Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) recently hosted a Photo Exhibition Fundraising event, supported by Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. All proceeds from the event were in aid of ROTA’s Student Scholarship Program in Indonesia.
The second edition of the ROTA Photo Exhibition, sponsored by Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Oxy Qatar), took place at Mathaf. ROTA invited its corporate and community partners to take part in a silent auction of framed photographs taken by volunteers during ROTA activities.
Experts from Mathaf assisted with planning the layout of the photo exhibition and co-ordinated the mounting and presentation of the exhibition.
Auction items featured photographs taken by ROTA volunteers engaged in local and international volunteer activities and provided guests with an opportunity to see ROTA projects through the eyes of those engaged in the field.
Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani, Chairperson of ROTA, said: “The volunteers are the heroes of this event.” Her Excellency also thanked Oxy Qatar for its continued support, “which enables us to reach out to more people and schools”.
Essa Al Mannai, Executive Director of ROTA, said: “Over the past few years, ROTA partners have always demonstrated incredible corporate responsibility and generosity. By taking part in our fundraising event, our partners have brought hope of a better future for hundreds of Indonesian students.”
ROTA’s scholarship program has been active since 2008. It is administered and run through its local partner in Indonesia, the Titian Foundation. ROTA’s scholarships create opportunities for disadvantaged youths, who would otherwise drop out of school due to financial constraints, to complete their secondary education.
Students supported through ROTA’s scholarships program have gone on to pursue a tertiary education, or have found gainful employment in the private sector and self-started enterprises.
“Access to quality education is essential for a child’s physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth. By providing student scholarships, our fundraising event brings new hope to many disadvantaged Indonesian students,” said Al Mannai.
ROTA’s recent project work included an extensive program of community activities, such as distributing groceries to families in need and and conducting house renovations for families in need.
Speaking at the event Stephen Kelly, President and General Manager of Oxy Qatar, commented: “Oxy Qatar is proud to once again support ROTA’s fundraising activities, which provide a unique opportunity both to recognize the efforts of ROTA’s volunteers and to raise additional contributions to support ROTA’s projects.
“These photographs provide an insight into the areas in which ROTA is making positive impacts on people’s lives, as well as demonstrating the artistic skill of the volunteers. We are delighted to have been able to support ROTA.”
George Tavola, ROTA Volunteer Program Manager
“It is an important event for volunteers and provides an opportunity to showcase their photographic skills, because we noticed many volunteers have this capability and the equipment to capture some really amazing moments. It is also an opportunity for the community in Qatar to see ROTA projects through the eyes of the volunteers.”
Hessa Almansoori, Volunteer Photographer
“I enjoy photography a lot, especially portraits. One of my friends, a photographer, suggested I used a black and white filter for a specific portrait, thereby adding a particular expression to a girl’s face. I also enjoy striking colors. Working as a volunteer for ROTA has allowed me to develop my photography and give something back to the community.”
Amira Abujbara, Youth Volunteer
“I signed up as a volunteer to help with the iEARN conference, which was a huge event. This is my third event as a ROTA youth volunteer. It is quite fulfilling to be involved and to give something back to the community. It is great to focus on the local community, as I think that should come first.”