Volunteers and businessmen from Qatar recently participated in the ‘International Best Buddies Leadership Conference in the US, along with fellow participants from nearly 50 other countries.
Founder and chairman of Best Buddies International, Anthony Kennedy Shriver, hosted the conference, which enabled participants to network, share expertise and to discuss global disability rights, tolerance, advocacy, professionalism, fund-raising, volunteer management among other topics.
Best Buddies Qatar is part of Best Buddies International, and was established in 2008 under the patronage of HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser in partnership with the Shafallah Foundation.
The aim of the programme is to provide opportunities for socialisation for people suffering from intellectual disabilities in Qatar, and a spokesperson described its mission as helping to “erase the invisible line of isolation for people with intellectual disabilities to be equal and dignified members of our society.”
Sheikh Mubarak bin Hamad al-Thani, and Ashraf Kamel al-Takrouri, organised the participants involvement. Among the participants were Mohamed al-Marri and Saad al-Suwadi from Omar Ibn Al Khatab School, Maha al-Meer from Carnegie Mellon University and Fatma Makki from Texas A&M University.
“The attendees improved their skills to deal with people with special needs, to be creative while organising events,” said a spokesperson, adding “the last day of the conference finished with a lunch party and taking pictures with the host of the event, Anthony Kennedy Shriver.”
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