The homes of two disadvantaged families in Doha underwent ‘makeover’ renovations and were given a fresh look thanks to volunteers taking part in Reach Out To Asia’s (ROTA) Ramadan 2012 Project, sponsored by Oxy Qatar.
During two 5-day renovations, which started on 22nd and 29th July respectively, teams of ROTA Volunteers rolled up their sleeves to devote six hours a day to give both homes a complete ROTA Home Makeover.
A well-established activity of ROTA’s 6th Annual Ramadan Project, , the ROTA Home Makeover saw volunteers carrying out essential maintenance and repairs, painting and assembling and installing new furniture to transform each house into a new family home.
Long established ROTA partner, THE One Furniture Store, also provided volunteers during the two weeks and generously donated furniture for both houses. ROTA was also very happy to collaborate with Qatar Foundation’s Facilities Management Directorate who provided much valued expertise from engineers, architects and contractors to contribute to large-scale repair work to the two houses.
One of the families involved explained how excited they are by the prospect of their ‘new’ home. “We can never repay the generosity shown to us by ROTA. Our family simply could not afford to do the work the ROTA volunteers are doing. Now we will have a home to be proud of.”
ROTA volunteers gathered at 8:00am each day and began by cleaning walls and repairing roofs and floors. After taking a well-deserved break, they continued by painting the walls and decorating the houses. Finally the new furniture was delivered whereupon volunteers assembled and installed it and the ROTA Home Makeovers were complete.
ROTA volunteer Horia Essa Al-Shraim commented on her involvement in the project: “I have always believed in giving back to our communities and was excited to help a family in need of a better home. WhenROTA asked for volunteers for its Ramadan 2012 Project, I was ready to take on the challenge of renovating a home in one week for a deserving family.”
“Renovating and redecorating the homes is a great opportunity for us to do something that really makes a difference to the quality of life for people who are less fortunate,” says ROTA Managing Director Mr. Essa Al Mannai.
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