Students from 25 schools across the UAE network took part in 78 environmental, charitable and community events to support Sewa Day, a universal concept which involves public service and performing an act of kindness without expectation of reward.

Throughout October, the students volunteered for activities in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Fujairah, Ajman and Al Ain. These included visiting old people’s homes, recycling and clean-up drives, hospital and therapy centre visits, tree planting, food and gift box collection and distribution.

Grades 3 to 6 at The Westminster School, Dubai collected and recycled plastic and organized a clean-up drive while senior school students focused on the issues of charity and social awareness and donated 1,000 shirts to the Bait Al Khair Society which provides aid to the needy in less developed countries.


Sewa is a universal concept, which involves performing an act of kindness without expectation of reward. It is performed selflessly and without ulterior motive.

As a concept, Sewa in embedded in Indian traditions, and is actively promoted by different cultures and faiths - as the core belief is the same - to sacrifice your time and resources for the benefit of others without wanting anything in return.

On Sewa Day, thousands of good-hearted people across the world come together to perform Sewa and experience the joy of giving in its truest sense. By participating in this collective endeavour, we hope that the seeds of Sewa are watered so that acts of kindness and public service are performed more often. Sewa Day is a catalyst in making this happen.

Previously, participating groups have organised Sewa Day volunteering projects in old people’s homes, homeless shelters, schools in disadvantaged areas, hospitals and hospices, country parks, conservation areas and city farms – all with an aim of making a positive difference to someone else’s happiness and prosperity. Join us this year to make our dream a reality.

Each project organised is based on at least one of the guiding principles below:

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The Sewa Day Song