Qatar is known for its luxury, fantastic cuisine, and beautiful architecture, but there is something else that many people don’t know about: Qatar has a strong commitment to making the world a better place. Over the past few years, dozens of NGOs have been established in Qatar that are working towards achieving this goal. Here are five of the most notable Qatari NGOs making a meaningful impact around the world.
The first NGO is Reach Out To Asia (ROTA). Established in 2005, this organization focuses on providing education and access to basic needs for those living in poverty. ROTA works with disadvantaged populations not only within Qatar but also across Asia. In 2020 alone, ROTA helped over 10 million people gain access to quality education and improved their livelihoods through vocational training and micro-finance initiatives.
Another organization doing great work is Silatech. Founded in 2008 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser al-Misnad, Silatech works towards connecting young Arabs to economic opportunities through job creation and access to financial services. It has provided more than 4 million youth across 18 countries with financing for educational loans and business investments.
Next is Educate A Child (EAC). This initiative was founded in 2012 as part of Her Highness Sheikh Moza’s vision of “empowering marginalized children” with quality education. So far, EAC has reached out to more than 2 million children living in 17 countries by building schools and providing scholarships for academic advancement.
Another Qatari NGO making an impact is Noor Dawakhana, which was established in 2014 by His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani. As its name suggests, this NGO provides free medical care and health services to those who cannot afford medical services or cannot find adequate healthcare facilities near them. It also offers health awareness programs that focus on educating people about more sustainable lifestyles as well as preventive disease management strategies.
Finally, we have WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education). Founded in 2009 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser al-Misnad, WISE works towards creating innovative solutions that lead to more effective learning environments around the world. WISE funds research projects related to education technology as well as organizes conferences and workshops aimed at promoting collaboration between experts from different fields related to education reform.