Qatar Animal Welfare Society
QAWS is one of the oldest shelters, and one of the only ones with a formal facility. Run entirely by volunteers, they depend on donations to keep their kitties in catnip and their puppies in bones, either of cash or various items – their website has a list of what they need at the moment, including building supplies as they rebuild and expand their facilities. Things that never go wrong are bags of pet food (their websites specify brands, to ward off upset tummies) bedding, leashes, litter, toys and just your time: they need people to play with the cats and walk the dogs, helping animals that had traumatic upbringings learn to love people again. They also have a donation box at the Qatar Veterinary Centre: you can make a donation that goes directly to paying their vet bills. You can also donate over the phone with a credit card by calling 4421 6405. Or, sponsor a kennel for QR250 a month, QR3,000 for a year, which ensures the care of the animal in that facility for the whole year. And although it’s never a good idea to give a pet as a gift, QAWS is always looking for temporary foster parents to look after animals who need special care, or when the shelter is juts full.
Wrap it up: See www.qaws.org for details and more information
Cats in Qatar
Without an actual shelter, this group helps find homes for cats, cats and nothing but the cats. Started in 2010, it’s completely volunteer run and organized, recently expanding to their own website in addition to their popular Facebook page (tempting us with regular updates of adorable cats and kittens available for adoption). They fully support their foster parents who look after their cats and kittens, providing everything volunteers need to take care of strays, and to do that, they need all sorts of donations like food, toys and litter. They also stage fundraising jumble sales to get cold hard cash. So clean out your cupboards and donate! They take anything, from household items to gently used clothing and books. You can drop off items at the collection bin at Altamimi Clinic at Katara or contact them directly for pick up. You can also volunteer in many ways to help them: whether working their fundraising events, fostering pets, feral cat colony care, or shopping for things for the cats in their care. You can also sponsor a cat, which helps pay for surgeries, vaccinations and spaying and neutering.
Wrap it up: See http://catsinqatar.com for more information or check them out on Facebook
With help from all over the world, Omwaana Ono is working to build a girl’s school in the village of Nabitende, Uganda. Their name means ‘This Child’ in Lugosa, and they believe that if you ‘educate a girl you educate a nation’. Currently girls in the village walk over 45 minutes to get to class, squeezed into classrooms with between 80 and 120 other pupils. Many girls are the first to drop out. The final school will house 350 girls, in classes of only 30 students, and will contain a clean water well and medical clinic. The group, organized by a team of western women working with the Ugandan group Inner Wheel, believe that women who receive education are more likely to educate their own children. Working with Ugandans, there is also a sewing programme, training women past school age in valuable skills. You can donate directly to building costs, or sponsor a sewing machine. Their website includes a breakdown of all costs associated with the school, and you can earmark your donation directly.
Wrap it up: See www.omwaanaono.org for more information, or call 6692 5578 for their Doha contact.
Doha Mums Library
Newly re-opened, the Doha Mums library has a new home and space for thousands of books. . . if only they had them. They’re always accepting donations of cash to help them purchase books, or books themselves. Moving, or have a shelf of books you or your kids have outgrown? The library would love to have them, and will even pick them up! They’re also looking for shelving and other library furniture. Or, get your company involved: they’re in the market for corporate sponsors to help make their home for literary children a reality. They scour the internet and school reading lists to find the newest and best books for kids and purchase them online, then, using volunteers who are travelling abroad, bring them back into the country. So if you’re travelling this holiday season, why not offer up some luggage space for a good cause and be their book sherpa? Or, if you’re already a member of Doha Mums, you can volunteer to staff the library and help kids develop a love for reading.
Wrap it up: See www.dohamums.com
The one-stop shop for international Qatari giving. With projects all over the world as well as at home, this is the place to donate. They run projects to help needy families here as well as abroad, as well as programs planting trees in Palestine, building shelters in Pakistan and combating famine in Africa. With a network of field agencies all over the world, they work directly through charities registered in each country. Current projects include Qatar, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Morocco, Egypt, Bahrain, Sudan, Somalia, Chad, Niger, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Comoros, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka. You can donate directly through their website, and find out details of how else you can get involved.
Wrap it up: See www.qcharity.com