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Reaching out to the needy

May 20 - 26 , 2020

Gulf Weekly Mai Al Khatib-Camille
By Mai Al Khatib-Camille

Gulf Weekly Reaching out to the needy

The Rotary Club (RC) of Salmaniya has been spreading smiles across the kingdom through several initiatives to support those struggling during Covid-19, writes, Mai Al Khatib-Camille.

The club, which started around 20 years ago, is made up of big-hearted individuals, keen on making a difference within the community. For example, last year, the members invited orphan children to enjoy Gergaoun celebration at Nakheel Centre in Saar.

“Unfortunately, this year we were not able to organise such events due to the current situation,” explained Faisal Juma, the secretary and president elect for year 2021-22.

However, they were still able to support in other ways. The RC of Salmaniya teamed up with the Telugu Kala Samithi Bahrain Society to distribute food packages to labourers living in Hidd, Isa Town, Hamad Town and Jidhafs.

The Telugu Kala Samithi Bahrain society purchased the basic food items such as cooking oil, sugar, rice and flour, while the club bought hand sanitizers, disinfectants and washable face masks to add to the boxes.

Faisal said: “Due to the Covid-19 situation, we felt we needed to do more to help our community. That’s why we included hand sanitizers and cleaning products a well.

“We teamed up with the Telugu Kala Samithi Bahrain society to distribute food packages to labourers who haven’t received their salaries.”

Around 300 food packages were distributed over a span of three weeks.

Also, The RC of Salmaniya, Adliya and the Rotaract Club of Bahrain joined forces to distribute reconditioned laptops to children who can’t afford them in order to help students finish their online education. The laptops were distributed to Al Sanabel Orphan Society, Tree of Life Society and Janusan Charity Society.

Nijaad Atassi, president of the RC of Adliya, said: “We hope to benefit the community in order to sustain the education progress and be a tool supporting the Kingdom of Bahrain in all its efforts to combat the adverse situations that the Covid-19 crisis is creating.”

The BMMI Group was keen to support in this important cause as well. Through this collective effort, the initiative was able to reach more than 120 students so far and provide them with the laptops.

Faisal added: “People can also support by donating an amount or joining us in our projects. We are always looking for volunteers to help us in our community service projects.”

For details, follow @rotarysalmaniya on Instagram.

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