Muhammad aims to prevent the re-production of poverty in the Saudi Arabian society by shifting the mindset of Saudi philanthropy from charity to social entrepreneurship. He is promoting the philosophy of sustainable development that not only ends the near total reliance on charity but also incentivizes social entrepreneurship and the teaching of empathy, teamwork, leadership and change making to the country’s youth.
A key component of Muhammad’s work is how he empowers children to tackle communi-ty/societal level problems. He sees them as young, responsible citizens who are able to naturally mobilize resources to tackle these issues. Children from the YIG work in this program as YIG ambassadors who help Muhammed in the logistics and operations of this program. Muhammad’s work plays out two fold. On one hand, he has a “Young Volunteer Program” where he works with children from relatively high socioeconomic backgrounds in order to teach principles of volunteerism, leadership, and teamwork. He as well raises their awareness of their rights as volunteers for a sustainable community mobilization. These children then serve as ambassadors to his organization to promote the sense of community mobilization towards solving pressing socioeconomic problems. He has also developed a “community development program” where he works with “unprivileged children” to learn the principles of human centered design. This approach empowers the children to address their community problems by developing scalable prototypes/ solutions. In YIG’s community development program, children from poor neighborhoods design their own prototypes to solve their own problems
The third element of Muhammad’s idea is to bring about long term social change through shifting the Saudi mindset towards philanthropy. Currently, it is geared towards charity to social entrepreneurship. Muhammad is directing the financial and human resources of the Saudis that are sporadically put in use towards systematized approach in order to solve pressing social problems such as poverty. The latter takes place by connecting youth, the government, and grant making foundations through legislative frameworks.