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Gulf Charity and Volunteer Groups List 2016

Ramadan is here again, it’s a time for reflecting on many aspects of our lives and self-development but more importantly, a time for giving. No matter how small or big a gesture, where you are or what you do, there are many ways you can get involved in charitable activities during the Holy Month.

 

Qatar

Reach Out to Asia (ROTA) 
A charity founded in Qatar in 2005, whose goal is to provide Asia with quality educational opportunities. They promote global responsibility for basic primary education by expanding early childhood care and education. The charity promotes the learning of life skills for both young children and adults. By 2015, ROTA wishes to ensure free primary education, improve adult literacy by 50 percent, and eliminate gender disparities.

ROTA offers different volunteer opportunities at different projects, and internship programs. You can either choose on all their programs or be more selective. You can volunteer on various levels, whether doing your own work, or with others, do hands-on work, or work on an administrative and support level.

Their programs and activities include:

* Ramadan Projects*

* ROTAQ (Reach Out to Asia – Qatar) Community Impact Days

* ROTA Work Experience Initiative

* Youth Training and Lecture Series

* Volunteer Field Trips

The highlight activity of this month is the Ramadan Project which involves the volunteers to reach out to the local communities and the needy in many ways such as; packing and delivering essential foods to families, packing and delivering Iftar meals, community visits to hospital, the elderly and the special needs children. In addition, volunteers along with ROTA, get to host an amazing Garangaou event; a very special occasion for the children of Qatar to celebrate this important cultural festival.

Give a helping hand by donating online or by volunteering and making a difference in someone’s life!

Qatar Charity (QC)
QC one of the largest charities in the Gulf, it’s activities have covered over 40 countries worldwide. Its mission is to support the needy, promote and provide education to children and offer Waqf. Its activities and programs include; Seasonal Ramadan projects: Iftar banquets for the poor and needy families, Ramadan gifts for orphans, food supply coupons for the needy. Cash, furniture, and clothing donations are accepted year-round.

Qatar Orphan Foundation (Dhreima) 
Also known as Dhreima, it is one of the best organizations in the Arab world providing care and accommodation for orphans and the like children. Its main goals is to care for the orphans in their State of Qatar, through providing sufficient service to ensure a decent life. In addition, they emphasize on creating awareness among the Qatari society on issues of orphans and correct misconception regarding them.

Dhreima offers volunteer opportunities and orphan sponsorship programs. Brighten a child’s life by being a part of their life, whether it’s for a mere few hours or a life tie.

Eid Charity 
Eid Charity offers seasonal Ramadan projects: Iftar banquets for the poor and needy families, Ramadan gifts for orphans, food supply coupons for the needy. Cash, furniture, and clothing donations are accepted year-round.

Qatar Red Crescent Society 

The Red Crescent is an international organization with local offices; they offer many different opportunities to get involved including volunteering, donating, employment, and getting your corporation involved.

 

Saudi Arabia

World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) 
Mosque Building Projects

Saudi Red Crescent Society 

The Red Crescent is an international organization with local offices; they offer many different opportunities to get involved including volunteering, donating, employment, and getting your corporation involved.

 

Bahrain

Bahrain Red Crescent Society 

The Red Crescent is an international organization with local offices; they offer many different opportunities to get involved including volunteering, donating, employment, and getting your corporation involved.

Migrant Worker Protection Society
Help and protect the rights of foreign workers in Bahrain.

Bahrain Society for Children with Behavioral and Communication Difficulties 
The mission of the Bahrain Society for Children with Behavioral and Communication Difficulties is to promote lifelong access and opportunity for all individuals with the behavioral and communication difficulties, and their families, to be fully participating, included members of their community. Education, active public awareness and the promotion of research form the cornerstones of the society’s efforts to carry forth its mission.

 

UAE

Emirates Red Crescent Society

The Red Crescent is an international organization with local offices; they offer many different opportunities to get involved including volunteering, donating, employment, and getting your corporation involved.

Water for Workers

Organized by The Sameness Project, Water for Workers meets on Saturdays to distribute water to street works in Dubai. Follow their Instagram to find out about their Ramadan initiatives.

The Family Village

An initiative from the UAE to provide a stable and loving environment for orphans and children in need, donate or volunteer for this initiative.

 

Kuwait

Zakat House 
Founded in 1982, the Zakat House continues to be Kuwait’s prominent charitable foundation.

Kuwait Red Crescent Society 
The Kuwait Red Crescent Society is a voluntary humanitarian society providing help and assistance to the most vulnerable people without any discrimination as to nationality, gender, color, race or religious and political beliefs.

 

Oman

Animal Rescue Centre
A newly formed group of volunteers who aim to improve animal welfare in Oman. They offer a feral cat neutering program to help control the population and try to re-home unwanted cats and dogs. There are plans to open kennels in the near future to house the animals waiting for homes. Donations are always gratefully received, as is assistance with fostering and fundraising. Contact 92 501 366 for information on how you can help.

Down Syndrome Support Group
A support group (affiliated to the Association of Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs) for parents of children with Down Syndrome. Meetings are held weekly at the Early Intervention Centre in Al Athaiba, with the aim of providing practical and emotional support for the children and their parents. The group is always on the lookout for volunteers to help them keep the children busy and stimulated. If you have some extra time on your hands, you can pick up a volunteer application form from the Early Intervention Centre. For more information, call 24 496 960 or email [email protected]

– Khaleejesque

Previously Published in August 2009 and July 2011.




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