In recognition of its growing community, INJAZ Qatar, a non-profit organization and affiliate of Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide, hosted its 5th annual appreciation lunch for its corporate volunteers and school partners on Thursday May 24th.
Organized annually in recognition to the many volunteers who are key to the growth and development of INJAZ, the luncheon was attended by INJAZ Founder and Board Member, Sheikha Hanadi Nasser Bin Khaled Al Thani. Board members including Barton Cahir, President and General Manager of Exxon Mobil Qatar Inc., Sheikh Saud Bin Nasser Al Thani, CEO of Qtel, and Ashraf Abu Issa, Chairman of Abu Issa Holding and winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2011, were also present at the event.
Commenting on the occasion, Sheikha Hanadi Nasser Bin Khaled Al Thani said, “This year marks our fifth strong presence in Qatar – a milestone we are extremely proud of. We are working with over 20 schools, running 8 programs and are supported by 107 volunteers. INJAZ’s mission and vision is centered around providing a better future for tomorrow’s leaders and with the support of our growing network of partners, we continue to seek new ventures to spread our message to the entire Arab world.”
This year INJAZ Qatar retained 28% of volunteers with 37% being second and third timer volunteers, out of which 26% are Qataris. The event awarded Nizar Issa, from Yashfeen Medical Center, who volunteered for five consecutive years, and also has been providing regular support to INJAZ as a back-up volunteer.
Tomooh on the other hand, a volunteer organization founded by Mohammed Al Najjar, has provided INJAZ Qatar with over 20 volunteers since April 2011 and continues to invest in INJAZ’s success.
The academic year 2011-2012 has seen 23 new companies partner with the organisation, bringing the total number of partnering companies to 39. This growth allows for INJAZ Qatar to reach out to and deliver its courses to more schools, reaching over 3,000 students. This covers 2 universities and 20 independent schools since 2007 with the latest school being Al Rayyan Independent School for Girls, which recently won two awards at the Mubadara awards.
Aysha Al Mudehki, INJAZ Qatar Executive Director said in her opening speech, “We are grateful to our volunteers who make it possible to deliver our programs to eager young students. It is because of our 107 committed volunteers that we were able to deliver our programs to 3000 students this year. The support we have received from all of our partners, schools and volunteers has been central to INJAZ’s growing success.”
INJAZ reinforced the importance of the role played by all its partner companies that provide corporate volunteers and sponsor significant projects, all of which allow INJAZ to broaden its scope and reach.
INJAZ Qatar is a non-profit organization and affiliate of Junior Achievement (JA), which facilitates ties between private businesses and schools allowing executives from different partner companies to teach the INJAZ curricula at various independent local, middle and secondary schools and Qatar University.
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