I am a strong believer in corporate citizenship. I also believe in charitable work. I try to do what I can and give to causes whenever the opportunity arises when I can afford it. It bugs me that I don't think enough is being done to encourage the spirit of philanthropy in this country.
I understand that purchasing power is low in Oman, and most families have very little disposable income. They need most of what they make just to get by. A very low percentage of the population can afford to help charities financially. If they want they can support by donating either their time and effort, or by donating their used household items and clothing. But even in this aspect, we are still lacking. Most charities complain about a lack of volunteers, which is quite perplexing given the tens of thousands of unemployed high school graduates who are just sitting at home complaining that they can't find jobs. I wish someone would start a volunteer programs for highschool leavers where they can be sent around the country, or even abroad, to help out where needed- sort of like a peace corp but not entirely.
After December's tsunami the Oman Charitable Organization asked people to donate clothing for tsunami survivors. They received thousands of bags of used clothing which was usually unsorted, dirty, unwashed, and quite frequently unwearable. It was like people just brought large garbage bags and filled them with all the clothes they didn't want at home. The charity had to spend most of its time sorting through the clothing and throwing away the items which can't be accepted. Can you believe some people even included their used underwear with the clothes that they donated? Just because a person lost everything he owned in a tsunami, doesn't mean that he lost his dignity too. Tsunami or no tsunami, no one wants your used underwear.