Supervisor Elham AbolFateh
Editor in Chief Mohamed Wadie

Charitable donations in Ramadan.. for whom?!

Sat 23 Mar 2024 | 12:13 PM
Elham Aboul Fateh
Elham Aboul Fateh
Elham Aboul Fateh

A stream of advertisements calling on you to donate during the month of Ramadan. We are in a religious atmosphere and a month of solidarity, mercy and compassion... But it caught my attention that there are groups and places in society that work and suffer in silence, and need real donation, but their lack of capabilities prevents them form advertising. Among the places are Abu Al-Rish Hospital, the Heart Institute, and the Nasser Institute Hospital for Research and Treatment. 

They are indeed suffering and working sincerely at the same time, but they do not have the ability to advertise! I believe that the Neurology Hospital is one of the hospitals that needs the efforts of civil society organizations because it cannot express what it needs. We have often seen difficult humanitarian cases that need assistance from institutions and associations. 

Well, everyone who wants to donate hopes that his donation will reach those in need. I know that the Central Auditing Organization monitors the budgets of these institutions that are doing their work and trying to reach the most needy, but we need one party or channel similar to National Alliance for Civilian and Development Action, which brought together all associations and institutions working in humanitarian work under its umbrella, and succeeded, within a short period, in directing donations to parties that were subjected to severe injustice due to the lack of donations, or people’s lack of knowledge of their locations and how to reach them.

We recognize the great role that the alliance is playing towards the poorest villages and social initiatives in the depths of Upper Egypt and the Egyptian countryside. I suggest that a reliable party, such as the National Alliance for Civil Action, collect these donations and design a database to enlist the needy parties.

In my opinion, if such an organization was established, it would be able to gain everyone’s trust by delivering donations to those who actually deserve them, whether in the form of care units, nursing homes, dialysis units, medicines, and debt lists in pharmacies for people with chronic diseases, hence, the real meaning of solidarity will be achieved, and philanthropists will be reassured that their donations will reach the rightful place. I hope that the government will consider creating a body like the National Alliance that will be responsible for monitoring and rationalizing these donations, so they go to those who need them.