Posted on July 01, 2015

Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), has continued its busy Ramadan 2015 Project activities by organising two community Iftars for workers in Al Khor and Al Shamal.

Al Khor Municipality labourers enjoyed the first Iftar, whilst the second iftar was held for workers in the Al Shamal Municipality. On both occasions, around 30 ROTA volunteers and 80 workers attended the Iftars, which were funded by Occidental Petroleum Corporation, the exclusive sponsor of ROTA’s Ramadan 2015 Project. As a member of QF, ROTA believes in the importance of unlocking human potential as well as the development and power of human capacities. Its Ramadan initiative aims to raise local awareness of the value of volunteerism and community service, and is in-line with the Human and Social Development Pillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030.

ROTA volunteers host Iftars 2 [].jpgIn addition, ROTA’s community Iftars present a unique opportunity for volunteers to actively engage with labourers and, through open and respectful communication, learn about their lives and families while sharing their own stories. Moreover, the symbolic act of sharing Iftar represents a gesture of gratitude and acknowledgement of these labourers for their hard work and contribution to Qatari society. ROTA activities have an established reputation for bridging the gaps between different communities in Qatar while building a strong culture of dedicated community service among volunteers.

ROTA volunteers host Iftars 3 [].jpgMr Essa Al Mannai, ROTA’s Executive Director, said: “For the ninth year in row, Reach Out to Asia continues to extend assistance to local communities and workers in recognition of their contribution to the prosperity of our society. I always thank Allah for the enthusiasm and commitment of ROTA’s volunteers who share a common interest in giving back and are aware of the importance of engaging with all segments of society.”

Al Mannai added: “I would like to thank the Municipalities’ officials, who helped and cooperated with us to reward these workers. I would also like to extend my sincere thanks to Occidental Petroleum Corporation, our exclusive sponsor for our Ramadan 2015 Project, who has been an invaluable partner over the past four years in supporting ROTA’s community development initiatives.”

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