Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) has launched its Ramadan 2013 Project sponsored for the second consecutive year by oil and gas producer Occidental Petroleum of Qatar Ltd (Oxy Qatar).

ROTA logoROTA Executive Director Essa Al Mannai said:

The holy month of Ramadan is a blessing for the whole of mankind. Ramadan reminds people to think about poverty and hardship and reflect on how we can share resources with those people less fortunate than us.Together with our volunteers and partners, ROTA will once again make a difference to disadvantaged communities in Qatar during Ramadan.’

With the support of volunteers and community partners, this Ramadan Project will be the seventh year of the annual campaign. With the holy month fast approaching, ROTA volunteers will be busy packing bulk groceries before distributing supplies of rice, oil, milk, flour and other basic food items to families in need. Now a traditional event in its annual community development calendar, ROTA introduced its first Ramadan Project back in 2007 and has so far helped hundreds of families and individuals during the holy month.

Supported by its corporate partners, ROTA volunteers will be renovating the homes of two families in need with both family homes benefitting from a house ‘makeover’ including home maintenance, repainting and new furniture.

According to George Tavola, Volunteer Programme Manager at ROTA, the non-profit organisation will be hosting three Community Iftar events during Ramadan with community-based institutions who work with people with special needs.

Oxy Qatar President and General Manager, Stephen Kelly, said:

It is a privilege to support ROTA once again in its Ramadan 2013 Project. One of the focus areas of Oxy Qatar’s social responsibility programme is to engage with communities to help improve the lives of the less fortunate. Our partnership with ROTA exemplifies this commitment. We strongly encourage Oxy employees and the public to get involved in the activities being planned.’

Hasan Mohammed Al Malki, Deputy General Manager of Oxy Qatar, assured the participation of Oxy staff in ROTA’s Ramadan activities. He also said:

We are honoured to participate in ROTA’s volunteers’ project for the second year in a row. We are delighted to be part of the charitable initiative that aims to develop the community.’

ROTA volunteers will be celebrating the joy of Garangao — a festival marked uniquely by children in the Gulf countries — with the Children’s Rehabilitation Centre and the Hamad Hospital Pediatric Unit.

For more information, visit ROTA’s website or the ROTA Facebook page.