UAE charity projects to get Dh6.5m boost

Dar Al Ber Society’s Ramadan campaign to include free Iftar meals and Eid clothing.

By Ahmed Shaaban/senior Reporter

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Published: Mon 25 May 2015, 12:15 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:39 PM

A mass Iftar meal hosted by the Dar Al Ber Society in Ramadan last year. — Supplied photos

Dubai - The Dubai government-run Dar Al Ber Society (Dabs) is planning to spend over Dh6.5 million on different charity projects across the country in the holy month of Ramadan this year.

Khalfan Khalifa Al Mazrouie, Chairman of the Dabs, said the programmes come under a nationwide seasonal campaign, themed ‘Delight them: Make a change’, which will include free Iftar meals, Eid clothing, Zakat Al Fitr and alms.

“The campaign will kick off at all branches of the society in the emirates of Dubai, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah, along with the Dabs Quran study centres for boys and girls.”

About 80 Dabs staff representatives have been assigned at all cooperative societies and shopping centres to collect public contributions for the benefit of poor and low-income people, he added.

“The Dabs Ramadan campaign will be promoted on mass media and social networking websites. The society will run various courses to train its staff on the best way to deal with the philanthropists and urge the public to give charity to needy people and make them happy.”

Al Mazrouie said the 36-year-old charity association has allocated over Dh374,000 for the Da’wah or preaching project which involves a wide range of programmes, activities, events, meetings and lectures in Arabic, English and Urdu at mosques, Dabs headquarters, Islamic information centres and labour accommodations.

“The targeted segments are new Muslims, foreign communities and blue-collar workers who will enjoy a variety of edutainment programmes, as well as over 170,000 free religious books, brochures and CDs on the provisions of the holy month of Ramadan and frequently asked questions.”

The society will also distribute thousands of copies of the Holy Quran. About 6.5 million copies of the Holy Quran have been gifted so far to Muslims around the planet, Al Mazrouie stated.

He noted that the society has also initiated a nationwide campaign to collect mandatory Zakat to distribute to eligible beneficiaries through the Zakat departments at all Dabs branches.

“Up to Dh71 million was distributed to 16,186 families in need across the country in 2014, added to thousands of free Iftar meals in 34 countries in collaboration with 56 accredited charity associations and some UAE embassies.”

These are in addition to the daily free Iftar banquets held every year at the Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, along with the Eid clothing project, Zakat Al Fitr, and free Iftar meals held at a number of mosques and labour accommodations throughout the holy month. -ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com



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