QNET Donates to Kigamboni Orphanage

15May 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
QNET Donates to Kigamboni Orphanage

As part of celebrating the Holy Month of Ramadhan, QNET Tanzania has extended a donating hand to Safina Widow and Child Care Foundation, an orphanage in Kigamboni, Dar es Salaam.

The orphanage houses at least 50 orphaned children who enjoyed a fun filled day with the QNET family.

At least 20 independent representatives joined QNET to celebrate the day with the children. This event marked the culmination of various donations that QNET has made around the country including Tanzania mainland and in Zanzibar.

In his comments Athumani Juma who is the Assistant Guardian of the Safina Widow and Child Care Foundation said;  “On behalf of the Center, I would like to extend our sincere gratitude. We appreciate and are very thankful for the gifts.”

 

The caretaker went on to point out that the donations cover most all of the basic needs that the children use in their day to day lives. He said the donations are timely and will cut their operating costs allowing them to redirect their funds to other needs.

 

Among other things, QNET donated 10 mattress, 100kg of rice, 100kg of sugar 5 sacks of wheat flour, 10 sacks of maize flour and three sacks of charcoal. Other items included two boxes of Sanitary pads, two dozen underwear, three buckets of food oil, two buckets of powdered milk, two sacks of powdered soap, two boxes of bath soap, two dozen toothpastes, 17 dozen of books, 10 boxes of pens, five boxes of pencil and two rim paper boxes.

 

Started in 2007, Safina Widow and Child Care Foundation was registered in 2009 in the Gongo la Mboto area. It was then moved to Mbagala before its current location in Kigamboni. From its humble beginning of 10 children, the orphanage now houses some 50 plus orphans who live and attend school from the center.

The Covid-19 pandemic and its subsequent effects have left a mark on many communities around the world. This is especially so for underprivileged groups as they struggle to navigate the new normal. As part of their long-term social initiative plan, QNET is working with distributors and various local charitable organisations to ensure these underserved communities are able to come together, enjoy a good meal, and share joy throughout the holy month of Ramadhan.

Throughout the past decade, QNET has delivered relief kits, provided essential goods, and organised community activities every year in the month of Ramadhan in the spirit of ‘Raise Yourself To Help Mankind’ or RYTHM, which is QNET’s founding philosophy. This year, QNET distributed food supplies to those in need in over 30 countries, which included underprivileged families, orphanages, hospitals, refugee camps, and community centres.

“Reaching out and serving those in need, no matter their nationality or language spoken, is something we take to heart at QNET. We are truly grateful to once again have the opportunity to work with our distributors and various organisations to make this year’s Ramadhan a joyful occasion for many underprivileged communities,” commented Malou Caluza, the QNET Chief Executive Officer.

In a press release circulated to media on the eve of Idd celebrations, the CEO said “…we hope that by staying true to the spirit of RYTHM and continuously giving back to those in need, we can make a lasting, positive impact on our global community.”

QNET has long carried out aid efforts across the world during moments of crises and need, in addition to annual charity projects that the organisation carries out every year during the Holy month of Ramadhan. When the global lockdown occurred last year, QNET reached out to numerous affected communities to lend support and carry out relief projects to ease their burden. QNET provided food packs, medical supplies, and essential goods to vulnerable groups and frontline workers to ensure their health and wellness needs were met.

“Our Ramadhan charity projects are only a portion of our overall corporate social responsibility efforts at QNET; we are regularly working with RYTHM Foundation, QNET’s social impact initiative, to push for social transformation so that everyone is able to safely access necessities such as food, water, shelter, and education. We hope that through our actions we can inspire more people to start practicing RYTHM in their daily lives and initiate change in their communities.” Caluza went on to say.

RYTHM Foundation was founded in 2006, with the main goals of the foundation being providing education for all, promoting gender equality, and carrying out sustainable community development. These goals are derived from the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) specified by the United Nations, and are aimed at empowering lives and giving support to marginalised communities across the globe.

Most recently, QNET was named winner in the Leadership in Community Service and Corporate Social Responsibility category at the Communitas Awards. QNET received the commendation for its international CSR programmes that resonated with the spirit of Communitas, a Latin word that means people coming together for the good of a community.

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