Z-Corp’s ‘collaboration team’ and Al Wafa Centre mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Monday, December 31, 2018

To mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), The Zubair Corporation (Z-Corp)’s ‘collaboration team’ recently organised an event to commemorate this year’s theme “empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.”

The event was organised in association with Al Wafa Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children at Khaboora. The event was attended by representatives of Al Wafa Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children, executives of Z-Corp, members of schools and the ‘collaboration team’.

Around 65 children both boys and girls with different types disabilities attended the event.

Ibrahim Al Salmi, Assistant General Manager, Corporate Communications, The Zubair Corporation said, “The event was an opportunity for us to reiterate our pledge to work towards a society that is inclusive, unbiased and sustainable for people with disabilities. As a community we must do our best to boost the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all areas of development. The objective of the event organised by Z-Corp’s ‘collaboration team’ was to raise awareness about persons with disabilities and their needs in every aspect of life. As a responsible corporate house our intention is to make a positive difference through the different activities that we undertake, and we were gratified to carry out this event. We congratulate the efforts of Al Wafa centres which has been rendering yeoman service across the country.”

Al Wafa centres with branches across Oman aims to rehabilitate children who have some form of mental, auditory, physical, or visual disability. The objective of Al Wafa centres is to rehabilitate disabled children between the age of three and 14 by instilling skills in them that enable them to become self-reliant as much as possible. These centre also provide suitable rehabilitation and training programmes for the enrolled children in order to encourage them to become independent. In addition, they provide educational programmes for the families of the disabled children on how to deal with the disabled, the causes of disability and ways to prevent them.

Fatma Al Khalidyah, Al Wafa Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children at Khaboora said, “We are thankful to the Zubair Corporation and its ‘collaboration team’ for organising such a wonderful event. Our centre has been dedicated to encouraging inclusion and well-being of children with disabilities. It is important to observe this day in an appropriate manner in order to raise public awareness on the theme of the empowering persons with disabilities for the inclusive, equitable and sustainable development envisaged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

Yahya al Balushi, ‘collaboration team’ said, “We feel a complete sense of satisfaction in organising events that make a difference in the lives of these gifted children.” 

The ‘collaboration team’ comprises of a group of employees of Z-Corp and its subsidiaries who participate in community initiatives which are planned and conducted by them. The ‘collaboration team’ undertakes projects that bring to focus Z-Corp’s continued and evolving socially relevant strategy to make a positive difference in the society. The organisation of this event comes within the framework of the corporate social responsibility strategy of Z-Corp and displayed the group’s commitment to support the community it operates in.

The ‘collaboration team’ organises special events to remain connected with the society. Among the many programmes it has organised include an open day for children affected by Down’s Syndrome.  The open day event titled was held in association with Ministry of Social Development's Al Aman Rehabilitation Centre to mark World Down Syndrome Day annually observed on March 21 to raise public awareness on Down Syndrome, a congenital disorder. The ‘collaboration team’ organised an open sports day event at the Omar bin Al Khattab Institute for the Blind based in Mawaleh.

To emphasise the philosophy of giving to the society, the ‘collaboration team’ organised community events at the Al Wafa Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children across Oman. In line with its strategy to strengthen its socially impactful initiatives, it organised a children’s forum in Al Buraimi Governorate recently. To encourage children with disabilities and special needs, the team conducted an art contest “I am gifted” at the Al Wafa Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children in Sohar two years ago. 

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