Muscat: Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate, in line with its commitment to delivering long-term benefits to the community and the nation has extended strong support to the Oman Down Syndrome Association. The bank’s support has enabled the Association to buy new special educational and training tools, which will benefit children undergoing rehabilitation at the facilities of the Association.
The special equipment will facilitate a number of new educational and training activities for special needs children and greatly improve their chances of integration into mainstream society. The CSR activity stems from Bank Muscat’s commitment to support those with special needs to integrate with mainstream society and lead normal lives. The bank strives to establish a communications bridge with numerous organisations that are working for the rehabilitation of people with special needs.
Talib Saif Al Makhmari, Manager, Community & Media Relations, Bank Muscat, said: “Bank Muscat has always been a pioneer in CSR activities and has supported different organisations, which are registered with the Ministry of Social Development. We are happy to extend a helping hand to children with special needs and enhance training and educational facilities at the Oman Down Syndrome Association to improve their quality of life. Bank Muscat is committed to sustainable social development by working closely with local communities, especially the special needs segment, with the aim of improving work environment and enhancing skills in a manner that contributes to national development.”
Ali Abdullah Ali Yousef, chairman of the board of Oman Down Syndrome Association, thanked Bank Muscat for the strong support to the association and said: “Bank Muscat has always been a pioneer of CSR initiatives in the country. The generous support extended by the bank will greatly improve services provided to members of the Association. They will be of great help to the special-needs teachers who are providing critical training and educational activities at the association’s premises. With its involvement in the nation’s social development, Bank Muscat’s CSR programmes are role models of public-private partnership benefiting society.”
The Oman Down Syndrome Association, which was started in 2014, is a voluntary, non-profit organisation that organises special training sessions and classes for children with Down Syndrome till they reach adulthood so to help them achieve normal linguistic and social development. Further, the children are trained to become self-reliant, productive and go about their daily lives with little support from others.
The Oman Down Syndrome Association also does a lot of awareness programmes about Down Syndrome and its causes so as to lessen the number of cases and also help people, especially parents and guardians of children suffering from the condition in learning how to deal with it. The Association takes the effort to involve parents and guardians in its training programmes so as to help their children develop to the best of their abilities as 70% of the child’s mental development depends on the parents’ role.
As a forward looking financial institution, Bank Muscat is at the forefront in contributing to society. As the pioneer of CSR activities in the banking sector in Oman, Bank Muscat has implemented several initiatives benefiting various segments of society including people with special needs.