Muscat: Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate, celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by handing over a green sports field to the Al Aman Centre for Rehabilitation in Al Khoudh. The opening of the new sports field was done in the presence of Taya Eid Bait Sabeea, AGM – Interior, Bank Muscat, Mahmood Mirdad Al Shabibi, Assistant DG, General Directorate for the Disabled, Ministry of Social Development, and officials from Bank Muscat and the Ministry of Social Development.
The handover of the green sports field further strengthens the bank’s leading role at the forefront of CSR activities in Oman.
Taya Eid Bait Sabeea, AGM – Interior, Bank Muscat, said: “Bank Muscat is very happy to support the Al Aman Centre through this green football field, which will greatly enhance the rehabilitation services provided by the centre. The bank is committed to supporting people with special needs to lead normal lives and contribute to society to the best of their abilities. The bank has always been sensitive to the needs of persons with disabilities and will always remain a true partner in supporting their special needs.”
Nadia Al Ajmi, General Manager, Al Aman Centre for Rehabilitation, said: “We thank Bank Muscat for the valuable support offered to the centre. Through this new facility, we will be able to greatly improve the quality of training and support that we provide to children with special needs so that they can be integrated into mainstream society and lead normal lives”
The Al Aman Centre provides several therapeutic and rehabilitation services including social, health and psychologist services aimed at integrating physically-disabled children into mainstream society. The Al Aman Centre regularly conducts programmes to raise awareness on disability issues and how to deal with them. The bank’s gesture benefits children with special needs and is aimed at helping them overcome challenges help them lead as normal a life as possible in mainstream society. As of November-end 2019, the centre was involved in training and rehabilitating 366 children with special needs.
As the pioneer of CSR activities in the financial sector in Oman, Bank Muscat has implemented several initiatives benefiting various segments of society. Sustainability is a running theme in all stakeholder engagement initiatives and activities, ensuring lasting positive benefits aimed at strengthening ties with the local community. The Green Sports programme launched by Bank Muscat in 2012 has benefitted over 100 teams till date. Applications are currently being accepted by the bank for supporting a further 15 teams in 2020.
The Bank’s annual Tadhamun programme has provided household appliances to more than 1,000 social welfare families over the last six years to improve their quality of life. Earlier in June 2019, Bank Muscat become the first bank in the sultanate to launch a special ATM for visually-impaired people at the premises of the head office of the Al Noor Association of the Blind.
Since its inception, the Corporate Social Responsibility department of the bank has taken major strides in social development across the country. Bank Muscat tries to use every opportunity to channel resources for creating sustainable, positive changes in communities by investing in their welfare.