urgent need for expanded capacity,” said Ms. Al Yafei. “The move to our new headquarters is a direct response to the growing demand for our services and the increase in registration requests from new students eager to join our community.”

The relocation follows extensive consultations and evaluations aimed at understanding and planning for the future needs of the city. Ms. Al Yafei highlighted the importance of engaging with each department and center head to assess workload and anticipate growth over the next decade.

As part of the expansion, the new center will accommodate an increased number of classes at Al Wafa School for Capacity Development, addressing the demand for places and reducing waiting lists. Additionally, the Autism Centre, which had reached its maximum capacity of 100 places, will see improvements to meet the burgeoning requests for its services.

Despite efforts to accommodate all cases, SCHS acknowledges challenges in providing care to all individuals, especially with the recent rise in disabilities. Factors contributing to the increase in disability cases include wars, traffic accidents, and domestic accidents.

SCHS employs over 740 staff members, including 69 disabled employees who have graduated from its programs. The organization also provides financial support to families facing challenges in affording services, setting a cap on charges and offering assistance through donations and Zakat funds.

The move to the new headquarters marks a significant step forward for SCHS in its mission to provide essential services and support to families in need. With expanded capacity and improved facilities, the organization is better equipped to meet the growing demand and continue its invaluable humanitarian work in the community.

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