To support laid off workers and needy families, Ibri Charity has launched several initiatives this Ramadan as part of its ongoing commitment to encourage the spirit of solidarity in society.
A team of the charity’s volunteer workers has distributed vouchers to more than 2,000 needy families.
Operating under the umbrella of the Committee for Social Development in the Ministry of Social Development in the wilayat of Ibri, the charity’s initiatives this Ramadan include distribution of iftar meals and support for families who have been financially impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking to Muscat Daily, Salem Rashid al Ismaeli – vice president of the charity team, said, “Besides vouchers, we have offered financial support to close to a hundred people who were laid off from work and have given away 1,500 food baskets containing rice, flour, oil and sugar.”
The charity was started in 2017 and conducts its activities with the help of 120 volunteers.
“We also sponsor orphans and pay their house rent, electricity and water bills, and look after their nutritional needs. The team has built or renovated 17 homes for needy families to date. Families and individuals needing medical devices have also benefited from our work. We are currently focused on helping the needy throughout the month and distributing gifts on Eid al Fitr,” Ismaeli said.
In efforts to raise awareness on the significance of volunteer work and helping the needy, the team conducts cultural competition in the wilayat. To further its cause, it holds lectures on volunteerism, besides presentations on the environment and religion via online platforms.
In order to conduct its charity work, it seeks the help of community members to collect information about needy families and to make agreements with private companies to offer discounts to them.
The team can be reached via Instagram and Twitter at @Ibri_ charity