The State of Qatar announced that the final $13.7 million of the $30 million Qatar Harvey Fund will be directed towards a variety of Houston area community development projects. $3.3 million will be donated to build eight soccer fields that will also serve as flood mitigation basins. In addition, $1.72 million will aid Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA), a cultural and community center in Houston.
“Helping to provide continued access to educational resources and opportunities in the wake of Hurricane Harvey is a primary goal of the Qatar Harvey Fund,” stated His Excellency Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al-Thani, Qatar’s Ambassador to the U.S. and Chair of the Qatar Harvey Fund.
The Qatar Harvey Fund was established in 2017 by the State of Qatar to support recovery in Southeast Texas after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. The $30 million fund provided aid to veterans impacted by the hurricane, created scholarships to support students to continue their education, helped rebuild homes, and assisted in the reopening of a hospital.
Qatar has also given aid to Haiti and Japan after devastating earthquakes, and has funded development projects in Mali and Tunisia.
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