Zain Group, a telecom innovator across the Middle East and Africa announced its strategic partnership and support of Mentor Arabia Foundation, the regional branch of Mentor International. The mission of the organization is to empower Arab children and youth to prevent them from risky behaviours through policies, advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Mentor International, registered in Switzerland is a non-profit foundation. It has branches in the USA, UK, Latvia, Sweden, Germany, Lithuania and Denmark. The regional branch was founded in 2006, with its headquarters established in Beirut, Lebanon.
The foundation is led by a reputable board of trustees alongside leading public figures, youth, specialists and scientists in related fields. It seeks to strengthen join Arab and international cooperation and to build a solid alliance to accelerate the momentum in halting the spread of substance use and other dangerous phenomena among the youth in the region.
This is in line with improving the statistics shared via the United Nations which indicate that there are more than 500,000 drug addicts in the Arab world. The drug use among people aged between 15 and 24 is growing in 13 Arab countries.
Bader Al-Kharafi, Zain's vice chairman and group CEO said “Zain is pleased to cooperate with and support the efforts of Mentor Arabia as these objectives are so well aligned to our own. Our youth are among the most precious resources we have, and we need to guide and inspire them to make good decisions and end up contributing positively to their communities, countries, and the region.”