Qatar Charity has organized a series of educational, sports and entertainment events for 500 sponsored orphans in Hargeisa, Somaliland.
The events were organized by QC’s Somalia office and included running, races and football.
“These events come in the context of QC’s efforts to provide better humanitarian assistance to orphans; sponsoring them is not enough, we need to be providing these children with recreational activities and sports in an attempt to incorporate them into the community,” said Jassim Abdullah Al Jassim, Director of Social Welfare at QC.
The events were opened with a speech by Mohammed Hussian Omar, program director for QC’s Somalia office, and were attended by other QC officials, as well as a number of key community figures, caregivers and officials from local associations, who helped supervise the orphans along with mothers and grandparents of the children.
A number of educational lectures were also carried out; providing the orphans’ mothers with guidance on caring for their children.
The activities are part of QC’s current strategy and direction for the educational care of orphans and the annual plan for the Somalia office for 2012.
QC Somalia plans to repeat this kind of event on a regular basis in order to ensure that their 5,000 sponsored orphans, teachers, preachers, disables, students and members of poor families are encouraged to become active members of their communities.
QC Somalia also offers orphans help with the costs of study and training programs.