Dar Al Ber Society celebrate 10th Orphans Day with 250 children in Dubai

Dar Al Ber Society celebrate 10th Orphans Day with 250 children in Dubai

The ceremony is held every Ramadan under the generous auspices of Shaikha Hind Bint Maktoum Bin Juma Al Maktoum.



By Ahmed Shaaban – Senior Reporter

Published: Sat 27 Jun 2015, 9:16 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:47 PM

Dubai - Dar Al Ber Society (DABS) on Friday night celebrated the 10th Orphans Day at the World Trade Centre with 250 local and foreign orphans invited to the annual celebration.

The ceremony is held every Ramadan under the generous auspices of Shaikha Hind Bint Maktoum Bin Juma Al Maktoum, Wife of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice president and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Lt-General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chief of Police and General Security in Dubai, was named the charity personality of the year for his community work.

Fadila Saif bin Khadem Al Rumaithi was also named the charity personality of the year, for supporting charity projects. Both winners were honoured during the celebration, better known as the ‘Mother of Giving’ ceremony.

The event saw the presence of Shaikh Mohammed bin Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, along with senior officials, businessmen, sponsors, representatives of charity associations in the UAE, and Dar Al Ber Society board members, head of sectors, managers, staffers, and over 100 volunteers.

Abdullah Ali Bin Zayed, the Executive Director - DABS, said Dar Al Ber, believing in the importance of orphans, spares no effort to make them happy, provide them with all requirements for an honorable standard of living, and looks after their health and education until they grow up until they are able to manage their own business, becoming contributing members of the nation.

"Such a dedicated approach is in line with verse 2/220 of the Quran: ‘And they ask you about orphans. Say, Improvement for them is best’, verse 76/8: ‘And they give food in spite of love for it to the needy, the orphan, and the captive’, verse 39/9: ‘So as for the orphan, do not oppress [him]’ and verse 107/1-2: ‘Have you seen the one who denies the Recompense, for that is the one who drives away the orphan’.”

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was also reported as saying: ‘The best house among the Muslims is the house in which orphans are well treated. The worst house among the Muslims is the house in which orphans are ill-treated. I and the guardian of the orphan will be in the Garden like that," indicating his middle and index fingers, he added.

“Dar Al Ber Society is now sponsoring 31,694 orphans, including 1,015 in the UAE, and 30,679 abroad, along with 523 poor and low-income families, and 42 handicapped people.”

While the orphans registered are being supported by 15,339 Emirati and expatriate sponsors in the UAE, the Society is dedicated to providing them with proper living conditions, as well as educational and health services, he elaborated. “It spent Dh 35,586,624 on them in 2014 as compared to Dh 803,747 for low-income families, and Dh 51,864 for the handicapped.”

The Society also provides those orphans with medical insurance and gives them money via e-cards in their names or their guardians’ to ensure that they receive their entitlements timely and in full, with no need to physically move to the Society or the institutions concerned in their countries, he stated.

“The Dar Al Ber Society has also built and furnished a village for orphans, worth Dh8 million, at the Bekaa area of Lebanon, and named it after the mother of giving.”

Hussain Murad Al Balooshi, Director of the Orphans and Families Department, who is also the General Coordinator of the annual Orphans Day Ceremony, said the Dar Al Ber Society supports orphans in 32 countries in cooperation with 25 accredited charity entities.

“The monthly sponsorship of a local orphan is Dh300 against Dh150 abroad whereas Dh600 has been set as monthly maintenance for local handicapped people and Dh400 in other countries, as well as Dh350 for supporting a poor family outside the UAE.”  

The Dar Al Ber Society also honoured the sponsors, following which the orphans present were given gifts including different-coloured balloons and toys. Clowns and circuit artists performed at the event to entertain them.

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com


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