DOHA: Reach Out To Asia Qatar (Rota) raised QR161,000 for its ‘My Education… My Hope’ campaign during its third Suhoor fundraiser at Qatar Foundation Student Centre on Monday.
Thirty-three artworks were sold during a silent auction at the event featuring drawings by Doha-based artist Ben Barbour, photographs by Faisal Adama, Aisha Ghanem Al Attiya, Khalid Al Muslimeni and paintings by world renowned Arab artist Sabah Arbili.
Dr Sheikha Aisha bint Faleh bin Nasser Al Thani, Board Member, Rota, said: “We would like to thank our sponsors and partners for their generosity that contributed to yesterday’s event. We would also like to thank all talented local artists for their wonderful pieces of art. Their contributions have helped us raise financial support for the urgently needed educational projects for the most vulnerable in our five neighbouring countries.”
Essa Al Mannai, Executive Director, Rota, said: “It is an honour to see our local artists put in so much dedication and commitment to help support the campaign. The initiative embodies our continuous efforts to provide access to quality education for those in need; the campaign’s name reflects our deep belief that education leads to a feeling of hope for those affected and a way towards achieving confidence and aspirations personally and professionally. I’m proud of our local community and I believe with their support, Rota will once again make a difference to disadvantaged communities in our neighbouring countries during Ramadan.”
The campaign offers people in Qatar the opportunity to give the gift of education to children in the most vulnerable communities in Palestine, Yemen, Pakistan and Nepal, as well as Syrian refuges in Lebanon.
In Lebanon, Rota will provide community-based education opportunities for over 2,000 children affected by the Syrian crisis in Tripoli and Akkar. It will develop the educational sector in West Bank in Palestine by expanding of facilities, promoting vocational training and culture of reading, and developing skills of teachers and students.
In Yemen, Rota will develop young entrepreneurial and self-employment skills as training for future employment, while in Nepal it will implement a project for rural communities through community library and resource centres, as well as life and education training, with a focus on youth empowerment.
Over the next three years, Rota will also provide girls in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, with access to formal education above primary level. The Peninsula