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What is MCF?

The Maria Cristina Foundation (MCF) was initiated by Maria Conceicao, who has been working tirelessly since 2005, for the education and emancipation of the underprivileged children of Dhaka.

Through her school project in the slums of Dhaka, which was inaugurated in July 2005, over 650 children and the staff members have been vaccinated against contagious diseases. A full fledged dental center with a permanent dentist was established in 2005-2006 to look after the children enrolled with the project. This was followed by the establishment of a first aid centre, equipped with a round the clock paramedic and nurse to help care for the children's daily health.
Other off-shoots of The Dhaka Project (TDP), as it came to be known, included a beauty center, which was created to train the children's mothers to be beauticians - a sewing and embroidery center to train mothers to set up their own businesses or gain skills. A daycare center for babies - a pre-school and a primary school - a carpentry and welding center to train fathers in different skill based vocations, as well as an internet café, a library and three water wells enabling clean drinking water across to the entire community. Further, around 101 homes have been renovated and fully furnished, a road to the school has been built, and alongside this, garbage systems have been set up in which 100 containers have been placed throughout the area with full time employed cleaners.

Key Sponsors


TEDxDubai 2011 Maria Conceicao

An Inspiring Programme

"By bringing children and adults from the slums of Bangladesh to the United Arab Emirates through the sponsorship of visas, I am delighted to be able to help the Maria Cristina Foundation improve the lives of so many."

H.H. Sheikh Nahayan Mubarak Al Nahayan
Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research
United Arab Emirates