Qatar’s leading non-profit education and community development organisation, Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) has launched a new volunteer-led initiative called Reach Into Qatar.

With the help of 50 ROTA volunteers, the first house renovation of the ROTA’s Reach Into Qatar volunteer project will begin on 23 May 2014 in Al Sailiyah. From 23 to 24 May 2014, only female volunteers will work on renovating the home, and in the following weekend, from 30 to 31 May 2014, only male volunteers will work on the home. ROTA’s volunteers are young males and females who are students in secondary schools and universities between the age of 16 to 26. Out of the 50 volunteers, at least 24 are Qatari females.

ROTA National Programs Director, Mohamed Abdullah Sale, said:

Launching the Reach Into Qatar volunteer project is yet another step towards achieving ROTA’s main objective of educating, engaging and encouraging all sectors of the community to participate in the spirit of volunteerism and community work both inside and outside Qatar. Our Reach Into Qatar Project is a true manifestation of ROTA’s social responsibility and willingness to strengthen the bonds between different elements in society and particularly with disadvantaged families and those with special needs. With the generous financial sponsorship from Msheireb, ROTA will again look to make a positive impact in many lives.’

While the majority of ROTA’s international work focuses on countries around Asia and the Middle East, this project was developed by ROTA’s National Program Department to specifically extend assistance to communities within Qatar but outside of Doha specifically Al Sailiyah, Dukhan, Al Wakrah, Al Shamal (the north region), and Al Khor and other regions within the south. For this year, the house renovations and other infrastructures and maintenance for ROTA’s Reach Into Qatar volunteer project will cost the non-profit organisation approximately QR500,000.

ROTA’s Reach Into Qatar is a four-year project where every year, ROTA will renovate four homes for the families in need outside of Doha. The renovation on each house will take up to approximately three months. In the first pilot year of the project, Reach Into Qatar will focus on providing quarterly house renovations for families in need in communities across Qatar. Such activities effectively involve ROTA’s volunteers cleaning out homes, scraping, plastering and painting walls, beautification of the interiors and exteriors of houses as well as assembly and installation of new furniture. Furthermore, ROTA will work alongside Qatar Foundation’s Facilities Management Directorate who will provide maintenance support to each house renovation.

The Reach Into Qatar volunteer project is sponsored by Msheireb Properties. Msheireb Properties Communication and Public Relations Officer, Fahad Al Buainain, said:

Our partnership with ROTA is not new as it began in 2011 since when we joined our hands to conduct several creative initiatives, such as Reach Into Qatar launched by Rota today. It is really satisfying to see ROTA acting at the same time as Reach Out to Qatar, meeting the development needs of the communities in Qatar and specifically outside Doha…Msheireb Properties, is not only supporting this programme financially; our employees will contribute to the success of this project as volunteers helping their colleagues at ROTA to accomplish the house renovations.’

In addition, Al Buainain stated that the Reach Into Qatar project effectively aligns with their mission is to ‘change the way people think about urban living and improve their overall quality of life, through innovations that encourage social interaction, respect for culture, and greater care for the environment’.

For more information or if you’re interested in volunteering, visit ROTA’s website.