ROTA raises funds for children to support educational projects in Nepal, Yemen, Lebanon, Palestine and Pakistan
Doha, Qatar - 6 July, 2014
Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), Qatar's leading non-profit education and community development organization, today announced the launch of its "My Education... My Hope" fundraising Campaign, part of its overall Ramadan 2014 campaign alongside the support of volunteers and community partners.
"This Ramadan ROTA is asking the Qatar community to think about growing up without access to educational facilities, projects and resources. The purpose of this initiative is to help raise awareness and funds for children in Palestine, Yemen, Pakistan and Nepal, as well as Syrian refuges in Lebanon. Our aim is to secure a better future and provide hope to these vulnerable children to ensure they can receive support for their educational needs. Together with our valued volunteers and esteemed partners, ROTA will once again make a difference to disadvantaged communities in all of our neighbouring countries during the Holy Month of Ramadan," said ROTA's Executive Director, Essa Al Manaai.
A station at Villagio Mall will allow the local community, corporate partners and governmental bodies to contribute and engage with ROTA to learn more its initiatives, and to celebrate the Holy Month of Ramadan with the ROTA team. Bracelets will also be sold as part of the fundraising initiative for 15 QAR at Virgin Mega Stores and all Manaa stores stores for the public to share and support ROTA's spirit of Ramadan.
ROTA will be raising funds and implementing educational projects across five neighbouring countries this Ramadan, including;
· Lebanon; ROTA will be providing community based education opportunities to over 2,000 children affected by the Syrian crisis in Tripoli and Akkar, ensuring the promise of education will not be lost to this generation. ROTA will work with local communities to recruit, train and develop local teachers' skills and provide schools with essential new furniture and heating equipment. Education plays a critical role in providing these vulnerable children with safe spaces for learning and provides a sense of normalcy, stability and hope.
· Palestine; ROTA will contribute to developing and upgrading the educational sector in West Bank through the expansion of educational facilities, promoting vocational training and culture of reading, as well as developing the skills of teachers and students alike.
· Yemen; ROTA will work to develop young entrepreneurial and self-employment skills to provide essential training for future employment. The project will harness existing local resources and offer access to information and support services, with the intention of delivering better economic opportunities to the local youth.
· Nepal; ROTA will implement an on-going project for rural communities through the provision of Community Library & Resource Centers, as well as relevant life and education training, with a focus on engaging and empowering the Nepalese youth. 50,000 children will benefit from the project aiming to improve the quality of education facilities and resources, advocating innovative on the ground solutions.
Pakistan; Over the next three years, ROTA will provide girls in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with access to i formal education above primary level by modelling community based education through evening schools.
For more information on how to get involved, become a ROTA partner or make a donation, please visit: www.reachouttoasia.org/en/donation
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Reach Out To Asia is a non-profit organization launched in December 2005 in Doha, Qatar, by Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. Operating under the auspices of the Qatar Foundation, ROTA is committed to providing high quality and relevant primary and secondary education, encouraging relationships among communities, creating safe learning environments and restoring education in crisis affected areas across Asia and around the world. ROTA envisions a world, where all young people have access to the education they need in order for them to realize their full potential and shape the development of their communities.
Further information on Reach Out To Asia can be found at www.reachouttoasia.org
About Qatar Foundation
Founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, and chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser, Qatar Foundation is a private, non-profit organization committed to the principle that a nation's greatest natural resource is its people. The headquarters of Qatar Foundation are located within its flagship project, Education City. A fourteen million square-metre campus, Education City is home to numerous progressive learning institutions and centers of research, including branch campuses of six of the world's leading universities, plus a cutting-edge science and technology park. Qatar Foundation also works to enhance the quality of life in Qatar by investing in 'Education, Science and Technology and Community Health and Development'.
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