MUSCAT: Sabah al Bahlani, member of the State Council and CEO of the Association for Early Intervention for Children with Disabilities, appealed to philanthropists, companies and institutions to donate towards the construction of the Centre of Excellence for Children with Disabilities that will benefit more than 300 children with disabilities.
The Centre is designed to provide comprehensive rehabilitation and disability-related services and training for different categories of people with disabilities. When ready, the centre will be used as a rehabilitation facility. In order to generate income, the centre plans to rent the swimming pool, sports area and kitchen area. It will also have a space on the upper floor either to rent or operate as non-profit office and as an event hall for any other leasing activities Sabah al Bahlani confirmed that the centre had stopped construction and the inauguration was delayed due to the lack of funds needed to complete it. She said obtaining donations is critical because construction of the building’s structure has been on hold due to the lack of funds. She said what the centre requires now is the necessary finishes, and once it is ready, the centre will achieve financial sustainability by using accompanying facilities as a source of income.
Al Bahlani added: “The Centre’s vision lies in providing early intervention services on a continuous basis to each child while overcoming developmental challenges and reaching the maximum possible degree of independence and integration into society. This will help in achieving the highest degrees of independence, self-reliance and integration into society.” Alizz Islamic Bank and the Ministry of Social Development had earlier unveiled a crowdfunding website (https://crowdfunding.alizzislamic.com/) to raise RO 2 million to build the Centre of Excellence for Children with Disabilities.
The crowdfunding website aims to collect RO 2 million from various segments of society by using innovative digital technology. This will allow all groups and segments of society to participate and contribute in building The Centre of Excellence for Children with Disabilities and help children with disabilities.