Qatar Charity (QC) recently opened a multi-service centre in Minjila, Tana River County, Kenya, in the presence of many local officials and dignitaries.
More than 7,000 people are expected to benefit from the centre, QC has said in a statement.
The centre is of great importance due to its strategic location, which was carefully chosen by Qatar Charity. It is situated in a place where there are many neighbouring poor villages, which always suffer from devastating floods in the rainy season, the statement notes.
Abdulahi Hassan Golo, director of Qatar Charity’s Kenya office, said the centre will provide educational and health services, and is expected to achieve social development in the area.
The centre, which is the first of its kind in the region, aims to provide comprehensive educational, social, developmental and community services to support orphans and poor and low-income families sponsored by QC. It also aims to improve their living conditions and provide educational facilities for their children to help them complete their studies. Besides, the centre aims to improve public health levels and achieve development in areas that suffer from a lack of basic services.
The centre has an elementary school with six classrooms, a teachers' hall, an administrative office, an artesian well, a clinic, a mosque, a Qur'an memorisation center, service facilities and green spaces.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Paul Karissa, commissioner of Tana River County, expressed gratitude to Qatar, its generous people and QC for their efforts to help the needy and improve social services in Kenya. He indicated that Tana River County has received an important share of Qatar Charity's projects, noting that this centre is the largest project in the county.
David Komoru Ndomari, a representative of the Ministry of Health, praised the project noting that Qatar Charity has a clear role in charitable work in Kenya, and this project will contribute to alleviating the suffering of the population. Faisal Obo, a representative of the Ministry of Education, praised QC for building this educational centre that serves hundreds of poor students and provides job opportunities for many villagers.
Many beneficiaries expressed happiness at the opening of the centre, noting that it will provide a suitable place for children’s education and offer treatment to patients near their homes.