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As part of its on-going commitment to support the wider community, Bank Sohar presented Al Noor Association for the Blind – Sohar with support dedicated towards three workshops conducted at the Association’s Sohar Branch. Mr. Salim Khamis Al Maskari, Sr. AGM – Branches at Bank Sohar, handed over the donation cheque on behalf of the Bank Management to Mr. Mahmood Amer Al Alawi, Secretary of Board of Director of Al Noor Association for the Blind, and Mr. Jamal Ibrahim Al Balushi, Member of Al Noor Association for the Blind; in the presence of Mr. Mazin Mahmood Al Raisi, AGM and Head Marketing and Publicity at Bank Sohar, at the Bank’s Sohar Branch. The event coincided with the Bank’s Al Mumayaz Saving Scheme Weekly RO 5,000 Draw which was also conducted at the Bank’s Sohar Branch.
Speaking on the Bank support, Ms. Munira Abdulnabi Macki, DGM — Human Resources and Corporate Support at Bank Sohar commented, “At Bank Sohar, our objective is to build meaningful relationships with organizations, such as the Al Noor Association for the Blind. These relationships truly value the growth and well-being of our community as a whole, and CSR initiatives such as these demonstrate our deep commitment to the community we operate in, and one of the cornerstones of our success.”
“The Association has been branching out and developing year after year and their work is evident across the country. With this donation, we continue to support the Al Noor Association for the Blind and through them a very important and contributing segment of our society,” She added.
The contribution to Al Noor Association for the Blind – Sohar, will primarily facilitate the operations of three workshops conducted at the Association’s Sohar Branch – English Courses for beginners, a Life skills workshop and a Handicraft workshop. The English course includes a specially developed basic course in the English language for people with impaired vision. The Life skills workshop focuses on developing skills required to deal with daily situations. Meanwhile, the Handicrafts workshop helps participants make items that will be useful at home or further develop their skills to make these items available for sale.
Since its inception, Bank Sohar has consistently aimed at making meaningful contributions towards the wellbeing of the local community at different levels through its multi-faceted programme of Corporate Social Responsibility activities. It continues to support a wide range of organisations directly and indirectly, whilst addressing some of the core issues that impact the wellbeing of the community.
“We’re very grateful to Bank Sohar for their continued support over the past years,” says Mr. Mohammed Ismail Al Balushi, The Chairman of Al Noor Association for the Blind – Sohar Branch “It is assured that this sort of support will make a real difference in the lives of blind students, empowering them to lead a normal life and making them a productive part of our society.”
This initiative by the Al Noor Association is in line with ‘Vision 2020: The right to sight’ – a global initiative launched on February 18 by the World Health Organization, together with other international non-governmental organisations, that aims to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020.
The Al Noor Association for the Blind was founded in 1997 with the aim of improving living standards for blind people in the Sultanate of Oman. The association also represents the interests of the blind community and provides support services in areas of social and vocational development and the teaching of Braille. These services enable members to live as normally as possible in the community. The association, in cooperation with the responsible authorities, also explore employment opportunities for the blind according to their visual condition.