Posted on October 03, 2013

Occidental Petroleum of Qatar Ltd. (Oxy Qatar) has donated 1,232,000 QAR (US$338,000) to Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) as part of Oxy Qatar’s  partnership with QRC to support economic and social empowerment projects. The contribution will provide food vouchers for 54 needy families.

The overall goal of Oxy Qatar’s partnership with QRC is to help improve the wellbeing of the less fortunate and provide them with tools they can use to maintain happy, healthy and productive lives.

Mr. Saleh Bin Ali Al-Mohannadi, Secretary General–Qatar Red Crescent, praised the effort by Oxy Qatar and called on all businesses to exercise their corporate social responsibility to the communities in which they operate through generous donations that support various QRC projects to help the less fortunate.

“I would like to stress that one of the values and directives of Qatar Red Crescent is to promote a sense of social responsibility in all sectors of business and give them the opportunity to apply their humanitarian orientation on the ground,” Mr.Mohannadi said.

On the role of QRC in economic and social empowerment, Mr. Mohannadicommented:“Qatar Red Crescent plays a significant role in supporting and empowering the needy families in Qatar, creating and enabling an environment for the integration of marginalized and vulnerable groups in society. QRC implemented a range of humanitarian projects to support and empower the disadvantaged groups through financial assistance and projects including educational support to children of needy families, funding treatment of needy patients, professional empowerment of women, and other projects.”

More than 10,000 people in Qatar benefited from QRC’s economic and social empowerment projects in the year 2012-2013.

Mr. Stephen Kelly, President and General Manager of Oxy Qatar, said: “Oxy is proud to continue its partnership with Qatar Red Crescent, providing support in the area of social and economic empowerment.Our goal at Oxy is to build positive, enduring relationships with organizations that can make a real difference in people’s lives, and Qatar Red Crescent is doing exactly that. They have demonstrated a capability to reach the most vulnerable and needy groups with their excellent programs.It is gratifying to assist in this important effort.”

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