How to get involved in charitable initiatives in Doha this Ramadan

Here are a few different ways you can contribute to the community and make the world a better place

How to get involved in charitable initiatives in Doha this Ramadan

Ramadan is the perfect time to delve into Qatar’s rich culture. It is also a time of selflessness. There are lots of charitable initiatives, and it’s a great way to engage with one of the most important Islamic traditions, as well as to help the needy.

Clear up public spaces
Doha Environmental Actions Project (DEAP), a Qatar volunteer community with the common goal of cleanliness of the local environment, aims to raise public awareness about the environmental damage caused by littering. The organisation uses its Facebook page to set dates, places and meeting points to carpool. Bring water, comfortable shoes and hats, gardening or heavy-duty gloves and old grocery bags. If the clean-up is on the beach, you can get there, get the job done, and then swim, play sport, dance and make a day of it.
Follow the DEAP Facebook page for monthly clean-up events: www.facebook.com/deapqatar.

Donate to charity
Qatar Charity is an NGO doing incredible work to fight global poverty. If you visit its website, you can donate to its many projects from helping Syrian refugees and orphaned children to its water provision projects in Gaza.

But it’s not just about donating money. There are many other ways to offer a helping hand. Hamad Hospital blood banks are always in need, and often holds blood donation drives. You can also donate your old clothes by depositing them in charity boxes that can be found across Doha, and you can buy food and medicine for sick and injured animals at shelters. You can even do something as simple as buying food for blue collar workers who have left their homes.
www.qcharity.org.

Donate your excess food
Eid Charity has numerous charity projects running at any one time. It is dedicated to providing humanitarian aid and offering a wide range of services to the poverty-stricken and those affected by war. It also provides assistance for the provisions of education, health, food and shelter. To get involved in either the dedicated food charity or any other cause, all you need to do is call and let the team know what you’d like to donate. They’ll pick up your excess food, pack it and distribute it to those in need. It’s simple, and can have a great impact on the community.
www.eidcharity.net.

Help clean up doha’s beaches
Stop throwing your garbage on the beach and clean up behind you. That’s the message of The Doha Beach Clean project, which aims to raise awareness about litter on beaches in Qatar. Every month, the organisation visits different beaches with volunteers including Fuwairit, Simaisma and Al Wakrah, and sets out to pick up your litter and dispose it off safely. Anyone can get in touch to volunteer their help with clearing the sand of trash, ensuring a visit to the beach is a pleasant experience for everyone.
www.facebook.com/dohabeachclean.

Help children with special needs
Non-profit organisation HOPE Qatar provides help and opportunities to children with special needs. It primarily offers educational training, along with counselling sessions for parents, providing support and advice on how they can help their children. HOPE Qatar aims to create opportunities for children with special needs, preparing them for the school environment. You can volunteer with Friends of HOPE, a parallel forum that streamlines all volunteering activities for HOPE Qatar, and partake in all initiatives. It’s fairly simple to get involved – an online form needs to be filled in. You must be committed to the work, aged 15 or above, and pay the QR100 registration fee.
www.hope-qatar.org (5534 8611).

Reuse excess food
Wa’hab, a private, self-funded start-up, provides a network that helps with the donation of surplus but perfectly good food that is meant to be thrown away by hotels and other organisations in the food industry, to those in need.

Using technology and social media as their power tools, the team at Wa’hab promotes the highest use of excess food to reduce hunger and wastage.
To volunteer, email volunteers@wahab.qa. For more information visit www.wahab.qa.

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