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Posted On: 5 September 2013 06:33 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:13 pm

Rota to observe world charity day today

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Reach Out To Asia (Rota) will commemorate International Day of Charity today as a part of its ongoing charitable work. The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution to designate September 5, the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Teresa, as the International Day of Charity. The designation of the day will create a universal platform to enhance visibility, organise special events, create synergies and thereby further increase public support for charity, a press release said yesterday. “Charity can alleviate the worst effects of humanitarian crises, supplement public services in health care, education, housing and child protection. It assists the advancement of culture, science, sports, as well as the protection of cultural and natural heritage. It also promotes the rights of the marginalised and underprivileged and spreads the message of humanity in conflict situations,” said Essa Al Mannai, Rota Executive Director. The UN General Assembly adopted resolution invites all member states, organisations of the United Nations system and other international and regional organisations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organisations and individuals, to commemorate the day by encouraging charity, including through education and public awareness-raising activities. “Rota has been at the forefront of charity work by empowering local communities by providing access to quality primary and secondary education to children affected by crisis across Asia. It is our vision and mission to ensure all young people have access to the education they need in order to realise their full potential and shape the development of their communities,” added Al Mannai. “Rota believes that together with partners, volunteers, and local communities it can ensure that people affected by crisis across Asia and around the world have continuous access to relevant and high-quality primary and secondary education.” In its effort to promote education, Rota implements educational projects in countries where immediate action is needed. Ten countries have been identified as Rota’s priorities: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Iraq, Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine and Yemen.