ROTA Reflects on Ramadan with Volunteers and Partners

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Qatar-based NGO Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) hosted its Ramadan Reflection Event at the Qatar Foundation Clubhouse this week to acknowledge and thank volunteers and partner organizations who participated in their Ramadan 2010 Project. While volunteers received certificates of participation, partners were presented with gifts as tokens of appreciation.

 

ROTA acknowledges volunteers and partners who participated in their Ramadan 2010 Project

Qatar-based NGO Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) hosted its Ramadan Reflection Event at the Qatar Foundation Clubhouse this week to acknowledge and thank volunteers and partner organizations who participated in their Ramadan 2010 Project. While volunteers received certificates of participation, partners were presented with gifts as tokens of appreciation.

For the fourth year, ROTA's annual Ramadan Project offered volunteers and supporters a unique opportunity to participate in this engaging and rewarding volunteer community campaign. The theme of this year's activities was 'Ramadan Traditions Across Asia', chosen to acknowledge ROTA's mandate as well as the diverse communities that reside in Qatar and the wide range of different ages, races and backgrounds found amongst ROTA Volunteers.

ROTA Volunteer Mohammed Abu Jbara said "The (ROTA) Ramadan activity, for me personally the fourth year, is a great experience. To me it means I get the perfect self satisfaction by helping people. That's my personality and that's how I reflect this in my volunteering."

The first activity - packing and distributing bulk groceries to families in need - was conducted in partnership with Amna Bint Wahab Independent Secondary School and the Qatar Diabetes Association. The project also offered Iftar to be shared with community-based organisations, including the Qatar Foundation for Elderly People Care, Qasr Al Sa'adah and the Al Noor Institute. Long-term ROTA partner, THE One home fashion store, also came on board with furniture and technical assistance to provide one family with a house renovation. Lastly, ROTA was very excited to share the joy of Garangaou with children from Hamad Hospital and the Children's Rehabilitation Department of Rumaillah Hospital.

ROTA Volunteer Haneen Suleiman said: "I've participated with ROTA for many years, but this is the first time I've shared Iftar with the Elderly Institute. I enjoyed it so much and had some very interesting conversations with the residents. The atmosphere was joyful and I will definitely join ROTA for any further community visits to this Institute, to visit my friends and meet many others as well".

As part of the project, ROTA recruited volunteer photographers and a videographer to visually record the activities. The short ten-minute film 'My Ramadan' was shown for the first time at the Reflection Event and these talented young artists were given well deserved recognition by ROTA and their peers.

The Ramadan 2010 Project benefitted over 700 people, including more than 110 families and was so successful due to the active and enthusiastic participation of over 150 volunteers and nine partner organizations.

Reem Al Daghma, Community Development Manager of ROTA, said: "We are extremely grateful to our wonderful volunteers for their commitment to help the ROTA Volunteer Program reach out and make a positive impact in the community. They have set a wonderful example for others to follow by devoting their valuable time and efforts to helping others. And of course, none of this would be possible without the generous and continuous support of all of our partners. They demonstrate a great commitment to ROTA and to giving back to the community".

ROTA's 2010 Ramadan Project was sponsored by the Jaidah Group, whose ongoing support provides volunteers with opportunities to assist the community and learn through service.

 


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