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UAE RCS - National day 2001

posted on 07/12/2001: 1964 views

Through the 30 years of the federation march the United Arab Emirates has been able to tell a success story about unity and presented itself as a model of a successful federal system in the modern world. The UAE's successful experience reflects all aspect of life, including the charity and humanitarian works, which a report from the UAE Red Crescent Society, issued to mark the 30th anniversary of the UAE National Day, came to highlight.

The report, which attributed the success of the federation march to President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, said that Sheikh Zayed had adopted a unique approach in laying a good foundation for the country, an approach based on the teachings of Islam, which call for pleasing of others like oneself.

The report also praised Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, the President's Wife and chairwoman of the UAE Women's Federation, who is also the Honorary Chairperson of the UAE RCS, for the significant role she plays in instilling in the UAE society the values of good work and solidarity, by encouraging the UAE society to work for good causes, through the various awards she organises annually to honour those who distinguished themselves in the field of charity and humanitarian services. These include the annual Al Birr Award, she organises through the RCS.

The UAE RCS, which is headed by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, is one of the country's leading charity organisations, which support the needy by reaching out to all those in need in every part of the world. The RCS has been able to build a bridge of peace, love and co-operation with peoples in various parts of the world, winning the respect of all for its distinguished services.

Locally, the RCS has extended its support to all those in need, providing them with their health, education and services requirements. The Organisation also pays special attention to the handicapped persons, by caring for them and embarking on various projects to rehabilitate and train them so as to be able to play a meaningful role in the country's development programme. The latest project completed by the RCS for this category of the society was the publishing house in Abu Dhabi, which prints Braille books for the blind of every educational level. The House will, in the nearest future, print the Holy Quran and other religious and arts books, as well as magazines to enable the blind to be abreast with developments around them.

The RCS has also established a computer workshop for the blind to learn modern techniques. It has also contributed in establishing a number of centres in Abu Dhabi for people of special need. In addition to the continuous support it gives to the various centres for the handicapped throughout the country, the RCS co-ordinate with those centres to implement their ambitious programmes.

The Organisation also attends to the needs of the local handicapped persons by providing them with their needs of health services and education for their family members. The RCS also involve in other seasonal social activities like providing Iftar for Muslims to break their fast during the Ramadan, providing Eid clothing to the needy, Zakat al Fitr at the end of Ramadan, sacrificial lambs to the needy during Eid al Adha, helping the needy to perform Hajj and Umrah. The Organisation also supports various institutions in the country's rural areas, by working with the local authorities to find solutions to the problems of those areas, including water problem and maintenance of old houses.

Externally, the RCS has also been reaching out to the needy and victims of natural disasters in every part of the world, irrespective of the victims' racial and religious inclination. RCS convoys were dispatched to a number of countries in the Balkan, the Horn of Africa, Asia, Palestine and now, Afghanistan. This is aimed at alleviating the sufferings of the victims of those natural and human disasters.

The RCS has also embarked on and funded a number of charity projects and programmes. These include the building of a number of holy Quran memorisation centres and other educational institutions, hospitals and clinics, orphanages and refugee camps, which the RCS built in various parts of the world to extend the hand of friendship, peace and love with peoples of the world. In the field of relief assistance, the RCS has launched a number of campaigns to help people in disaster stricken areas and areas of conflict. Notable among them are the Palestinian occupied territories, where the RCS has been sending various relief assistance since the beginning of the "Intifada" in September last year. So far the RCS has flown in more than 400 tonnes of medicine and medical equipment, food items and clothing to Palestine.

The Organisation has also implemented various charity and humanitarian projects in the Palestinian occupied territories, including the Sheikh Zayed Surgical Hospital in Ramallah, the UAE-Jordanian field hospital, the Sheikha Salama bint Butti Eye Hospital in Nablus, in addition to various kinds of support the RCS is giving to most Palestinian hospitals, clinics and health centres.

The RCS has also built in Jericho the Sheikha Fatima Rehabilitation Centre for the Handicapped. It is also supporting a number of schools and educational institutions, and involving in other humanitarian work like maintenance works and rebuilding of Palestinian houses, destroyed by indiscriminate shelling by Israeli forces, in addition to a maintenance work on the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

Since the beginning of the war in Afghanistan, the RCS, in line with the directives of Sheikh Zayed, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has embarked upon emergency relief supplies to the Afghan refugees who were either displaced by the war or forced to flee to neighbouring countries.

The RCS assistance to the Afghan refugees comprises of four major hauls. The first, which consists of 1000 tonnes of food and medical items, medicines, clothing and tents, were sent to the refugees inside Afghanistan through the Pakistani border.

The second, which comprise of four plane load of 200 tonnes of various relief supplies, were sent to the Afghan refugees at the Afghan-Pakistani border, in addition to the setting up of a 40,000-capacity refugee camp in Chaman, on the Afghan-Pakistani border, which provides food, shelter and health services to the refugees.

The third covered an airbridge of 200 tonnes of relief supplies to the Afghan refugees in Iran in co-operation with the Iranian RCS, while the fourth, comprised of a 1000 tonnes of relief assistance to the Afghan refugee, dispatched to them by sea to the port of the Pakistani town of Karachi, before it was loaded on trucks to the border town of Quetta on the Afghan-Pakistani border, where the items were distributed to the Afghan refugees.

When Algeria was struck recently by flood, which claimed the lives of 762 people and cause a loss of properties valued at US$250million, Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Khalifa ordered a quick dispatch of relief assistance to the affected area. The RCS moved in quickly, delivering by air 40 tonnes of relief assistance, in addition to 100 tonnes of relief items the RCS delegation accompanying the plane bought from the Algerian local market for distribution to the affected people. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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