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American university, hospital among Qatar grant beneficiaries

QATAR has announced roughly $60mn in grants to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina, including $17.5mn to Xavier University of Louisiana, the only historically black Catholic university in the US, the New York Times reported yesterday.

"The remaining $40mn, of Qatar’s earlier announced aid package of $100mn, will be assigned in the coming months," the daily quoted Qatar’s Ambassador Nasser bin Hamad al-Khalifa as saying.

Other beneficiaries of Qatar’s grants are Tulane University, Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, Habitat for Humanity, Louisiana State University and the March of Dimes.

"Hurricane Katrina was so devastating that everyone in Qatar and the rest of the world felt a responsibility to really act," al-Khalifa said.

More than 50 countries donated money, expertise and materials, according to a tally by Foreign Policy, a magazine published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Qatar elected to distribute its money directly, rather than rely on an intermediary. The envoy said the country wanted to ensure transparency and accountability.

"Our past experience is that while you can give to any organisation or to a government," he said, "you have no control over the money and then you discover the people most affected have not benefited."

To identify projects Qatar might want to support, al-Khalifa and his representatives talked to relief organisations, educators, members of Congress and other experts, and some embassy staff members travelled to the region.

Qatar is giving Xavier, which is in New Orleans, $12.5mn to add 60,000 sq ft to its College of Pharmacy so it can increase enrolment.

The gift has additional benefits, the ambassador said. It will provide construction jobs and students from the university work in community clinics.

Xavier will also get $5mn for scholarships for students affected by the disaster.

"It’s going to allow us to help those students to finish their education," said Norman Francis, president of Xavier. "That’s important because Xavier is the No. 1 producer of African-American graduates in the natural sciences, and those students then go on to get admitted to medical school."

Tulane will receive $10mn to help undergraduate students from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama who were affected by Hurricane Katrina, as well as students from those states entering the university next fall.

Qatar’s $5.3mn gift was the biggest Children’s Hospital has ever received, said Steve Worley, its president.

The hospital will use $5mn to establish the Qatar Cares Fund to help pay for medical care for needy children whose families were affected by the hurricane

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Good Luck Lousinia and New Orleans!! Best of luck to our brothers and sisters contributing to the ongoing recovery mission!
 

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Thank you to everyone in Qatar. It is greatly appreciated!
 

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Yes...very nice, generous, and appreciated!
 

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You guys are most welcome!! Well what are friends for? Good luck with all those still hard at work reconstructing New Orleans (which I have vacationed there more than 5 times)!!!
 

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Sean in New Orleans said:
Yes...very nice, generous, and appreciated!
Very interesting that you say that Sean in New Orleans. You are happy to take money from Qatar, yet when I stated on December 10th, 2005 that

"...what I would like to see is hotels, convention centers and the state owned Georgia Dome take some of their money and donate to a charity that will help New Orleans rebuild its infrastructure so that those who work in these industries can find jobs again and provide for their families. It really is the right thing to do." Your peculiar response was that "...I, truly believe, that it is up to us to work ourselves out of the problems that have been presented to our community."

Apparently today you'd rather take money from a country that is a member of OPEC which has affected dramatically the price we pay for oil and natural gas, but don't want money from cities, like Atlanta, which have benefitted from the forced relocation of thousands of people to Atlanta and the transfer of conventions from New Orleans to Atlanta because NO's facilities were in disrepair. It was a bizarre attitude then and it makes no sense when you compare it with your attitude now.

You can see the thread here, it's only two posts: www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=292656
 
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