Opal’s first mo­bile li­brary pro­gramme gets un­der­way

Times of Oman - - OMAN -

Amo­bile li­brary op­er­ated by Dar Al Atta’a is tour­ing vil­lages and towns across Mus­cat to col­lect do­na­tions for Oman’s So­ci­ety for Petroleum Ser­vices’ (Opal’s) pro­gramme.

“We worked with Dar Al Atta’a at the be­gin­ning of this year and we do­nated a li­brary bus,” said Musal­lam Al Mand­hary, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Opal. Mak­ta­bati, which is Oman’s first mo­bile li­brary pro­gramme, is aimed at pro­mot­ing the habit of read­ing among young Omani chil­dren.

The bus goes to dif­fer­ent vil­lages, towns, and schools of Oman and pro­vides a range of books to chil­dren to choose from. The mo­bile li­brary also makes ap­pear­ances at spe­cial events and fes­ti­vals.

“The bus is fully equipped as a li­brary and is very nicely done,” he said, ex­plain­ing how the bus has a wide range of books, in­clud­ing nov­els, short sto­ries, and po­etry books for chil­dren of dif­fer­ent age groups. The project is an off-shoot of Dar Al Atta’a’s ‘Let’s Read Cam­paign’ that has been en­cour­ag­ing chil­dren de­velop the habit of read­ing since 2007.

Opal con­trib­uted a con­sid­er­able sum of money to get the wheels on this project turn­ing. “This was a OMR40,000 project and we do­nated for the bus,” said Musal­lam. The cus­tomised bus is part of Opal’s Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity (CSR) ini­tia­tive that the com­pany is ex­tremely proud to have un­der­taken. “We are very proud for Opal be­ing a part of this part­ner­ship with Dar Al Atta’a.”

Opal’s mo­tive is to chan­nelise funds re­ceived from this non­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion’s mem­bers to com­mu­nity projects. Opal has been ac­tively sup­port­ing a num­ber of other causes and events as part of their CSR ini­tia­tive. They have been ac­tively pro­mot­ing em­ployee train­ing and have re­cently signed an MoU with Eshraqa, Khimji Ram­das’ so­cial de­vel­op­ment arm to pro­mote and ful­fil the nation’s train­ing and de­vel­op­ment needs. —shruthi@time­so­fo­man.com

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