H E Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani during the Cambodia reflection event.
DOHA: It was a life changing experience for the female volunteers who recently returned from a trip to Cambodia organised by Reach Out To Asia (Rota).
“Visiting Cambodia has changed me. I have come back to Doha knowing I need to do something. I must let people know about the important work Rota is doing to create a better future for thousands of Asian children, and how they can get involved in this work,” said Sara Ibrahim Al Housani, one of the volunteers.
Sara shared her thoughts about their eight-day long volunteer trip during a reflection event yesterday at the Museum of Islamic Art auditorium attended by volunteers, parents and school officials involved in the visit.
“The school in Cambodia was truly wonderful. The pupils could not have been any more polite and willing to share with us. By the end I made many friends and I have remained in touch with them since arriving home. Thank you Rota, the experience was everything I hoped for and more,” Shaikha Shafeea Al Marri, another student volunteer said at the reflection event.
The volunteers were students of Al Bayan Independent Secondary School for Girls, Al Sailiyah Independent Secondary School for Girls, the Qatar Independent School and the Amna Bint Wahab Independent Secondary School for Girls. During their visit, the all-female volunteer group hosted workshops for 150 students at the new Rota-funded and supported Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen – Rota – Khsach Kandal General and Technical High School.
In addition, the Rota volunteers raised funds to present to the Phnom Penh Dubai Islamic School with learning materials, books, and helped distribute basic food supplies to 200 local families.
Congratulating volunteers for their commendable service, Rota Chairperson, H E Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani said, “I would like to thank you, on behalf of Rota, for playing a role in fulfilling our goal of “Education for all. The impact that you have left on the local community in Cambodia will be felt for many generations to come.”
She added: “Through trips to Pakistan, Nepal, Indonesia as well as Cambodia, Rota has created a movement of volunteers and responsible global citizens within Qatar who make a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of communities across Asia. Rota believes our youth must look beyond the privileges available at home if they are to enhance our country’s reputation and its position in the world.”
“Even though previous trips were hugely successful, this year was especially rewarding because we were able to send our second all-female group of Independent School student volunteers to see Rota’s educational and community development work for themselves, as well as experience the reality of life for young people in Cambodia,” said Rota Director Essa Al Mannai.