Emirates NBD, a leading bank in the region, announced today the introduction of new electronic payment solutions to facilitate donations towards relief efforts in crisis-stricken Japan and Egypt. The new service, which is open to all, is available through Emirates NBD’s electronic banking channels (CDM and Banknet). This initiative is in line with Emirates NBD’s commitment to support social and charitable causes and actively promote contributions to humanitarian relief efforts globally.
“We have all been shocked and saddened by the sheer scale of the disaster that has recently befallen Japan,” said Jamal Bin Ghalaita, Group Deputy CEO, Emirates NBD. “Closer to home, we are moved with by the plight of families struggling daily in Egypt. Emirates NBD has made these payment collection provisions for customers, staff and the public at large, which will provide an easier way to make charitable contributions to these urgent humanitarian causes. We ask everyone to give generously to support relief efforts during these crises.”
Last month Japan was struck by the largest earthquakes ever recorded. Many of the survivors have been left with no means to keep warm in freezing temperatures, without water, electricity, fuel or enough food to survive.
Thousands of Kilometers across the globe, many families are still struggling as they come to terms with the volatile situation in Egypt, which has left countless displaced or without money for day to day necessities. Urgent food and medical supplies are needed in both these crisis-hit regions.
Emirates NBD has set up two separate accounts to receive donations for each cause. The money collected for Japan will be transferred to the Embassy of Japan in the United Arab Emirates, who will ensure it goes towards emergency aid to those in need, via the Japanese Red Cross Society. The second fund will go to the Government of Egypt to provide food and medical supplies and help in the task of rebuilding the country.
Customers can make easy donations through Emirates NBD’s BankNet, one of the region’s most advanced online financial services portals. It is the ideal solution for customers who wish to make a donation, without having to step out of their home or office. Alternatively, Emirates NBD has the largest network of ATMs and CDMs in the UAE and donations can be made by customers and non-customers, through any one of 130 CDMs, situated in the most convenient locations nationwide.
Emirates NBD's community-related initiatives also include raising donations for Dubai Cares, Beit Al Kheir Society, Red Crescent UAE, Awqaf and Minor Affairs.