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Dar Al Ber spends Dh5m to help needy families

Charity has finished nine initiatives and 11 are under way as part of its Year of Giving campaign

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Ali Hassan Al Asi
Gulf News

Dubai: The Low-income Families Committee of the Dar Al Ber Society in Umm Al Quwain successfully completed nine charity initiatives worth Dh5 million over the first quarter of this year.

Eleven other charity projects are to be launched in the remaining months of this year as part of the committee’s participation in the Year of Giving initiative launched by President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Khalfan Khalifa Al Mazroui, chairman of Dar Al Ber Society, said the society supports indigent and low-income people wherever they are, disregarding their nationality, religion, language and ethnic backgrounds as directed by the UAE prudent leadership.

Abdullah Ali Bin Zayed Al Falasi, executive director of Dar Al Ber, said the Low-Income Families Committee in Umm Al Quwain is well-known for its relentless efforts and outstanding achievements.

“Such dedication and tireless effort have left a significant impact on the charitable and humanitarian work in the emirate in particular and all over the country in general.”

Ali Hassan Al Asi, manager of the Low-Income Families Committee, UAQ, said his committee spent Dh5 million on diverse charity projects over the first three months of the year in line with the ‘Year of Giving’ drive.

The committee efficiently ran nine charity initiatives in the first quarter in collaboration with a number of entities across the emirate, including the UAQ Council for Youth and Cooperation.

The list of other supporters included the Shaikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi Charity Foundation, Department of Social Services in Sharjah, Social Development Centre in Khor Fakkan, and RAK Charity Foundation.

The completed initiatives spanned the projects of the ‘Charity Fridge’, ‘Feeding Food’, securing the needs of the Al Bait Mutawahed for Memorising Quran and the UAQ Autism Centre, and organising a free Umrah trip for 80 senior people.

The debts of some defaulters were also paid as part of the International Happiness Day, while about Dh1 million was paid as study fees of students of low-income families who were also provided with the needed electronics.

Official records show that the committee paid out Dh304,764 in medical aid, along with Dh1,307,462 in educational allowances, Dh1,184,737 in fixed financial aid, and Dh468,304 in housing maintenance assistance, he explained.

“These are added to Dh114,500 spent for supplying electricity and paying outstanding utility bills, Dh120,306 against electronics for indigent families, Dh102,050 for furnishing houses of poor families, Dh753,173 against outstanding debts of some defaulters, and Dh244,200 for orphans and their families.”

Al Asi added that the committee is all set to launch further charity schemes during the coming nine months as part of the Year of Giving initiative. “These include education scholarships for staff member of local departments, honouring veteran employees at local departments, building a mosque in Umm Al Quwain for Dh800,000, and establishing a Quran study centre and an endowment in Ras Al Khaimah for Dh1,150 million.”

The other drives include education scholarships worth Dh2 million, he elaborated. “Basic electronics are to be provided two low-income families of the RAK Charity Foundation, and a new Umrah trip is to be organised for 120 low-income local government staffers.”

The Ramadan Meals or foodstuff packages are to be distributed among listed poor families during the last week of the lunar month of Shaaban for the seventh year in a row, Al Asi said. “Eid clothes, Eid fawala or gifts are also to be distributed, leave alone a new scheme worth Dh3 million for maintaining and furnishing the houses of disadvantaged people.”