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UAE RCS 2001 achievements

posted on 11/05/2002: 677 views


The UAE Red Crescent Society, RCS, has achieved the biggest accomplishment in providing assistance for needy people and victims of natural catastrophes and wars in year 2001 as the total value of this assistance reached more than 154 million dirhams. The RCS achievements were in line with the Directives of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the follow up of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and RCS President. Sheikh Hamdan said that year 2001 had witnessed many incidents and a lot of conflicts and disputes which resulted in human catastrophes which attracted the world's attention, especially the charity organisations.



In his statement in the annual report of the society, Sheikh Hamdan said that the UAE followed up with concern the faith of peoples whose lives were affected by these incidents and became victims of conflicts. He added that the UAE moved for their help through the society in line with the directives of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed and H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Sheikh Hamdan said that the RCS had recorded a notable presence in all affected areas in the world, especially in Palestine and Afghanistan and managed to extend bridges of love and help to all people of the world and managed to enhance our country's leading role in humanitarian deeds. Sheikh Hamdan also expressed thanks to volunteers in the society and to the benevolent who always respond to and support the society's activities and human programmes.



In return, Khalifa Nasser Al Suweidi, RCS board Chairman praised the RCS support for the needy and its assistance with reach out all those in need in every part of the world. He said the RCS has been able to build a bridge of peace, love and cooperation with peoples in various parts of the world, winning the respect of all for its distinguished services. He said that the follow up of Sheikh Hamdan to the programmes of the society and his direct supervision to the Society's humanitarian campaigns in various countries helped in making these campaigns a success. Locally, the RCS has extended its support to all those in need, providing them with their health, education and services requirements.



He said. Sanaa Darwish, RCS Secretary General, also praised the achievements of the society describing it as the leading charity institution. She said that the society had been active in providing means of decent life to the needy at the home front. It started programmes to help sick people, orphans, widows and poor people. It also organised educational programmes targeting all classes of the society. The society also conducted a series of courses for students on first aid and actively took part in all campaigns to spread health awareness and to combat epidemics and bad social habits.



According to the report, the RCS spent a total amount of Dh20,836,294 on its local programmes. Beneficiaries of these programmes include students (locals and expatriates), the handicapped, the sick, as the RCS paid for a number of sick persons who needed to undergo delicate operations, which cost a lot of money they can't afford to pay, prisoners, who were jailed on money-related cases and orphans. On the last group of beneficiaries, the RCS registered 2,185 orphans last year alone, bringing the total number of orphans under its sponsorship to 14,224 both inside the UAE and abroad. Last year, the RCS spent Dh23,544,572 on the orphans abroad, mainly from Iraq, Palestine, Bosnia Herzegovina, Lebanon, Yemen, Somalia, Ghana, Albania, Jordan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Thailand, Ethiopia and Kosovo.



The report showed that the RCS' revenue last year stood at Dh192,693,958. The amount was gathered through various campaigns launched by the RCS. They include the Help Palestine campaign, Help Afghanistan campaign, the Ramadan campaign, the Ramadan and Eid el-Fitr Festival campaign and the Emirates Airline project, to name just a few. This in addition to the many generous donations to the RCS by philanthropists in the country. The report also showed that last year, the RCS has embarked on a number of relief assistance to reach out to people in dire need as a result of natural and human disasters, especially in areas of conflict. Notable among these relief supplies are the RCS relief assistance to the Afghan refugees and internally displaced persons, to whom the RCS built a number of refugee camps and delivered hundreds of tons of relief items and medical equipment both inside Afghanistan and in the neighbouring countries, Pakistan and Iran. Others include the Palestinian people to whom the RCS continue to reach out to by launching series of relief campaigns and sending in several plane loads of relief assistance, in addition to embarking on a number of various projects, including housing projects, building of hospitals, clinics, schools and reconstruction of destroyed basic amenities. The report also praised the role of volunteers who are rendering great services to ensure the smooth discharge of the RCS' programmes. The RCS has honoured 105 volunteers for their distinguished services inside the UAE and abroad. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)

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