For the second consecutive year Quantum employees and families held their annual ‘Donate a Day’ employee volunteer day at Maktaba Children’s Library.
The children’s garden was developed last year by employees who removed the under used areas of grassed land behind the library building and transformed it into a garden with areas for vegetables, flowers, fruit trees, a sensory herb garden area and a range of floral window boxes. This year volunteer employees were split into groups and further developed the garden by adding a series of new bedding areas, trellis fencing for taller plants and the donation of more plants for the garden’s fruit tree and vegetable areas.
Additional volunteers also painted walls and garden furniture for another year of outdoor use. A range of gardening related craft and seed planting activities were also carried out by younger members of the Quantum/Maktaba family. Over 80 Quantum employees and their families volunteered their time during the day.
Speaking after cutting down a tree, Peter Murphy, Quantum’s Managing Director said, “Quantum is a family focused company and our annual Donate a Day event with Maktaba is a great opportunity for our company employees to give something back to the community. We work as a team, getting our hands dirty in the process and at the end we have achieved our goal to create a small garden oasis in the heart of Doha for the members of Maktaba’s children’s garden club. I’m proud to say that our ‘Donate a Day’ programme has to date encouraged over 200 work days to be donated by Quantum volunteers over the past year in the fields of community support and educational initiatives.”
Sarah Champa, founder of Maktaba also stated, “We love the Quantum ‘Donate a Day’ event. It is a wonderful way to work side by side with our partners and friends to constantly improve the outdoor area providing children much needed green space and the opportunity to get their hands dirty while learning important lessons about sustainability and self sufficiency. Since the launch last year our children’s garden club has been a great success and with the new planting areas and wall trellis sections built today we look forward to seeing the children grow even more vegetables and fruits this year. Over the past year we have met on a monthly basis with the Quantum team to implement a number of initiatives for the library which have continued to raise the profile of our non-profit organisation. Maktaba relies heavily on corporate sponsors and we look forward to working together on many more projects with Quantum over the coming year. “
“It is wonderful to see the fruits of our efforts and watching the garden develop over the last twelve months. The children need this opportunity to get back to nature and we have lots of plans and initiatives for the future,” said Jon Sanderson, Associate Director and project lead for the Maktaba Q-munity partnership.
Maktaba Children’s Library (Facebook:Maktabaqatar, www.maktabaqatar.org) is one of the first children’s libraries in Qatar. The library is open to the public and welcomes children from toddlers to teenagers with a range of story time sessions, research facilities and a book lending service. The library is a non-governmental not-for-profit organisation funded through, membership, partnerships and grants.
Quantum’s Q-munity CSR programme, started in 2013 and is aligned to the goals of the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the Qatar National Development Strategy 2011–16. The programme aims to actively add long-term value within the community by interacting with local organisations and supporting health, sport, community and educational initiatives.