Doha, September 8, 2015 – Since its inception 15 years ago, the Academic Bridge Program (ABP), a center of Qatar Foundation (QF) for Education, Science and Community Development, has nurtured a culture of volunteerism. In 2013 the launch of the Social Services and Volunteering Club (SSVC) had the most impact through the completion of the club’s two-year flagship project—Peace Elementary School.
Two years, multiple bake sales, and several fundraising projects later, members of the SSVC succeeded in raising enough donations to achieve the club’s goal: to build a primary school in Somalia in collaboration with Qatar Charity.
The club’s student volunteers chose to pursue this project because it represented one of Qatar Foundation’s goals—to promote education in all countries, especially in developing countries. In the hope that peace would always prevail in Somalia, the club decided to name the school Peace Elementary School.
According to Ms. Moza Alboainain, Assistant Director for Student Services and supervisor of the SSVC, “The club fulfils ABP’s vision and mission to develop students’ personal and social skills.” Ms. Moza added, “We are very proud of our students’ remarkable achievement. They were able to contribute to the construction of an elementary school in Somalia that would provide education for many children.”
Ms. Moza explained that the SSVC not only enhances students’ personal skills and abilities, but also boosts students’ scholastic abilities and provides them with practical skills that enable them to effectively contribute to the development of their local and international community, thus making the world a better place. She also mentioned that the club offers a range of activities that are designed to promote students’ active and positive involvement in the local and international community. These events include, but are not limited to: visiting the sick in hospitals, distributing drinking water to workers in the streets, teaching security and cleaning staff who work in the ABP building both Arabic and English in cooperation with Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), and distributing Eid gifts to workers. In addition, the club organises workshops and courses in leadership that help student club members hone their talents and encourage them to become compassionate and generous members of their community.
Another integral member of the SSVC is Mr. Abdullah Kart, ABP Student Services Officer and Assistant Supervisor of the club. “It is truly wonderful to be able to bring joy to others and to offer help to those in need,” he expressed. “A heartfelt prayer, from those you help, is the best reward, and as the Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) says, ‘The best person is the one who benefits all human beings,’ so by helping people you encourage good will, compassion and brotherhood and fulfil the Prophet Mohammed’s (Peace Be Upon Him) teachings that say, ‘None of you [truly] believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.’ ”
Mr. Abdulla added, “Making someone happy brings unparalleled joy especially if you only wish for God’s blessings as reward. The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) teaches us, ‘The best deed to God is to bring happiness to the heart of the believer, to alleviate his anguish, to settle his debt and to feed his hunger,’ and that was the premise that drove the SSVC to focus their efforts on building the primary school in Somalia.”