The Maria Cristina Foundation has been in operation since 2005 and has provided education to over 600 children. It has always been a struggle to fund the foundation, Maria says “In the early days there seemed to be an abundance of money in Dubai, but when the recession came donations and funding disappeared almost overnight”. Maria then had to take desperate measures to raise awareness and make public appeals for help.
Even though the foundation took a big hit in 2013, and all our operations had to shut down, we managed to admit 200 children into the best private schools in Dhaka. We support them with their education fees, uniforms, books, stationery, transportation, rent and everything they need to complete their education.