By Staff writer
Over 40,000 individuals and 500 institutions have donated to national fund-raising drive
Bahrain’s ‘There is good in us’ campaign to support the needy during Covid-19 has raised $100 million in just two weeks.
The fund-raising drive has seen donations from more than 40,000 individuals and 500 institutions, in addition to the national action programme, which has seen the Middle East ranked fifth in the world for testing rates.
Dr Mustafa Al Sayed, secretary-General of the Royal Humanitarian Foundation, said: "The results proudly confirm the contribution and support of all members of society in our national campaign.
"We appreciate the speed of their response in meeting the call of the nation, which reflects the solidarity of the leadership, the people and everyone who lives in Bahrain."
This week, the campaign’s co-ordinating committee distributed 32,000 iftar meals with efforts underway to increase the numbers.
The $100m contributions add to an $11.4 billion package of support announced by the Bahrain government earlier this year to mitigate the economic impact of Covid-19, equivalent to 29.6 percent of the country’s annual GDP.
The measures include covering electricity and water bills for three months, waiving several government fees and paying the salaries of more than 100,000 citizens employed in the private sector.