Posted on April 17, 2011

The first year of Vodafone Qatar’s World of Difference programme has successfully concluded with all its protagonists, project leaders and volunteers gathering to celebrate their achievements. World of Difference was launched in 2010 giving 4 people the opportunity to receive funding for 12 months to undertake projects to help the community in  Qatar.

“World of difference is an innovative way to give back to the society by helping and enabling others to make a difference. We are willing to develop social entrepreneurs to do good. It offers an ideal opportunity to help others while gaining valuable life and work experience’ said Luisa Gentile, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Vodafone Qatar.

This year’s World of Difference projects were:

Girls on the Go- A youth development programme led by Margaret Gigliotti which aims to educate, motivate and inspire preteen girls (ages 8-12) to live a healthy lifestyle. It is an after school program that meets once a week to prepare these girls in mind, body and spirit headed. Several schools participated in the programme including Qatar Academy, The American School of Doha, Doha College, and Compass International School. International School of London, Hyatt Universal School, Doha Home Educators and The Montessori British School, with around 200 girls overall involved and over 24 women trained as volunteer coaches.

See The Other Side - managed by Qatari university student, Mohammed Fahad Kamal aimed to raise students’ awareness in Education City Universities of the top issues and challenges that disadvantaged families face in the Naaja area of Qatar and get them to take action. See The Other Side will now become a club under ROTA YOUTH SERVICE CLUB

Impacting Lives- Qatar university teacher Giovanni Espinal, designed “Impacting lives” for low and semiskilled workers who are in great need of information relevant to everyday living in Qatar. Students were asked to attend four Fridays and by the end of the training they obtained a certificate to validate their time and effort. The total number of students that attended and finished the programme: 207/246 = 84% graduation rate.

Language Bridges, headed by Julie Zawadzki of Faj International, provides free basic English literacy courses to expat worker. The classes, held in labour camps and site offices, are taught by a team of young, enthusiastic volunteers from several Qatar universities including Carnegie Mellon University.

The next World of Difference programme will be announced this year during Ramadan and people will be able to submit their project ideas online at Regular updates will be posted on Facebook at