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RCS spends Dh251 million in relief and charity work during 2004

posted on 26/03/2005: 681 views

The UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS) has spent a total of Dh251 million in local and international relief and charity projects during the year 2004, an official of the organisation has said. Local charity projects accounted for Dh40 million while international relief and charity works accounted for Dhs.211 million, with a great chunk of the amount going to projects in hotspots such as Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan and tsunami affected regions.

"The RCS charity projects have expanded considerably, thanks to the relentless support provided to us by President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan who, like his late father, attaches a great value to humanitarian works,” said Khalifa Nasser Al Suweidi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the RCS.

Al Suweidi also praised the keenness of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the RCS to extend a helping hand to the needy in and outside the country. He also extended thanks to UAE philanthropists who have responded to various humanitarian appeals.

Meanwhile, RCS Secretary General Sanaa Darwish Al Qitbi, said that the humanitarian initiates launched by Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Honourary Chairwoman of the RCS have helped the charity body to reach out to millions of the distressed people around the world.

"The benevolence of Sheikha Fatima has enhanced the global role of the RCS, which is always at the forefront of charity bodies. Sheikha Fatima has backed a plethora of humanitarian initiatives. Her support has really reinforced the values for which the UAE stands,” said Al Qitbi. She further noted that the UAE has become a global leader in humanitarian works, thanks to the efforts of Sheikha Fatima, and of course, the keenness of the UAE leadership.

On the activities of the RCS throughout the previous year, she said Iraq continued to be a top priority as the number of the needy groups continues to increase. Afghanistan and Sudan came next in the order of RCS spendings with the former receiving Dh6 million in relief aid and the later receiving Dh4 million. Palestine received the most charity projects which ranged from hospitals to schools and rehabilitation centres.

The RCS also sent aid to some 30 countries in Asia Africa and the Arab world.

She said the RCS has prepared a special programme to participate in the reconstruction of tsunami affected countries. Following the delivery of emergency aid to the victims, it is now time to focus on the social economic infrastructure in countries that were affected by the tsunami, said Al Qitbi. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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