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‘Collecting donations in mosques, yards illegal’ ‘Violators face legal action’

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 30: The donation campaigns for the people in Syria organized under the names of tribes and families, as well as the collection of donations in the mosques and yards are against the law, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting Director General of Charitable Organizations and Institutions Department in the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor Ahmad Al-Sanae.

In a press statement recently, Al- Sanae said those in charge of such campaigns did not obtain a license from the ministry. He affirmed the ministry has no objection to the issuance of licenses to any group which wants to collect donations for the Syrians provided they meet all the conditions in this regard. He explained licensed charitable organizations must receive donations in their headquarters.

If they intend to collect donations in kind in another location, the organizers should inform the ministry in order to refer the matter to other concerned bodies like the Interior Ministry and Kuwait Municipality, he added. He also stressed the fact that the collection of goods in mosques and yards are against law, indicating the ministry has the right to take appropriate legal measures if the violation is committed by registered organizations. In case other institutions are involved, the concerned department will refer the matter to the Interior Ministry to take the necessary measures.

He went on to say the Charitable Organizations and Institutions Department puts red stamp on the receipts for the collected donations. He advised the donors to ensure that the receipts given to them are stamped properly. He also stressed the importance of following the law in the collection of donations. He added the ministry has granted approval to 85 public utility organizations to collect donations on condition that they do so only for the purpose of helping the Syrians. So far, only two out of 11 charitable organizations have submitted their applications, while only one of 85 public utility establishments took the same step, he concluded.

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