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Maskni: Ministry taps into charity team’s know-how

13 Jun 2021 By MOHAMMED TAHA

In a move to seek community cooperation to meet families’ needs for housing, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning held a meeting with Nizwa Charity Team on Sunday.

Yaqoub Rashid al Shuraiqi, a member of the team, said the ministry invited them to present the team’s experience in launching an initiative called ‘Maskni’ (My house). 

The meeting was attended by H E Eng Hamad bin Ali bin Sulaiman al Nazwani, Undersecretary for Housing in the ministry, the team leader and committee officials.

“The meeting aimed to identify the mechanism for selecting families that deserve to benefit from the initiative, the method of collecting funds to build those houses, and the challenges we faced in building them,” Shuraiqi said. 

“The meeting is a good step for cooperation between volunteer teams and government agencies. The meeting motivated us to work more and continue to help needy families and build and maintain houses for them,” he added.

Talking about Maskni, he said, “We launched the initiative in the first week of Ramadan. The initiative saw the collection of RO90,000 within 24 hours to build three houses. So far, we have built six. We also work on the maintenance work.” 

The team also sponsors 280 orphans, looking after their nutritional needs, and help 134 needy families, he said.

Started in 2018, the team conducts charity works with the help of 120 volunteers. 

The team provided assistance to needy families to the tune of RO85,116 during Ramadan.

“As part of our community initiative in the summer, we launched a new package of assistance amounting to RO42,176, which included the purchase of air conditioners and refrigerators, and the payment of electricity and water bills,” Shuraiqi said.


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