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A tree of hope that lights up lives of orphans
Your children know you love them by your presence, not your presents.

There is a famous saying that 'One who plants a tree, plants hope'. Well if you happen to visit the community mall Arabian Centre on Al Khawaneej Road in Mirdif area, you will at once be delighted by the sight of one such tree that has become, literally speaking, the tree of hope for about a 100 children living in a Dubai foster home called the Family Village, located in Al Warqaa.
Emerging from a mosque like structure, the well-lit TreeofLife (as it is called) is a tree of hope. To commemorate the spirit of giving and sharing in Ramadan, the unique installation, just like a tree, aims to support and sustain life to make the world a better place by bringing a positive change in the lives of the unfortunate ones.
For every donation made in cash or kind, the tree will be illuminated with a lamp signifying the passion for goodness in life. Therefore, TreeofLife is a symbolic representation of change that is bought about in the lives of the underprivileged.
The tree gets its strength of transforming lives from the love and affection imparted by the people of the UAE.
The concept first took shape in 2012 and 2013 at Lamcy Plaza. Each year the tree aims to support the needy in the society. This year, we've bought the concept to Arabian Centre to support the foster homes in the UAE, said Tim Jones, COO, Arabian Centre and Lamcy Plaza.
"Without the protection of family, these children have limited access to education, food and clothing. The TreeofLife is an effort to provide steady support to these kids," he added.
To show their support and promote the campaign, officials from the General Department of Protective Security & Emergency, Dubai Police also recently visited the Arabian Centre.
"This is such a unique concept! Like every drop that counts, this encouraging concept is certainly a ray of hope for the thousands of children who've never been exposed to a good life. It not only highlights the values of compassion and generosity, but also emphasizes the mall's commitment to a better society," said Mallesh Reddy, Business Development Manager at Al Futtaim Technologies, who was at the mall to make a donation for the cause.
To extend support to the noble cause, Arabian Centre welcomes all residents and visitors of the UAE to donate and light a lamp of hope for children living at the Family Village.
"Since Ramadan is a month of giving, we request people to light up lamps on the TreeofLife and support us in our endeavor for improving the lives of orphaned children. We are hoping to receive an extra-ordinary response from the residents of Dubai for the less fortunate ones," Jones said.

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