Rota reaches into Qatar

May 23, 2014 - 5:02:38 am
FROM LEFT: Hazem R Idriss, Volunteer Programme Specialist, Community Development Department; Rota National Programmes Director Mohamed Abdullah Saleh; and Fahad Al Buainain, Msheireb Properties Communication and Public Relations Officer, during a press conference at Rota’s head office yesterday. Abdul Basit

DOHA: Four homes outside Doha will benefit this year from Reach Out To Asia’s (Rota) “Reach Into Qatar” pilot project, which does full renovation of houses for families in need.

In its pilot year, the quarterly volunteer-led initiative starts today with 25 Qatari girl volunteers from secondary schools doing basic renovation work for a house in Sailiyya.

The girl volunteers will be working until tomorrow, and another team of boys will finish renovation work, installing furniture and electrical appliances next Friday and Saturday. Rota has involved 50 secondary and university student volunteers aged 16 to 26 for this house renovation project.

The project involves total renovation, including cleaning out the house, scraping, plastering and painting walls, beautification of the interiors and the exterior, as well as assembly and installation of new furniture. The first house to undergo renovation will also see the installation of a small swimming pool, a playground and a sitting area for the family, said Hazem R Idriss, Rota Volunteer Programme Specialist, Community Development Department.

Furthermore, Rota is working with Qatar Foundation’s Facilities Management Directorate, which will provide maintenance support for the renovation of each house.

Houses in Dukhan, Al Shamal and Al Wakra will benefit from the next three renovation works this year.

While the majority of Rota’s international work focuses on countries in Asia and the Middle East, this project was developed by Rota’s National Program Department to specifically extend assistance to communities in Qatar outside Doha.

“Launching the Reach Into Qatar volunteer project is yet another step towards achieving Rota’s main objective of educating, engaging and encouraging all sectors of the community to participate in the spirit of volunteerism and community work both inside and outside Qatar,” said Rota National Programmes Director Mohamed Abdullah Saleh.

“Our Reach Into Qatar Project is a true manifestation of Rota’s social responsibility and willingness to strengthen the bonds between different elements in society, and particularly with disadvantaged families and those with special needs. With generous financial sponsorship from Msheireb, Rota will again look to make a positive impact in many lives”, concluded Saleh.

Sponsored by Msheireb Properties, the Reach Into Qatar volunteer project will run for four years, and in its pilot year has a budget of QR500,000.

Fahad Al Buainain, Msheireb Properties Communication and Public Relations Officer, said, “Msheireb Properties is not only supporting this programme financially; our employees will contribute to the success of this project as volunteers helping their colleagues at Rota to accomplish the house renovations. This is in line with Msheireb’s vision of society development”.