Qatar Foundation (QF) announced the three finalists for its 2018 Akhlaquna Award, and is encouraging members of the community to vote via the initiative’s dedicated website,

Abdulaziz Al Ansari

The finalists for the inaugural award include: Abdulaziz Al Ansari, who is working to spread peace and mercy through his programme ‘No Difference Between Us’; Siwar Al Dahab’s initiative ‘Mercy In Giving’, which aims to promote the value of mercy; and ‘Green Maasai Troupe’, a community-based group whose over-arching mission is to promote healthy lifestyles and protect the environment. The three finalists were selected from over a hundred applications.

As part of Al Ansari’s ‘No Difference Between Us’ programme, which has been running for six years, Al Ansari distributes food and water at construction sites across the country, working hard to establish social equality.

Siwar Al Dahab

Siwar Al Dahab, meanwhile, aims to create a movement that unites various educational, health, and social sectors in an effort to tackle specific issues within society, and, in doing so, is working to ensure the value of mercy is adopted into daily practice.

The third finalist, Green Maasai Troupe was launched in 2011 by Peter Kimani, Samuel Nyuthi, and Zacccheus Njuguna, and includes more than 50 members. The group organises volunteering activities, hospital visits, donates clothes, recycles, and runs environmental conservation and awareness programmes.

Machaille Al-Naimi, President of Community Development at QF, said they received over a hundred nominations for the initiative, which was open to Qatari nationals and residents and could include local or international projects.

Through Akhlaquna, we aim to inspire the entire community and empower the next generation of leaders in Qatar by recognising and supporting projects that help build a better society. What we really want now is for members of the wider community to get behind these projects by voting for their favourite initiative, or for a project that best represents the chosen values of mercy, tolerance, honesty, and generosity.’

Voting for the 2018 Akhlaquna Award closes at 12 pm on Tuesday, 1 May. The winner will be announced during the QF Convocation ceremony.

For more information on the projects, visit the Akhlaquna Award website. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Cover Image: Members of the Green Maasai Troupe