Education Above All (EAA) Foundation’s nationwide fundraising campaign, under the theme ‘No Child Left Out’, has garnered “overwhelming support” from donors in Qatar, it has been announced.
On the heels of this fundraising campaign, a total of QR15mn will be channelled to the efforts and worldwide beneficiaries of EAA’s Educate A Child (EAC) and Reach Out To Asia (Rota) educational programmes, targeting marginalised and impoverished children with access to quality educational facilities and resources.
EAA’s ‘No Child Left Out’ slew of projects and initiatives assist marginalised and impoverished children accessing quality and baseline education, indiscriminately of their geographical and socioeconomic barriers, offering them logistical, technical and psychosocial support in the process, a press statement notes.
On May 15, EAA’s fundraising campaign kicked off with a special episode on Qatar TV’s ‘Hayatuna’ programme, in a bid to raise awareness around the foundation’s global projects for children and youth. Announcing the campaign, Dr Ali M al-Quradaghi, secretary-general of the International Union of Muslim Scholars and vice-chairman of the European Council for Fatwa and Research, stressed the importance and meaning of Sadaqah and Zakat in the spirit of the holy month of Ramadan, and particularly so in supporting the right for universal education. To this end, the EAA foundation is eligible to receive Sadaqah and Zakat donations to fund its programmes. Qatar Radio also cast the fundraising call to the local community on its ‘Layali Ramadan’ programme.
Central to the success of EAA’s fundraising campaign across 60 locations in Qatar was a slew of employee and customer engagement partnerships with LuLu Hypermarket, Carrefour Qatar, Marriott Hotels, ExxonMobil and Qatar Airways. Others who came out in support of the campaign included Ooredoo, Nakilat, W Doha, Qapco, Shell, Elan, Dar Al Sharq, Muntajat and Dar Al Arab.
EAA’s fundraising success is the conclusion of many others in the past two years; most notable of which was EAC’s milestone achievement in 2018 in securing commitments needed to provide access to quality primary education for more than 10.4mn out-of-school children – over 7.5mn of whom are already enrolled. That same year, EAC also secured over $1.8bn in investments into its projects.
Mohamed al-Naama, senior representative of the Fundraising Department at EAA Foundation, said: “This fundraising round’s success takes on a different meaning this year, today, thanks to the support of our partners here and across the globe, have successfully reserved places for out of school children in the educational system and a better chance for their future. These numbers are proof that no ambition is too big when people harness their energy, resources and efforts toward the greater good of their communities and others that need it.”