The sultanate’s one-stop donations portal (donate.om) has raised over RO1.6mn this Ramadan, the highest ever sum collected in the holy month.
The sultanate and its economy bore the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic but it hasn’t deterred people from helping others. Rather, the spirit of sharing and caring was far more evident this year than it has ever been.
Since April 14, the first day of Ramadan, the portal’s average daily collection was over RO30,000, accounting for RO587,910 till April 30 – the first 17 days of the month. In May, it collected an additional RO1,052,318 accounting for a total of RO1,640,229.
May 12, the last day of Ramadan, saw donations worth RO250,775, the highest single-day collection in the holy month.
Last year, close to 81,000 donors gave RO1.17mn during Ramadan, which was the previous highest collection during Ramadan since the portal’s launch in 2009. Prior to that, the highest collection in the month was RO428,621 recorded in 2019.
The total donations since the beginning of this year is RO2,355,272, through 166,723 donors, taking the total amount since the launch of the portal in 2009 to over RO9.8mn.
The four charities which received the maximum donations this year include Oman Charitable Organization (RO534,112), Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs’ Zakat Division (RO336,623), Dar al Atta’a Charity (RO242,530) and Zakat Committee of Al Seeb (184,453).
The charity with the most donations on the portal since 2009 is Oman Charitable Organization (RO2,548,385), followed by Dar al Atta’a Charity (RO1,477,229) and Al Rahma Association for Motherhood and Childhood (RO1,444,627).
Managed by the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology, in association with the Ministry of Social Development, the portal includes 49 charitable organisations.