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.
Doha Mums Library
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.
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.
See http://catsinqatar.com for more information or check them out on Facebook
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 especially this time of year, when the shelter is full to bursting, QAWS is always looking for temporary foster parents to look after animals who need special care to make sure no animal is left out in the cold.
See www.qaws.org for details and more information
2nd Chance Rescue
Founded in 2009, this is the place for stray dogs to find a second chance. The volunteers at 2nd Chance Rescue care for abused, abandoned and unwanted dogs, in a shelter maintained by a group of dedicated volunteers and two full time workers. Ideally created to care for around 20 dogs, at press time they had 65 dogs in their care. And with the hot summer weather keeping the animals cooped up inside in the air-conditioning, they’re looking furiously for foster parents and adoptive families. Their shelter is modern and clean, complete with pools for the dogs to cool down in after a long walk, fields to run around behind the shelter, as well as food and shelter, but volunteers say nothing compares to a forever home. You can get involved by volunteering at their fundraising events, or coming out to play and walk the dogs, many of whom have a long road before they’ll trust humans again. They also accept donations of toys etc for the dogs.
See 2nd Chance Rescue on Facebook or email email@example.com