Thanks to the generosity of its partners, donors and supporters, Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) held a fundraising Iftar for 90 guests as well as a silent auction last week on the 8th of August. Sponsored by Occidental Petroleum of Qatar Ltd. (Oxy Qatar), QR 172,000 was raised to construct and maintain 10 non-formal education projects in Bangladesh.
Auction exhibits featured photographs taken by volunteers participating in ROTA activities, including international volunteer trips to ROTA projects in Pakistan, Cambodia, Nepal, Indonesia and Bangladesh.
Essa Al Mannai, the ROTA Executive Director said,
Our Fundraising Iftar was truly a testament to the generousity of our donors and the philanthropic spirit of Qatar. Thanks to such overwhelming support, ROTA’s new education projects will give thousands of Bangladeshis hope of a better future.’
After initially supporting efforts in the aftermath of Cyclone Sidr which devastated large areas of Bangladesh in 2007, ROTA and Muslim Aid now provide non-formal children’s education, vocational skills for youth and adults and are building a vocational training center which will also act as a cyclone shelter and disaster risk reduction training center