ROTA's Ramadan Project to renovate Bangladesh school in Abu Hamour

June 18, 2014 - 3:00:01 pm

DOHA: Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) will renovate Bangladesh MHM School in Abu Hamour as part of its Eighth Annual Ramadan Project called ‘Sharing Blessings’, officials announced here Wednesday.

Speaking at media conference held at Qatar Foundation today, ROTA Acting Executive Director Mohamed Al Naama said, "We are engaging ROTA volunteers during the holy month of Ramadan to share their blessings with people in need in our community."

ROTA's Ramadan 2014 Project aims to provide opportunities for volunteering and raise awareness on its values and the concept of community service.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Oxy Qatar) is the exclusive project sponsor for the third consecutive year.

"We are excited to watch our annual Ramadan Volunteer Project reach new heights and grateful for Oxy Qatar’s generous support for this project,"Al Naama said.

The Doha-based non-profit and community development organization’s school renovation project is an addition to its wider Ramadan 2014 volunteer work. This year it expects to help over 1,000 people in Qatar.

Addressing the media conference also , Oxy Qatar General Manager Steve Kelly said, "A number of our employees will volunteer to help in the school renovation and activities at Qatar Foundation for Elderly Care, and for children at Rumailah Hospital and Hamad Hospital."

Oxy-Qatar Deputy General Manager Hassan Al Malki reiterated the company’s support to local communities and its partnership with ROTA.

"As part of Corporate Social Responsibility, Oxy Qatar is always ready to participate in helping the community, be social, arts, culture, music and sports events. We are not just financially supporting this project, but Oxy staff will also do volunteer work."

Speaking to Qatar News Agency (QNA), ROTA Volunteer Programme Manager George Tavola said, "The Ramadan Project to renovate the Bangladesh school this year will involve over 250 volunteers."

ROTA's international wing supports educational, social and community development work in Bangladesh.

"ROTA, in partnership with international NGO Muslim Aid, will launch a vocational education initiative in Dhaka to support vulnerable groups of Bangladeshi youth," said Tavola.

ROTA last year completed a three-year rural vocational education programme in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar, around 150kms away from Chittagong.

"This project provided access to education in an informal setting," he added.

ROTA's data-base includes over 1,000 registered volunteers. (QNA)

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