The “Wanna Read?” initiative is led by Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan.

Established in 2013, this non-profit organization creates warm, friendly and stimulating environments in hospitals across the United Arab Emirates, to help children through their healing and rehabilitation process. Sheikha Shamma firmly believes that an enjoyment of books should be encouraged in all ages and, therefore, “Wanna Read?” aims to promote reading and learning by providing this facility.

What We Do

United Arab Emirates hospitals provide the highest standards of medical care. The “Wanna Read?” programme aims to complement these high standards and to support the rehabilitation process through educational enrichment.

The “Wanna Read?” team sets up areas within pediatric wards, creating a warm, friendly and stimulating environment, filled with an abundance of books, to help young patients through their healing and rehabilitation.


    Rooms created in Hospitals – 20 rooms

    Trolleys placed in Hospitals – 24 trolleys

                Community Service Events

Books placed in Hospitals – 10,000 books

Registered Volunteers – 341 volunteers

How We Make It Possible

“Wanna Read?” is funded entirely by donations. Every donation, no matter how big or small will help us to reach more children in hospitals throughout the United Arab Emirates. It is thanks to the generosity and spirit of our supporters that so much has already been achieved, but there is more to be done. Our ambition is to make this programme truly national and to do so we need your support.

Get Involved!

“Wanna Read?” is always very grateful for donations and the help of volunteers. We need volunteers for:
     Book Drives– Collecting good quality children’s books.
     Reading– Visiting patients and brightening their day by reading to them.
     Administration– Helping us with general administration and sorting books at our office in Abu Dhabi.
     PR– We need your help if you have experience with the media or in design.
     Artists and Painters– Help us to brighten up a room and make a difference.

We also welcome and encourage support from Schools that can organize sponsored readathons, spellathons, and book donation events. Publishing Houses that can donate new literature.

Corporations that can sponsor and decorate a room as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility. Individuals who can lead fundraising efforts by hosting bake sales, lunches and coffee mornings, or support “Wanna Read?” in sponsored events, for example – running a marathon for the charity There are many more hospitals that need our help. Please support us.