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Rota donates computers to hospital

Doha, November 22, 2007

Qatar-based NGO Reach Out To Asia (Rota) brought smiles to the faces of children at the Hamad General Hospital (HGH) by donating computers for educational use.

Through this, Rota has offered the little ones the chance to use computers from their hospital beds – an engaging way to develop language, creativity, and computer skills. The computers were loaded up with children’s educational software with the goal of entertaining while educating.

Rota donated six laptops and two desktops as part of its Reach Out To Asia Qatar (Rotaq) programme which aims to help those in the local community. The children at the hospital are able to sign out the computers from a supervisor who is also on hand to work with them and guide them in understanding and making full use of the educational tools.

“Hamad Medical Corporation is extremely grateful to Reach Out To Asia for this contribution. The donation of these computers will enhance the way our children learn, and interact, allowing all of our children, regardless of physical obstacles, to engage in educational activities.  We hope this acts as a catalyst for further growth of the education and learning experience at HMC,” said assistant executive director, Hamad General Hospital, Naji Al Mannai.

 “It’s always a pleasure to help the children in their quest for education especially on the occasion of Universal Children’s Day that we are celebrating today. The donation of these computers to the children at HGH is aimed at encouraging communication and education through technology, even from hospital beds,” said manager of Volunteers Programme David Burt.

Distribution of technology is not a new endeavor for Rota, who has organised a host of activities to improve school environments as part of the RotaAsia initiatives. These include providing infrastructure, including technology, to establish a Knowledge Network by connecting schools, faculty and students.

Rota has recently signed a partnership agreement with ictQatar on Connect RotaAsia Knowledge Network, creating access to a web-based portal that will allow Rota’s schools and universities to be “twinned” with Qatari based schools and universities.

Formed under the Qatar Foundation umbrella, Rota is a Qatari non-governmental organisation.- TradeArabia News Service




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