Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), has unveiled the details of its upcoming Ramadan 2015 Project, ‘Giving Back’.
A press conference was held at the Education City Club House, which was attended by Mohamed Al Naama, Acting Executive Director of ROTA; Stephen Kelly, President and General Manager of Oxy Qatar; and Hassan Al Malki, Deputy General Manager of Oxy Qatar. Al Naama said:
I am thankful to God for giving us the will and strength to give back to our beloved country, Qatar. For the ninth consecutive year, ROTA’s dedicated and growing base of volunteers will give hope to those in need, and give back to the community that has given them so much. I would also like to extend our deepest gratitude to our loyal partner and sponsor, Oxy Qatar, whose generosity in the ROTA activities is behind every smile, helping hand and cherished moment.’
For the fourth consecutive year, Occidental Petroleum of Qatar Ltd (Oxy Qatar) will serve as the project’s exclusive sponsor. Kelly said:
Oxy Qatar is honoured to once again support ROTA’s annual Ramadan Project. This year’s theme of ‘Giving Back’ reflects the true essence and meaning of Ramadan and provides opportunities for volunteers to give back and make a tangible, positive impact on their community. We appreciate ROTA’s dedication and leadership and offer our best wishes for a successful Ramadan 2015 Project.’
The Ramadan Project 2015 consists of four initiatives:
- Package and distribute groceries: ROTA is working with the Social Development Centre (SDC), to identify families in need for the distribution of bulk groceries. Over 200 families, both locals and expatriates, will receive packages groceries as well as grocery shopping vouchers from ROTA for the month of Ramadan.
- Garangaou with unwell children at hospitals: For the Garangaou events, volunteers will join and spend time with children at Hamad Pediatric Leukemia Unit and Al Wakra Hospital.
- Community iftars: ROTA volunteers will share an Iftar with the residents of Qatar Foundation for Elderly People Care, and another at Rumailah Hospital’s Residential Care Compound. They will additionally host special Iftars for over 200 labourers of the Doha, Al Shamal and Al Khor Municipalities.
- School renovation: ROTA volunteers will help renovate an educational institution on the grounds of the Pakistan Education Centre, which consists of three to four class rooms with no more than 100 students of all ages, who have been out of school for many years. This will be a six-day project towards the end of June.
This year’s programme is expected to directly benefit over 1,000 individuals and eight institutions across Qatar.
ROTA supports QF’s mission to unlock the potential of youth leaders to build strong, sustainable communities. Its Ramadan initiative aims to raise local awareness of the value of volunteerism and community service, and is in-line with the Human and Social Development Pillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030.
For the ninth consecutive year, ROTA’s annual Ramadan project provides opportunities for volunteers in Qatar to help others and give back to their community. By volunteering, local residents in Qatar will participate in ROTA’s Ramadan community-based activities inside and outside Doha. Volunteers have also been recruited for the Ramadan 2015 Project through the recently-launched TAMM Volunteer Network. More than 300 volunteers have been recruited for ROTA’s Ramadan Project 2015 and have recently attended ROTA’s Ramadan Volunteer Orientation to learn about the initiative and to sign up.