With the Holy Month upon us, being charitable becomes evermore important. But whether you’re fasting or not there are some fantastic people doing great things in Qatar and you can quite easily be one of them. Here are just some of the great charities you can contribute to, in Ramadan and beyond…
Reach out to Asia
If there’s one organisation in Qatar that does great things for humanity, it has to be Reach Out To Asia. Under the banner of Qatar Foundation, and guided by chairman HE Sheikha Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani, ROTA is constantly coming up with projects to enhance education and training throughout the whole of Asia. Tey have a pretty extensive volunteer programme as well that encourages Qatar-based citizens to make positive impacts on the less fortunate across Asia. Whether you have time, money or skills, ROTA welcomes anyone to help and on some occasions you may be asked to actually travel to help out where you’re needed.
Everybody needs a bit of hope and even more people need Help, opportunity, Participation and Education, which is exactly what HOPE Qatar stands for. Tis private, non-proft training centre kicked of its activities here in 2005 and ever since then has been offering afordable guidance to any and all children with special needs. Tey are always in need of extra pairs of hands as well so if you have the time, any particular skills or resources that you can spare, the team at HOPE would be more than happy to hear from you. All you have to do is become a member of their online forum, Friends of HOPE.
Qatar Red Crescent Society
If you’re looking to make a serious mark on the world and change it one country at a time then the Qatar Red Crescent Society may be the organisation for you. The international Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are world-famous and we’re lucky to have our very own branch here in Qatar. They workin felds like health, development, migration, disaster management, recovery and many more. There are many ways you can get involved whether it’s donating money, or helping out with admin, or putting your technical or medical skills to good use.
Dogs in Doha
It’s all good to donate time and money to our fellow humans but don’t forget the furry friends among us either! Te team at Dogs in Doha certainly don’t, as they are all volunteers who have set this non-proft organisation up to re-home abandoned or injured dogs and puppies. As a volunteer yourself you can get involved by becoming a foster family or a fight buddy, to take the poor pups out of the country. You can fundraise, or help them with their administration needs. It’s all just a matter of what time you can spare and what skills you can share!
Katrin Scholz-Barth leads Qatar’s eco-warriors in the battle to go green. She does this by presiding over an independent, volunteer-based organisation called Sustainable Qatar. It was frst started in 2008 by a group of dedicated scholars who shared an interest and it has since grown to become one of the leading environmental committees in the country. Tere are many ways you can help out the team at SQ and it most of them don’t even take any time and efort; like living a more eco-friendly life, or following them on social media. But if you want to dedicate more of your time then they’re always looking for people to attend their monthly meetings and/or volunteer!