Maria Cristina Foundation spends the minimal amount on administration. The amount is less than 3% of all donations. 

We would like to extend our most heartfelt thank you to HH Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan for his unwavering support and endorsement. Not only did he provide visas for Maria and the 5 students studying in Dubai, but went even further and placed the Maria Cristina Foundation under Nama Development Enterprises CSR programme. 

We have three staff members along with Maria. Maria is sponsored by Nama Development Enterprises under the company’s CSR programme and receives a monthly salary from the company. The salary of our Dhaka co-ordinator is paid by Maria from her own salary and the salary of our other staff member is paid by Matthew Hollis, a long-term supporter, philanthropist and friend of the Foundation. 

We do not collect funds on behalf of the children, we are merely the facilitator and administrator for the programs. We always insist that donations directly benefit our recipients. Find out more about how to donate.

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.

HH Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture, Youth, and Social Development

Friends and supporters

Much of our funding comes from long-term supporters, who give regularly or respond to our appeals. We also receive many one-off donations, which all go towards our work in Dhaka. No amount is too small – money goes a lot further in Bangladesh.

Corporate Supporters

A donation from your company can make a big difference to people affected by poverty in the slums of Dhaka. Just as importantly, partnering with us can help you reach some of your business objectives. Whether its supporting your CSR and sustainability goals, engaging your employees, or making a meaningful investment – we can work together to achieve success. One of our greatest strengths is flexibility, which will allow us to tailor partnerships. 

Event Partnerships

By sponsoring one of our events or campaigns, you can enhance your brand profile while helping us to raise vital funds for the community in Dhaka. You can also organise your own fundraising event or include us as the charity of an event. 

Trusts and Foundations

Whether your trust or foundation can offer a significant multi-year grant, allowing us to plan ahead to create transformation change, or a one-off donation to support a specific project – you can make a positive impact on the lives of thousands of people.


There are lots of fun ways you can raise money for our critical work, such as sports challenges, private dinners, cake sales etc. However you choose to do it, we’ll be with you every step of the way.

Please contact us to find out more about how you can join us to break the cycle of poverty in the slums of Dhaka.

Our Sponsors