CHARITY ORGANISATIONS IN QATAR
The word ‘sadaqah’ literally means ‘righteousness’. It refers to a virtuous deed or an act of kindness done without the expectation of getting anything in return. Sadaqah in the modern Islamic context has come to signify "voluntary charity"; reflecting on the best of all human characteristics – generosity, benevolence, and kindness.
Qatar has a number of charity organisations, each of which allow you to donate to people in need. Some of the most prominent ones are listed below.
Internationally renowned for its volunteer and charity projects, Qatar Red Crescent S??ociety (QRCS) is a humanitarian organization that works to help and empower vulnerable individuals and communities without partiality or discrimination. QRCS is an active member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which comprises the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and a network of National Societies in 190 countries.
Throughout its long history, QRCS has been serving as an auxiliary to the State of Qatar in its humanitarian efforts, in light of its central mission of improving the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity inside and outside of Qatar.
Feed a Friend is a non-profit project that provides a sustainable monthly supply of food to people in need in Qatar. Based in Doha, the organisation is composed of selfless volunteers who pledge their time to gather, pack and distribute food to ‘Friends’ in the community.
Formed almost four decades ago, with an aim to provide relief measures to children orphaned by war, Qatar Charity has grown to become one of the largest humanitarian and development organizations in the world, providing life-saving assistance to those hit by conflicts, persecution and natural disasters and creating durable solutions for poverty using sustainable development programs in social welfare, water and sanitation, education, nutrition and economic empowerment.
Qatar Charity also has a special donation program that allows enrolled donors to automatically donate an agreed amount every day, and enrich their days with a recurring charity.
Founded in 1997, Qatar Cancer Society is a charity organisation that works under the Regulatory Authority for Charitable Activities. QCS is a member of the National Cancer Framework in Qatar, the Gulf Federation for Cancer Control, the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), and a founding member of the International Cancer Prevention Consortium (ICPC).
The team at QCS seeks to prevent cancer and reduce its burden in Qatar, working towards educating the community, and advocating for people living with the disease. The organisation also engages in professional development and scientific research in the field of cancer.
Education Above All (EAA) is an organization founded by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, the former First Lady of the State of Qatar, who has long been a champion of education. The organisation strives to ensure that everyone has access to quality education, with a belief that education can be a powerful tool for positive, sustainable, and inclusive change.
EAA envisions bringing new life chances, real hope and opportunities to improve the lives of poor and marginalised children, youth and women - especially in the developing world.
The Sheikh Eid Charitable Foundation is an NGO that was founded in Doha, Qatar, in 1995. It is one of the biggest philanthropic organizations in the Middle East, and one of many charities in Qatar. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, that makes up a "fairly well-developed sector providing aid and support at home and abroad."
The organization is also known as the Eid Charity Foundation or the Sheikh Eid bin Mohammad Al Thani Charitable Organization. Its goal is to carry out humanitarian and benevolent projects, foster volunteerism, and uphold noble principles through qualified human resources, dynamic administrative systems, and strategic organization.
Another one of Qatar’s many humanitarian organizations is the Al Asmakh Charitable Foundation (Afeef) - founded in 2012. The organisation operates in accordance with a distinct vision of charity and humanitarian action, and with a goal to help underprivileged communities flourish. Donations are used to give back to those in need in the community within the three fundamental pillars of life: education, health, and empowerment. The drive behind the initiatives, and leadership in philanthropic work assist the most vulnerable women and children.
The Zakat Fund is a department of the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs of Qatar, which collects Zakat and charity funds from the wealthy and distributes them to the poor. The fund performs the duty of inviting the community to give charity and donation, by conducting media campaigns and organizing specialized courses for the calculation of personal and corporate zakat.
We hope this information has been helpful to you in your journey towards a brighter future. A small step can change a life.