Milaha, Qatar’s oldest and diversified maritime and logistics conglomerate, has collaborated with Indian non-profit organisations, Akshaypatra and Goonj, to provide relief to the most vulnerable and needy sections of Indian society, who have been adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The contributions from Milaha, as part of its social commitment towards Qatar’s strategic trade partners, will be utilised primarily to provide daily meals, grocery packets, sanitary pads, masks, and other essentials.
Milaha president & CEO Abdulrahman Essa al-Mannai said: “Milaha is pleased to support the efforts of its strategic trade partner – India as its government works in collaboration with Akshaya Patra, Goonj, and other NGOs to alleviate the plight of the most vulnerable sections of the society.
“This aligns with our commitment to enhance our community outreach programmes, especially during the current circumstances, and we are already co-ordinating with the Indian embassy in Doha to plan further welfare contributions. In addition, we have continued to operate direct liner services between India and Qatar despite the multitude of challenges that have cropped up due to Covid-19 and are exploring avenues for expanding our service coverage in the subcontinent.”
The Akshaya Patra Foundation, founded in 2000, is based in Bangalore, Karnataka, and is one of India’s largest non-profit organisations based on a public-private-partnership model. With the mantra ‘No child shall be deprived of education due to hunger’ and a mission to feed 5mn people by 2025, the work of the NGO continues to transform rural villagers’ lives.
Founded in 1999 by Anshu Gupta, Delhi-based Goonj is one of India’s largest non-profit NGOs that works across India.
It aims to enable poorer citizens to create their own solutions to the problem of building better livelihoods by creating new uses for old clothing and other materials.
Goonj also provides disaster relief and rehabilitation resources, such as clothing and clean water, during natural disasters.
During the current pandemic, the organisation has been saving lives and bringing relief to the poorest and most vulnerable communities across the country, by supplying them with daily meals and groceries, masks, and other essentials through its Rahat Covid initiative.