UAE is celebrating the International Day of Charity on September 5th by encouraging public-spiritedness, philanthropy, and more good deeds, WAM reported.
The celebration this year overlaps with the “Year of Tolerance,” which saw several humanitarian and charitable initiatives such as the ''UAE Campaign for Rohingya Children and Women" kick-off.
UAE, which puts great emphasis on charity work, has been named the world's largest donor of development assistance in proportion to its gross national income (GNI) for the fifth year running, according to the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
UAE’s commitment to charity work is driven solely by its belief in doing good. NGOs and charities can play a great role in alleviating the suffering of the needy, which is why UAE’s leadership launches donation campaigns and humanitarian initiatives.
UAE exceeded the UN target of 0.7 per cent official development assistance in proportion to its GNI ratio by donating AED19.32 billion, a growth of 18.1 per cent over 2016, representing 1.31 per cent of its GNI for official development assistance in 2017.
More than 45 donors, humanitarian organisations, and charities from the UAE are assisting the deprived, including the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC).
This year, ERC’s local programmes worth AED94 million have helped roughly 562,589 people around the world.
Over 114,000 orphans in UAE are sponsored by ERC, which also helps more than 11 million people in 80 countries through its Ramadan programmes.
The Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation was established in 1992 and has been helping more than 166 countries ever since.
The Khalifa Humanitarian Foundation (KF) helps UAE popularise charity work regionally, having offered help to more than 90 countries in 2018.
The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives' (MBRGI) Humanitarian Aid & Relief programmes aided more than 11.9 million people worldwide with AED271 million worth of projects and initiatives in 2018.
On this International Day of Charity, the United Nations has called on all member states and international and regional organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and individuals, to commemorate the day appropriately, by encouraging charity, including through education and public awareness-raising activities.