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Our corporate social responsibility strategy offers support to those most in need. This includes supplying emergency relief aid, funding infrastructure reconstruction in areas hit by natural disaster, promoting global awareness of serious illnesses, and more.
Children were given a special treat when they took to the skies for an exclusive flight over Qatar.
The joint initiative between Qatar Airways and the Qatar Orphan Foundation, Dhreima, was aimed at bringing fun and joy into the lives of children.
One hundred children, ranging in age from 5-16 years, were invited on the 20-minute flight. The air was full of anticipation and excitement as the children boarded from Doha International Airport—most had never been on an aircraft before.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker and Dhreima's General Director Khaled Kamal welcomed the children onboard and joined the special flight.
Qatar Airways has partnered with the Shafallah Centre for Children with Special Needs to promote the global awareness of autism.
A campaign to increase awareness was launched on April 2, World Autism Awareness Day. During April, we aired an in-flight public service announcement on all flights and distributed awareness pins and informational pamphlets.
We are also working with the Shafallah Centre to train our cabin crew in disability awareness.
Over 100 Qatar Airways staff helped to clean Al Wakra beach as part of the ninth annual National Green and Clean Qatar campaign.
The campaign, jointly organized by Qatar Airways and the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning, successfully collected 30 bags of waste. The beach is located 12 kilometres outside of Doha.
Qatar Airways has helped fund toll-free telephone support and information groups for the Children’s Brain Tumour Foundation. The Foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the treatment, quality of life, and long-term outlook for children with brain and spinal cord tumours. This is done through research, support, education, and advocacy to families and survivors.
Qatar Airways contribution will help provide a critical lifeline to parents of newly diagnosed children and to newly diagnosed teens facing barriers to treatment and/or insurance issues. It will also be used to offer respite to families through attendance at Camp Sunshine's Brain Tumour Week and other events.
Qatar Airways supports the international Best Buddies program, which helps people with intellectual disabilities reach their ultimate potential.
Qatar Airways employees around the world are giving their time to help intellectually challenged youth gain the confidence and capabilities needed to enter the workforce.
We’re also planning to find job opportunities for some youths within the communities we serve.
Best Buddies is an inspirational organisation and we are proud to play a role in these children's transformations.
In 2008, Qatar Airways donated to the China Youth Development Fund to help those affected by China's Sichuan province earthquake.
The initiative, Project Hope, enabled Qatar Airways to fund two schools in the affected region. The funding helped build temporary school housing for 1,000 students and a permanent facility for 500 students.
We are proud to have been a part of China's rebuilding effort, particularly as it relates to the children representing China's future.
In 2008, Qatar Airways donated USD 450,000 to Reach Out to Asia (ROTA), a charity founded in Qatar in 2005.
This donation has supported community development projects in Asia including providing quality primary education to underprivileged youth. Some of the key goals of ROTA are to ensure free primary education, improve adult literacy by 50%, and eliminate gender disparities—all by 2015.
Qatar Airways takes great pride in this charity, as more than 60% of Qatar's own expatriate community is from Asia, including many of our own staff.