Posted on April 11, 2018

As part of its leading Accessible Qatar initiative, Sasol, the international integrated chemicals and energy company, supported the winter camp of the deaf community in Qatar, which the Qatari Center of Social Cultural for the Deaf (QCSCD) organizes every year for its members. The camp features various sport, cultural, and entertainment activities for the deaf.

The support was provided through Sa'id Al Marri, a member of the deaf community in Qatar and one of three ambassadors of the Accessible Qatar initiative. Sasol launched the ambassadors program last year to empower individuals with disability and help them play an active role in efforts aimed at facilitating accessibility and promoting awareness. The other two ambassadors are Kholoud Abu Sheridah, with visual disability, and Ahmad Al Shahrani, with physical disability. Through the support Sasol extends to them, the ambassadors work to empower their communities, organize activities that serve them, promote the culture of inclusion, and spread awareness about the importance of accessibility in the society.

Sasol provided a large tent that was put up in the camp area where various activities are held. Sasol also offered prizes for 15 competition winners organized in the camp. The prizes were distributed during a visit to the camp by a Sasol senior management team that included Maurice Radebe, Executive Vice President; Phinda Vilakazi, President of GTL Ventures; and Jack Saba, General Manager of Public Affairs. Sasol management spent some time at the camp to learn more about QCSCD and joined the participants in some games and activities before distributing prizes and taking memorial photos.  

QCSCD Chairman Abdullah bin Ibrahim Al Mulla commented: "We thank Sasol for supporting this winter camp and empowering one of our members as an Accessible Qatar Ambassador to serve the deaf community in Qatar. QCSCD is proud of the social, cultural, and sport activities it organizes for its members throughout the year to develop their ideas and cultures, help them assume responsibility for and control of their affairs, and promote a spirit of competition, cooperation, and teamwork among them."

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The camp is usually attended by 50-100 people on daily basis over the camping period. It contains three tents, a volleyball court, a ping pong table, a PlayStation, and other games, in addition to a kitchen, a toilet, an outdoor sitting area, and a large stove for heating.

Phinda Vilakazi commented: "Our visit to the camp taught us a lot about the deaf community as well as the wonderful local traditions and culture. The interaction and joy we saw at the camp strengthened our belief in the importance of an inclusive society, where all people have equal rights to play their roles regardless of their physical abilities. We thank QCSCD for giving us this opportunity and we look forward to further cooperation in the future."

For his part, Jack Saba said: "The Accessible Qatar Ambassadors program proves that positive change can be made not only by large establishments, but also by individuals. This was the idea of the program. We provided material and logistical support for three ambassadors with disabilities and gave them the opportunity to serve their communities, as they know their needs more than any others do. The results were encouraging, and we will proudly continue with this cooperation, hoping Sasol initiatives will motivate individuals and institutions alike."

Sasol's Accessible Qatar initiative is aimed at supporting inclusion and accessibility in the local community. Since the launch of its first initiative Definitely Able in 2012, Sasol made continuous progress in promoting accessibility and addressing issues of inclusion and empowerment of the disabled people in Qatar. Accessible Qatar app, which provides information on accessibility of venues in Qatar, is available for download on Apple, Google, and Microsoft stores.