KATARA foundation and the IFRC sign partnership to build stronger Red Cross Red Crescent societies

Publicado: 15 mayo 2013
Bekele Geleta and Khalid Bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti signed an agreement promoting resilient communities in the region.

Doha, 15 May 2013 The Cultural Village Foundation (KATARA) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) today signed a partnership agreement to assist in building more resilient and peaceful communities in the Middle East and North Africa, and support the building of stronger Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies within the region.

The agreement was signed by Bekele Geleta, IFRC Secretary General and Dr. Khalid Bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, General Manager of KATARA, in the presence of Elias Ghanem, IFRC Director of the Middle East and North Africa zone and designated focal point for carrying forward the partnership on behalf of the IFRC, and Mr. Saleh Al-Muhannadi, the Secretary General of Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS). QRCS played a central role in facilitating this important partnership between IFRC and KATARA. The momentous event was held at KATARA’s cultural village in its signature amphitheatre, which is at the centre of the agreement. 

Under this agreement, KATARA will contribute all of its income generated from the sale of tickets to cultural events at the amphitheatre and the rental of the amphitheatre space to third parties. The amphitheatre can seat approximately 3,600 people and ticket sales can generate approximately 50,000 to 100,000 US dollars per event. The foundation estimates that it will manage or host approximately six to seven events a year.

KATARA is a Qatar-based public foundation which was established on the vision and leadership of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar.

According to Bekele Geleta, KATARA’s mission to promote cultural exchange, encourage tolerance and mutual understanding, and foster peaceful dialogue complement the IFRC’s commitment in promoting a culture of peace and non-violence.

 He also said that this partnership is a living example of what can be done when various sectors and organizations work together for the benefit of the most vulnerable.

“The Middle East and North Africa region is facing many of the world’s greatest humanitarian challenges. However, there are also great opportunities for regional actors and humanitarian partners to come together to make a difference in people’s lives,” says Mr Geleta.

Contributions from KATARA will be used to strengthen the capacities of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies within the region, so they can better serve their local communities.  

“Our collective plan of action at the Red Cross and Red Crescent is to tackle the major humanitarian and development challenges of this decade – we are committed to ‘saving lives and changing minds’ and we recognize that we must do more, do better and reach further. This call for excellence requires strong Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies,” says Geleta.

For many decades, Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies together with the IFRC have been saving lives and restoring livelihoods through strong local national and global disaster preparedness, response and recovery activities, and in wide-ranging development activities such as preventive health, first aid, social mobilisation activities, dissemination of principles and values and institutional and community capacity building. In this respect, the capacity building of our Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is one of the cornerstones of the IFRC work.  

Cultural Village Foundation (KATARA)

The Cultural Village Foundation (KATARA) was established as a public foundation on 9 December 2010. Inspired by His Highness Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, KATARA  is project of hope for human interaction through art and cultural exchange. It is a place where people come together to experience the cultures of the world. KATARA is committed to promoting cultural exchange, encouraging tolerance and understanding, fostering peaceful dialogue, and contributing to and raising the cultural movement in Qatar.