Muscat: Oman LNG has extended the reach of its social development programme with the signing of three agreements on Tuesday with three recognised care providers. It funds one-and-a-half per cent of its annual net income after tax for the community development programmes.
The three agreements help extend critical support to the Omani Society for the Hearing Impaired, and the Omani Women's Associations in Al Awabi and Al Jabal Al Akhdar.
In the first instance, Oman LNG will fund the acquisition of a 30-seater passenger bus, easing transportation challenges for Omani Society for the Hearing Impaired. This will cost OMR20,000. The bus will further assist the society in organising various social activities for its members.
The second agreement, also aimed at easing transportation troubles, will see Oman LNG providing the Omani Women's Association in Al Awabi with a 15 seater-passenger coaster bus.
The vehicle will be deployed to ferry children for educational activities at the association as well as for assisting women in organising social activities undertaken by the OWA as a way of preserving tradition and cultural norms.
Under the third accord, the company, through providing funds to the tune of OMR10,000, will facilitate the purchase of different pieces of equipment and furniture for the Omani Women's Association in Jabal Al Akhdar.
The list of equipment comprises air-conditioners, desktop and laptop computers, refrigerators and lamination, photocopying and fax machines. All items will support the association's administrative work in caring for women and children it tends to as part of its remit since the association was first established in the Sultanate in 1970.
The Omani Women's Association has over 50 branches spread across the country and continues to play an important role in building a cohesive society by assisting women to achieve their potential through offering vocational training in handicraft and tailoring for instance, and in more specialised fields of information technology.
Jabal Al Akhdar is located in Nizwa, some 200 kilometres from Muscat. With a huge potential for tourism, Jabal Al Akhdar draws thousands of visitors from within and outside Oman, particularly in the summer months, who experience a contrasting, much cooler weather, once they ascend up the mountain and are at its peak. Additionally, the place is well-known for its native plants and spectacular views.
The agreements, focusing primarily on social welfare, fall under the Empowering Communities' segment of the company's three-pronged Social Investment Programme (SIP).
Its other two distinct areas are Investing-in-People and Championing Innovation. "The accords inked today are in line with the company's efforts to promote and upgrade social welfare programmes for different segments of the society. This, in turn, encourages the building of a strong and vibrant society that values and cares for its people," said Khalid Al Massan, Oman LNG's Chief Corporate Affairs Officer.
With its involvement in the nation's social development in many spheres of life within the country, Oman LNG has successfully created a thriving template for modelling public-private sector partnership that delivers many gains.