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Mercy Corps executives express gratitude to Reach Out to Asia for two years of successful strategic partnership

October 18, 2010

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Senior executives from the international relief and development organization Mercy Corps met with senior representatives of Reach Out to Asia (ROTA) in Doha today, expressing appreciation for the agencies’ two-year-old strategic partnership.

ROTA Acting Director, Essa Al Mannai received Mercy Corps chief executive officer Neal Keny-Guyer and senior vice president Paul Dudley Hart who are on a two-day visit to Qatar.

Mr. Keny-Guyer and ROTA Chairperson Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani signed a strategic partnership agreement in New York City in October 2008. Since that time, the two organizations have implemented several projects together, serving thousands of people in Gaza, Iraq, Pakistan and Nepal.

Mr. Keny-Guyer stated: “We are very proud and honored to work in close partnership with ROTA to deliver educational and humanitarian programming to communities in need across the Middle East and Asia. We are inspired by Qatar’s vision and commitment to humanitarian work - and especially to education - which is embodied by ROTA. Together we are making a real difference, especially in the lives of children and youth affected by crisis.”

“Our strategic partnership with Mercy Corps empowers ROTA to respond more effectively and help vulnerable people in underprivileged communities across Asia,” noted Mr. Essa Al Mannai. “We value Mercy Corps’ long-term support very highly. Their ongoing commitment allows ROTA to plan and implement sustainable humanitarian and educational programs that deliver lasting change for thousands of families and a growing number of communities.”

ROTA and Mercy Corps have jointly delivered both humanitarian and development assistance throughout the region. In Iraq, ROTA and Mercy Corps constructed a multi-purpose youth center and a school for girls in response to priorities identified by local communities. In Gaza and Pakistan, the two organizations have delivered emergency assistance in the wake of conflict. In Nepal, ROTA and Mercy Corps are working hard to help schools prepare for natural disasters, reducing the risk to children. The two organizations also implement the Global Citizen Corps, which provides training to thousands of youth across seven countries, building their leadership skills, developing their understanding of global development challenges such as hunger and access to education, and supporting them to take action to address critical challenges in their own communities. The program uses technological tools such as online dialogue and videoconferences to connect these young leaders, increase cross-cultural understanding, and develop a global movement of youth who are bringing positive change to their communities.

Soon, the two organizations will launch major initiatives to provide psychosocial assistance to young people in Gaza and to expand disaster risk reduction efforts with schools in Nepal.