Posted on December 06, 2014

In celebration of International Volunteer Day 2014 and to highlight its students’ charitable and humanitarian initiatives, Qatar University (QU) held a series of events on December 4, drawing the participation of students across colleges. Led by the organization’s Center for Volunteerism and Civic Responsibility under the theme “Give…for hope”,  the events focused on highlighting student volunteer projects being organized under the Center’s Time Bank, its Bader campaigns, and QU Scouts. 

In the “My Project Experience” activity, students presented on various projects such as a charity car wash by male students and a charity meal initiative by female students under the iCharity program, funds from which will be donated to help countries in need. The event also featured discussion sessions with Mohamed Sadoun Al Kuwari, Adel Lami, Salem Al Jahoushi and Ali El Ghayatheen from Qatar Charity’s “Qalb Wahed”  program, and Ibrahim Seif, Mohamed El Mulla, Salman Youssef, and Mohamed Al Ghamedi  on its “Safari ElKheir” program. 

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They shared their experiences and challenges on their volunteer activities in Yemen and in several countries in Africa, and encouraged the students to play a role in volunteer tourism and to consider getting involved in volunteer activities in foreign countries while experiencing new places, cultures and challenges. Also on the program was a film celebrating the life of Dr Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sumait, world humanitarian and founder of the Kuwait-based Direct Aid organization, who devoted his life to voluntary activities throughout Africa.

Commenting on the event, Center president Mounira Ali said: “We are pleased to organize this event as part of International Volunteer Day with the aim to increasing students’ awareness of the importance of volunteer tourism. This timely event is a great opportunity to engage students in volunteer and social activities that contribute to the development and the growth of Qatar, and to highlight the necessity of addressing problems by finding efficient solutions and offering various services to the community at home and abroad that are less fortunate.”