Updated Sep 19, 2018

Sarah Bawazir

Spreading hope, one beacon at a time.

Stage 4: Transition to Scale

The "Beacon of Hope UAE", BOH, initiative was founded by Her Highness Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan in 2016 with three main focus areas, i.e. to bring hope through light, reading and better health. BOH have reached more than 6800 children in 11 countries around the world. BOH is aiming to establish ways to measure, increase and sustain its positive global impact.
Registered in United Arab Emiratesin United Arab Emirates

Focus Areas:

Education, Solar and Energy

Education, Solar and EnergySEE LESS

Implemented In:

Djibouti, Yemen, Jordan and 6 MoreSEE ALL

Djibouti, Yemen, Jordan, Liberia, Tanzania, Iraq, Somalia, Morocco and United StatesSEE LESS

Countries Implemented In


We are concerned about children growing up in war-torn & improvised areas. Through our initiative we try to positively impact their intellectual growth, build their self-esteem & open up their eyes to possibilities & help them make their own sustainable future utilizing renewable energy to build up their communities & give them access to technological medical solutions to bridge the gap between the need for advanced diagnostic medical assistance & the lack of access to highly trained doctors.



One of the main assets of Beacon of hope UAE is the “beacon-in-a-box” educational solar light kit. The kit consists of components that make-up an LED light circuit that can be re-charged using solar energy. We have now reached more than 6800 children around the world. We have raised funds to reach more than double this number in our future missions. Apart from aiming to reach more disadvantaged children we also aim to reach more advantaged children to give them awareness and include them as child philanthropists. The other focus of Beacon of Hope UAE is to emphasized literacy and promote healing through reading by partnering with our sister organization “wanna read?” and another Emirati organization “dubai cares” The final focus of Beacon of Hope UAE is to provide access to state-of-the-art mobile applications developed at the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovations that helps trained and untrained staff in remote areas to get accurate diagnostic information on genetic and heart disorders. We always strive to make fruitful partnerships to improve lives of children around the world.

Competitive Advantage

We plan to expand to more countries in Africa and more regions within the Arabian peninsula. We might also reach to the neighboring regions of Asia. As mentioned earlier, we managed to gather more funds to reach double the number of children we reached so far. Even though our team is made up of 12 essential members, we have over 200 volunteers that help us in preparing the kits for children around the world. We would love to have more volunteers as we expand our reach. One of our near future goals is to reach more advantaged children as part of an awareness and fund raising campaign through making the “beacon-in-a-box” kit as part of a class activity in the schools around the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and other Emirates of the UAE, increasing not only their sense of philanthropy but also teaching them about renewable energy and how it could help disadvantaged communities.

Planned Goals and Milestones

We are proud of the impact that our solution made in short time through our various collaborations. Our initiative targets 3 main focus areas that are essential to the healthy development & growth of children. Our “beacon-in-a-box” solar light kit is unique because it is quirky & interesting & unlike anything that child has seen in the environment they grew up in, it is stimulating because they get to see what is usually under the hood, they make it with their own hands & they can teach others how to make it. We could hand out ready-made solar lamps but at the end of the day, what did the child learn? Did they feel helpless receiving a gift from international strangers? Or did they feel accomplished to make their own light with the help of those strangers who at the end of the day become their favorite new friends in the process of learning about renewable energy & building a personal solar powered light? Our initiative is also unique because it is collaborating with research institutions, like the aforementioned pediatric surgical institute in Washington DC which provided us with the apps that identify genetic disorders & heart murmurs respectively, & the biorobotics lab in Italy as well as research labs in the UAE to bring other creative innovations literally straight from “the oven” to where it is desperately needed. With no profit other than the positive global impact, the smiles we get & the hope we spread wherever we take these innovations.


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