QR900,000 RAF aid for Mali children

 26 Sep 2016 - 10:34

QR900,000 RAF aid for Mali children
Beneficiaries at their classroom at a school built by RAF under its project ‘Al Ghaza W Al Nur (Food and Light)’ in Mali.

The Peninsula

DOHA: Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF) has provided fresh aid worth QR900,000 to create educational opportunities to the children dropped out or could not attend schools due to poverty in Mali.
The initiative is part of the ongoing project ‘Al Ghaza W Al Nur (Food and Light)’ being executed by RAF, in collaboration with Unicef and UN World Food Program (WFP). 
Some 400 students of 200 poor families benefited from the project. The plan is to provide basic food items to needy families on monthly basis so that they could send their children to school.
RAF provided food baskets, school supplies including bags, stationeries and uniforms to beneficiary children and their families. The food baskets include rice, edible oil, millet, milk, sugar and beans.
The phase-I project was lauched in Lasa, Koulikoro region of Mali in collaboration with Al Farouq organisation, the local partner of RAF. 
The most deserving families were selected based on certain criteria like extreme poverty, lack of fixed income, those unable to access the education. A team from RAF made a field visit to provide first hand information about the beneficiary families in a bid to keep in touch with them to get updated about their social status before and after the project.
The local authorities have appreciated the move. “The initiative of RAF is considered a war against poverty, illiteracy and diseases”, said Kulibali, an official from the social development department at the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Solidarity and the Elderly of Mali.
“It is best remedy to cure all three things because they are connected with each other, said the official.
The project is very important to curb illiteracy by providing food supplies to poor families for a year and creating educational opportunities for them by building schools, said Director General of Al Farouq organization, Al Sheikh Ibrahim Kuntaw. What should be better than this income generation projects for poor families, like opening supermarkets, so that they could send their children to school not for work, added Kuntaw.
“We are grateful to RAF for implementing such educational projects. I have six children. However, only three were going school but thanks to the project as all of them joined school”, said Ali Sulaiman Kunta, a beneficiary. 
My husband died seven months ago leaving five children behind him. With the help of the project every one go to school except the youngest infant, said Hasna Tori, a widow.
The project aimed at creating educational opportunities for 45,000 children in 20 African and Asian countries who have dropped out or could not attend schools due to poverty. 
The plan in the first phase is to provide basic food items to 15,000 needy families on monthly basis for one year so that they could send their children to school. Ten new schools will be built in poor countries to support educational infrastructure.