The community of students, professors, and nurses at the University of Calgary in Qatar (UCQ) together donated a large quantity of various school supplies and toys to children living in refugee camps in Jordan. The supplies sent to the children included chalkboards, notebooks, storybooks, pencils, backpacks, games and more. The UCQ aid donation, aimed at contributing to global relief efforts for Iraqi and Syrian refugee children, was organised in coordination with DHL Express Qatar, which collected and shipped the materials free of charge under its GoTeach ‘Back to School Drive’ programme.

Lucille Wittstock, Associate Dean (Academic) at UCQ, noted:

University of Calgary in Qatar has a very diverse community of students, faculty and staff from Qatar and all over the world. One attribute we all share is our eagerness to make a positive difference for those in need. Collaborating with engaged local organisations like DHL to support such a worthy cause dovetails with the nursing profession’s intent of improving lives.’

School bags, stationary supplies, and toys donated at UCQ were shipped by DHL to refugee children between the ages of 2 and 18 in Jordan. The United Nations Refugee Agency, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), recently estimated the number of refugees in Jordan at over 600,000.

Nael Attiyat, Country Manager at DHL Express Qatar, said:

DHL supports relief efforts around the globe by leveraging its logistics expertise, network, and employee commitment to humanitarian causes. DHL Express Qatar is grateful for the generous donations of UCQ’s nurses, students, faculty and staff that, through its GoTeach programme, will be given to those in need of educational material.’

UCQ also spearheads initiatives that contribute to community health in Qatar. This fall, the university’s nursing students are creating and implementing health and wellness projects to benefit 400 predominantly Qatari students of Awsaj Academy, a school for children with learning challenges. The student body is also very active outside the classroom, with many participating in UCQ clubs that organize environmental, health, and humanitarian efforts.

University of Calgary in Qatar, Qatar’s exclusive provider of nursing education, develops the country’s nursing leaders in its undergraduate and graduate programmes. In November 2015, UCQ will graduate 76 students from its Bachelor of Nursing (BN) programmes. An additional nine students will graduate from the Master of Nursing (MN) programme, becoming the first MN graduates educated in Qatar, for Qatar.