Weyakum | Our Story
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WEYAKUM’S STORY

“A country’s greatest investment lies in building generations of educated and knowledgeable youth”

The late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God rest his soul in peace), Founder & First President of the United Arab Emirates.

And that is what WEYAKUM is about!

Our Story… 

 

Inspired by the late Sheikh Zayed, we set out to invest in human capacity so that UAE nationals, who represent only about 15% of the population, can be well prepared to participate in the country’s upcoming diversified sectors. We believe that through education and career counseling we will contribute to the elimination of  structural unemployment and help create a more competitive Emirati work force.  We do our job by empowering Emiratis to realize their educational and career aspirations while simultaneously guiding them towards sectors where there is high potential.

Weyakum is a non-profit social enterprise which means that the income that is generated through the sales of services and sponsorship is used to cover operating costs, and additional funds are reinvested in the organization to support our social mission. Weyakum operates in a highly transparent and accountable manner.

Our Commitment to sustainability…

Weyakum is located in Masdar City,  one of the most sustainable cities in the world!

Masdar City is designed to reduce energy and water consumption and features an integrated, smart transportation network that makes the community accessible and livable. Our office building uses innovative design, high performance facades and smart shading strategies that reduce solar radiation by nearly 40%, providing us with lower operating costs while contributing to sustainability.

At Weyakum, we always strive to maximize social and ecological performance and that’s why we chose to be based at Masdar City.

OUR Beginning 2013
July 2014
August 2014
April 2015
May 2015
June 2015
September 2015
November 2015

weyakum02Weyakum is founded by Ameera in Abu Dhabi… Our office was established in Masdar City

UNUnited Nations Young Professional Programmes (YPP) was introduced to Emiratis

UNOur UN nation wide campaign was startedWeyakum created history by getting 12 Emiratis to successfully register for the very first time for UN YPP

Weyakum created history by getting 12 Emiratis to successfully register for the very first time for UN YPP

EnableHelped set up Enable, an agricultural social enterprise powered by those with special needs.

Columbia UniversityYousef Al Eghfeli was accepted on his Master’s application at Columbia University, New York

KalimatiWorked with Kalimati and transitioned them from a charity to a social enterprise and gain access to funding for expansion of the center.

UNWeyakum doubled the numbers in just a year. 24 candidates were eligible & applied to UN YPP

LakumWe launch Lakum, a thrift store with love

EnableWeyakum has been shortlisted for the Social Business of the Year Award

OUR Beginning 2013
July 2014
August 2014
April 2015
May 2015
June 2015
September 2015
November 2015