Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) students set on a learning educational service trip earlier this month to conduct research and gain a better understanding of the circumstances displaced refugees must endure in light of ongoing conflict.
The trip involved 18 master’s, PhD, and undergraduate students who were accompanied by two HBKU representatives. Over the course of six days, the delegation visited numerous sites, interviewed refugees and orphans, and provided humanitarian relief to those in need. The trip was facilitated by the Education Above All foundation as well as Qatar Charity.
Students visited Nedaa Al Khair Society in Amman, Jordan. With direct engagement and exposure being an important element of their experience, the students learned about the hardships of poverty and the challenges faced by less fortunate children. Gifts and basic food items were provided to the children and their families.
Amongst other locations, the delegation visited the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization, where they analyzed the institute’s ongoing developmental projects, partook in children activities and proactively contributed to the betterment of the lives of dozens of impacted individuals.
More than 1000 food baskets were provided to the needy throughout the trip. Additionally, the delegation worked with HBKU Press, the University’s publishing arm, to distribute children’s books with the aim of promoting literacy and a love for reading among the children.
The students and their supervisors also took part in site seeing and expeditions within the city of Jarash and the governorate of Al Batra. Other areas visited by the students included cancer-treatment centers and Madraset Insani for humanitarian relief. Clothing banks and school developmental projects were other integral aspects of the trip.
On the final day of the trip, the delegation was warmly hosted by the Qatar Embassy in Amman, as they described their experiences and offered tokens of appreciation to Eng. Abdulaziz Mohammed AlSadda, the embassy’s counselor in Jordan.
Every year, students from HBKU volunteer to assist underprivileged communities around the world. In January, the HBKU Student Affairs team and Qatar Charity organized a volunteer trip to Bangladesh to visit the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, giving 16 students an on-ground perspective to the repercussions of the ongoing conflict. Through personal engagement, HBKU volunteers acquire a first-hand understanding of the multi-faceted challenges faced by people who are living in critical need of basic shelter, healthcare, nutrition, sanitation, education, and economic development.
As a member of Qatar Foundation, HBKU is committed to providing an inclusive and comprehensive learning environment for its student body. To find out more, visit www.hbku.edu.qa.
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