Social and humanitarian assistance provides some of QNB Group’s most important CSR community supports. Whether through activities conducted at the local level to support orphans and others who have limited access to opportunities or the provision of international aid to victims of global disasters, this segment of the Bank’s CSR program focuses on spreading the wealth.
Another important initiative that has benefited from the Bank’s support on numerous occasions is the SDC’s First Step Program. The program helps underprivileged women take that first step forward, with the support of QNB Group, by providing basic job training, Arabic and English language skills, interpersonal skills development and more. It nurtures self-confidence and gives these women an opportunity to grow personally, in positive and enriching ways.
This program plays an important role, honoring the countless acts of volunteerism that make Qatar a better place to live. It encourages and rewards Qatar’s residents to become actively involved in philanthropic and charitable pursuits.
The activity generally includes an annual gala charity dinner, during which community volunteers are publicly recognised and acknowledged for their generous spirit. It aims to promote the value of volunteer efforts and encourage corporations, institutions and individuals of all ages to give generously of their skills, time and resources to help those in need and has become an important part of Qatar’s society.
The Bank’s sponsorship has helped the Dhreima Centre in carrying out its considerable responsibilities which include helping orphans in Qatar fulfill their potential and become an integral part of a well-qualified and educated future generation capable of contributing to the growth of the country achieving social development, which is one of the four pillars of the Qatar national vision 2030. The Centre’s name comes from the bluish-violet “Dhreima flower” indigenous to Qatar which signifies the beauty and innocence of these children. The Centre provides both residential and non-residential care for orphaned children and looks after each child’s health and psychological needs.
Mohamed Al Jaidi is one such QNB Group employee who exemplifies the Bank’s values and work ethic despite unique physical challenges. In addition to being an exemplary employee, he is a leading special needs athlete and has been a top finisher at many regional and international events, most recently including the Regional Special Olympics held in Gonzo- China in 2010.
QNB Group has also optimised its work environments to make it easier for people with special needs to coexist and mingle seamlessly with all other employees. These include simple measures such as providing access to the disabled, and more detailed measures such as on-the-job training to help them evolve their skills with every subsequent year.