Nawras 8th Goodwill Journey celebrates successful completion of first phase of 10 day journey
Muscat, 1 August 2012 – Nawras, Oman’s customer friendly communications provider, has donated equipment and supplies to the Oman Women’s Association in Al Rustaq that will empower the women to set up a business and create new jobs by operating a beauty salon. On day five of the ten day journey of compassion and sharing, Nawras volunteers also donated laptops and printers, LCD televisions, DVD players, an iPad 2, washing and sewing machines in addition to a water cooler. Goodwill journey members visited the Social Care Home which serves the elderly.
"Nawras is committed to empowering Omani women to establish a sustainable income by supporting and fostering their employment opportunities. The volunteers at the Association are already doing a fantastic job and we are extending our support to enable them to continue along this path. We are delighted to help another business get off the ground and hope that dreams can be realised through these donations,” said Khalid bin Ali Al Zadjali, Events & Protocol Manager at Nawras and Leader of the Nawras Goodwill Journey.
On being asked about the challenges faced during the journey, Khalid added, "Of course there are challenges when you are planning an event of this magnitude but year after year you learn something new to take home and cherish. For example it was first time that all of us painted a room for children and we thought it would be easy. It took a lot more time than expected and we did not realise we needed to put a number of coats on the walls in order to make the room look beautiful. It all worked out in the end and everyone was pleased with the final result.”
The highlights of the first phase of the journey included stops at the Al Noor Association for the Blind in Nizwa and the Omani Women’s Associations in Muscat, Dhank, Al Buraimi, Al Mussanah, Al Suwaiq and Al Rustaq. From donating basic equipment for the home to painting a classroom for children with special needs, the Nawras family was involved in various activities to benefit those most in need.
Nawras volunteer, Yousuf Rasheed Al Balushi, reflected on the journey saying, "I have always loved being part of this team. We have fun while doing our job and the experience is absolutely incredible. I love to crack jokes and have a laugh, that is exactly what I do with the kids and it really breaks the ice. The same goes with the elderly. I feel support is not just about the money or materials we donate but also the kindness we show."
Bader Al Shabib, also a Nawras volunteer said, "This is my first time and it is absolutely delightful. The feeling is pretty indescribable especially when you are spending time with children. It is overwhelming to see their warmth and love and we had a wonderful time with them. I am proud to be part of this journey."
The second leg of the 10 day journey is due to start on 4 August. The team will finish their caring mission at the final destination of Salalah.
Every year since 2005, the Nawras Goodwill Journey has travelled thousands and thousands of kilometres across the country to visit many different charitable organisations. A Qtel Group company, Nawras tailors each Goodwill Journey to ensure the worthy recipients are given items to enhance their organisation and that the long term benefits continue to enrich the communities for years to come. As part of its commitment to Oman, Nawras not only invests generously in community projects but the Nawras family members also contribute in kind through many hours of voluntary work.