Posted on December 19, 2010

Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) has received its largest corporate donation after Vodafone Qatar gave the educational development charity US$2,500,000 (QR9,000,000) to support projects in Nepal, Indonesia and Qatar, the partners announced during a Doha press conference.

Guided by Chairperson Her Excellency Sheikha Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani, Reach Out To Asia is a non-profit, non-governmental organization built on the principle that every man, woman and child in Asia should have access to quality education, regardless of age, gender or circumstance.

"Vodafone’s donation to Reach Out To Asia will strengthen Qatar’s efforts to build the capacity of Asian schools and educational facilities. We are proud to support Qatar’s commitment to improve the delivery of education for many thousands of children and countless communities," said Vodafone Qatar HR Director Jan Mottram

The Vodafone-ROTA partnership represents a full commitment from Qatar’s leading mobile phone operator to support the delivery of all three ROTA projects. Every month a joint steering committee will review project progress while Vodafone executives and staff will visit project schools to share their knowledge and expertise with ROTA project managers.

“We want the whole Vodafone family to be fully engaged in each project. As well as donating money to a life-changing effort as Education For All, Vodafone employees will be volunteering to get involved in all the initiatives and will regularly be informed of progress,” added Mottram.

In Indonesia, the Vodafone-ROTA project ‘Improving Access to Quality Education in Yogyakarta’ plans to radically upgrade the quality of education for 72,000 students and 11,200 teachers from 200 schools in Central Java.

‘Improvements in Yogyakarta’ will achieve success through a capacity building project at the SMK 1 ROTA Bayat school, a Teacher Quality Improvement (TQI) Program and a Scholarship Program to provide students from low income families with the financial and psychological support to pursue their education.

Meanwhile Improving Quality of Education and Building Disaster Resilience in Schools‘, to be implemented in 157 schools in Nepal’s Kailali district, will save over 100 lives in times of severe flooding as all schools are equipped with First Aid and Search & Rescue equipment.

In addition, the Vodafone-ROTA partnership means almost 300,000 people from marginalized caste/ethnic groups and families below Nepal’s national poverty line will benefit from improvements in the education infrastructure.

Kailali schools involved in the project will receive extra teachers, separate toilets for boys and girls, clean drinking water and free education for half the schools.

"This generous gift from Vodafone Qatar will be put to very good use in our efforts to provide education for all in Nepal, Indonesia and Qatar," said Acting ROTA Director Essa Al Mannai.

“These are long-term projects that require commitment and goodwill. We thank Vodafone for their generous support and we look forward to working together to improve the lives of many thousands of children."

Vodafone’s record breaking US$2,500,000 ROTA donation also benefits the youth of Qatar with significant investment in the educational charity’s ROTA Youth Service Clubs.

Currently there are seven ROTA Youth Service Clubs and Vodafone Qatar funds will allow ROTA to expand by establishing between 15 and 20 clubs by 2011 to educate, engage and encourage all sectors of the community to participate in the spirit of volunteerism and community work both inside and outside Qatar.