By Gavin Gibbon
Abu Dhabi's Authority of Social Contribution (Ma'an) fund to provide relief with education, food supplies, health support and basic needs
Families in Abu Dhabi who are struggling during the coronavirus outbreak are being given a helping hand through the Authority of Social Contribution (Ma’an).
Funds donated to its ‘Together We Are Good’ programme will be split across four areas, initially providing assistance with education, before moving on further to food supplies, health support and basic needs.
Those in need of relief are being asked to contact Ma’an through a special helpline (800-3088) or its specially created microsite - togetherwearegood.ae.
Salama Al Ameemi, director general of Ma’an, said: "Through the ‘Together We Are Good’ programme, people from all walks of life across Abu Dhabi have stood shoulder-to-shoulder in unprecedented times. The sheer number of financial and in-kind contributions that have been pledged show our residents’ desire help each other through the biggest health and economic challenge of a generation.
"We will now use these contributions to provide support to those most in need and, while the situation is dynamic, we will endeavour to prioritise the most deserving families and individuals so they are receiving timely assistance to help them through these difficult times.
“The ‘Together We Are Good’ funds will help rebuild the lives of many."
The programme is the first project of Ma’an’s social fund that allows community contributions to help tackle social challenges.
Al Ameemi added: "While we have received thousands of contributions and in-kind donations so far, we do ask that all Abu Dhabi residents continue to come together and offer whatever assistance they can to ensure that our entire community supports each other."
Participants wishing to contribute financially to ‘Together We Are Good’ can send SMS messages to 6670 (AED1,000), 6678 (AED500), 6683 (AED100) and 6658 (AED50). They can also call 8005-MAAN for volunteering and in-kind and financial contributions above AED1,000 or send messages on WhatsApp on 0543055366.