Reach Out To Asia delivers Iftar Meals during Ramadan

Summary: 
Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), as part of its ongoing Ramadan Program, continues with the distribution of hot Iftar meals to support families within the local community. A total of 15 families have been identified to benefit from this initiative. Each family receives 10 Iftar meals over 12 days spanning the entire month of Ramadan.

Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), as part of its ongoing Ramadan Program, continues with the distribution of hot Iftar meals to support families within the local community.

A total of 15 families have been identified to benefit from this initiative. Each family receives 10 Iftar meals over 12 days spanning the entire month of Ramadan.

Matthew Kay, Park House English School teacher, commented: "Our students love this program and working with Reach Out To Asia; they're really keen. They love getting involved. It's really positive and a great opportunity for young people to get out there and help. Having been involved with ROTA for so long, we're beginning to see more and more interest from students throughout the school."

In keeping with the spirit of Ramadan, over 15 ROTA volunteers from all walks of life, including schoolchildren, gathered diligently and helped with the packing and distribution of over 1800 Iftar meals. The volunteers were taught how to prepare the foods hygienically and safely; with all teams wearing hairnets, aprons and gloves.

Feras Abdul-Majid , a volunteer from Qatar Leadership Academy, spoke of his experience with the Ramadan Program: " It was the second day of Ramadan (Friday), when my fellow cadets and I from (Qatar Leadership Academy) had volunteered to help out at one of the ROTA organizations for the Ramadan program. It was an experience that made us feel very helpful to those who are in need, and at the same time, made us appreciate what we have. It was also an experience that we would never regret. Waking up at 10:00am during Ramadan, we worked for 5 hours while fasting, moving from one place to another and filling up boxes. After doing those 5 hours on Friday, we decided to even fill in another 5 hours on Saturday. After the 10 hours of work, I felt that I had done service to these people, and that gave me even more satisfaction because I was fasting and working at the same time. "

Omnia Nour, Director at ROTA, said: "The holy month of Ramadan reflects everything associated with caring and spreading goodwill, it is important that the project reflects this too. As Iftar is a very significant element during Ramadan, we felt that offering hot Iftar Meals to help people who are less fortunate than us during this holy time was essential."

Volunteers associate, Rasha Abu Sada, stated: " We are trying to encourage relationships in Qatar's communities, by working with locals and expatriates, by focusing on youth and by giving them a chance to communicate with their community by giving their time as a volunteer. We believe that the long term benefit is to encourage a volunteering spirit and raise awareness of the importance of it in the Qatari community. At the same time, the short term benefits from what we are doing in Ramadan is: to educate a new generation on how to use their time in helping others and to learn that giving money is not the only way to help; there are different ways to share and give."

Omnia added: "At ROTA, we constantly strive to unify humanitarian efforts by offering extensive support to those who need it. This program also offers our volunteers an opportunity to connect and help others, in keeping with the spirit of Ramadan."

The project has been made possible with the generous backing of many Organizations and Institutions, out of which M/s. Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros, Co., WLL needs special mention, who have supported the project with a contribution of QR100,000/-.

For further details on the ROTA initiatives during Ramadan, send an email to rota@qf.org.qa, or phone 480 0296.

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