RCO to set up more projects in Al-Quds, says Secretary General

Manama, Sept. 29 (BNA)– Secretary General of the Royal Charity Organisation (RCO) Mustafa Sayed stressed the organisation’s intention to provide more charity organisations for Al-Quds city.

Speaking in a special interview with Palestine News Agency (WAFA), he said His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa set up RCO in July 2001 to take custody of the Bahraini orphans from needy families. He added that in November, 2001, the organisation was tasked with taking care of the widows and in 2007, HM the King issues a royal decree to restructure RCO and became the honorary President of it.

“The organisation also provides assistance for Arab and Islamic countries plagued by wars and natural disasters. It focuses its services on sustainable development and urgent rescue aid necessitated by the circumstances,” he noted.

Concerning the volume of Bahrain’s aid to Palestine, the RCO Secretary General said in line with the royal directives to support the Palestinian people in 2009, a sum of USD 8 million was earmarked to assist Gaza that was subject to a destructive Israeli attack.

“The most recent project was in Al-Quds City which is subject to a fierce judaisation campaign to change its features,” he said, pointing out that an agreement was signed this year to set up a cultural library named after Bahrain, in cooperation with the UN. He added that, in line with the directives of Culture Minister Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, coordination was made to revamp an ancient historic house in Al-Quds and turn it into a Bahraini heritage centre.

He called on the Arab countries to establish cultural centres in Al-Quds to transform it really into the capital of Arab Culture.

The RCO Secretary General also cited different projects carried out in Gaza, including a school in Tal Al Hawa, Bahrain Health Centre in Khan Yunis, a library in Fakhoura School and extending Al-Fakhari School at Jabalia Camp.

Regarding hardships facing RCO in Palestine, the Secretary General pointed out difficulty to follow up on the projects due to the hard circumstances undergone by the Palestinian people and sometimes the shortage of the needed construction materials. Meanwhile, he commended the key role played by the Palestinian embassy in Bahrain in facilitating the mission of the organisation’s delegation.

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BNA 1655 GMT 2013/09/29

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