More than two million beneficiariesCharitable societies active in Ramadan [Archives:2004/788/Business & Economy]

November 8 2004

Officials working in the area of charitable work have estimated that there are around 2.5 million persons benefitting from programs carried out by charitable societies in Yemen during the fasting month Ramadan, despite of the harassments those societies face under pretexts of the international campaign of fighting terror.
Specialists in the area of charity work told Yemen Times that the very poor segments in the society are benefitting from assistance of charitable societies and mostly the aid they receive is in the form of food stuffs, clothes and money.
The specialists affirmed that the societies contributions in fighting poverty in Yemen do lessen the indignation of the people harboured against the government and drop the proportion of the poor practice in terrorist acts. Consequently those specialists have called for helping those societies in their charitable acts and works and implementation of services projects.
Despite of the large number of private and non-governmental societies in Yemen, little number of them has capabilities to fulfill offering aid and meet the goals for which they were established for.
A map for depicting such societies programs show that the Al-Saleh Social Society for Development worked for distribution of aid among 350,000 poor families at a cost of around YR 640 million.
The Society has established an Iftar (breaking fast) project in the capital included those affiliate of the Social Welfare House, Orphans House and the various societies for the handicapped and the blind. The assistance also includes Eid clothes for 3500 needy families and 4000 beneficiaries from needy families.
With regards to expansion in extending help to the poor, the Social Reform Charitable Society occupies the second place in this work. It has, among its Ramadan programs, put offering help to more than one million individuals through offering Iftar meals at a cost of over YR 107 million and offering food assistance to 50 thousand poor families, including wheat, sugar, cooking oil, rice, and meat at a cost of over YR 44 million.
The Reform Society would in its program of Eid clothes offer clothes to 60,000 children at a cost of more than YR 165 million. It would also offer help to those staying in mosques for YR 9 million, and clothes to orphans at a cost of more than YR 5.4 million.
Meanwhile, the Yamani Hikma Society has allotted for its Ramadan programs a total cost of more than YR 87 million.
Specialist estimated the total number of beneficiaries from Ramadan assistance at around 2.5 million poor people with a sum over YR 5 billion. Those Ramadan projects affirm the principle of social solidarity in Islam that encourages acts of charity and the help of the needy and the poor as discarding terror.