Doha: Qatar Social Work and Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Wednesday to support and strengthen their social and community-focused initiatives.
Through the agreement, AZF also seeks to promote community activities and enhance cooperation with government institutions, which stems from its belief in the importance of social responsibility towards the community.
The agreement was signed by Amal Al Mannai, CEO of Qatar Social Work and Mohammad Khalifa Al Suwaidi, CEO of AZF.
Speaking after the signing ceremony, Amal Al Mannai, CEO of Qatar Social Work stressed the importance of this partnership and its benefits for both organisations as well as for the member organisations that fall under their umbrella. Together, the two organisations will seek to provide each other with the expertise and logistical support. They will also provide media support in various social events organised in collaboration with both organisations. She added that having a strong partnership between social work organisations is key for sustainable human development.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Khalifa Al-Suwaidi, CEO of AZF, praised this new partnership and confirmed the organisation’s growing role in providing support to all local public and private organisations to benefit the society, saying: “This new agreement builds on our existing partnership with the Qatar Social Work, which extends beyond the agreement we signed today. This collaboration has been ongoing for the past couple of years, and we have organised several joint initiatives and social programmes for Qatar Social Work’s member organisations such as the Orphans Care Centre (Dreama), the Centre for Empowerment and Elderly Care (Ehsan), and Shafallah Centre. This partnership will combine our ongoing collaboration together under one umbrella.”
Al Suwaidi added: “AZF and Qatar Social Work share similar foundations and both our visions seek to help Qatar realise its National Vision 2030. For that purpose, we have already established yearly CSR programmes to improve the physical and mental health of the local society and encourage them to have an active and healthy lifestyle. Some of our ongoing initiatives include the ‘Life in Aspire’ smartphone app, the ‘Step into Health’ campaign and the ‘Keep Aspire Green’ eco-friendly campaign.”
AZF was founded in 2008 and has three-member organisations: Aspire Academy, Aspetar and Aspire Logistics. After a decade of its existence, AZF has successfully accelerated the development of Qatar’s community and has since made remarkable advances in the field of sports, entertainment and social work. Its efforts have made it one of the preferred destinations for local and international institutions and key individuals, who look to benefit from AZF’s unique facilities such as the Aspire Park, the indoor and outdoor pitches and the Aspire Dome, the largest multi-purpose dome of its kind in the world.
The Qatar Social Work was established in 2013 as a non-profit development organisation that seeks to bring a positive contribution to Qatar’s civil society, enhance the capabilities of its member organisations and promote their role in the society. These members include: The Social Development Centre, Shafallah Centre, the Family Counselling Centre, Orphans Care Centre (Dreama), The Centre for Empowerment and Elderly Care (Ehsan), the Protection and Social Rehabilitation Centre and the Best Buddies Qatar initiative.