Speaking at a Press conference on Tuesday to announce the society's programme during 2004, Mr Bin Haidar said that the society takes the responsibility of distributing the Zakat of some of its patrons. "The society takes the outmost care to ensure that the Zakat money is distributed to those who deserve it. More than Dh30.3 million were raised during 2003, and about Dh38.8 million is expected to be raised in 2004," he said.
Commenting on the increase in Zakat, Mr Bin Haidar said that it followed the society's agreement with the Dubai Islamic Bank, Union COOP, and Al Maktoum Charity Foundation.
"The amount of charities is expected to reach Dh8.4 million during 2004, after Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance and Industry, sponsored about 400 orphans," he said, adding that the number of orphans benefiting from the society have increased from 250 to 800 during 2003.
The society will also distribute about 25,000 bags this year as part of the school bag project. "The society also distributes coupons that can be redeemed at different cooperative societies as part of the Al Meer Al Ramadani project. During the holy month of Ramadan, more than 8,200 families benefited from the programme which reached Dh4 million," he said.
The society has owned some Auqaf properties, which generated funds for helping the needy registered at the society, as well as covering the expenses of several charity and humanitarian projects, Mr Bin Haidar added.
He pointed out that the society would organise an open day on February 11 at the Palace Park in Ras Al Khaimah, under the patronage of Shaikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah. "The funds expected to be generated during the day, will be channelled to support the projects of Bait Al Khair in Ras Al Khaimah," he said.
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