Building And Maintaining Resilience Amid Covid-19
From the onset of the pandemic, Vodafone Qatar was quick to respond to the unprecedented crisis and rally behind national initiatives and ensure the most vulnerable communities received high-level support.
In light of this, all data usage charges have been waved for using Ehteraz, Qatar’s COVID-19 risk detector app. During the pandemic, Vodafone sent out more than 4 million health awareness messages to the country’s national manpower and provided bundles of free data to facilitate the process of training for workers and employees to become health ambassadors in their communities. The training was supervised and implemented by the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Ministry of Public Health.
To facilitate remote learning, children under the care of the Orphan Care Centre (Dreama) and Protection Social Rehabilitation Centre (AMAN), were provided with high speed 5G internet connections, laptops and tablets. In addition, under the umbrella of a new partnership with the Education Above All Foundation, 1000 free Mi-Fi devices and data have been given to financially disadvantaged pupils enrolled in the local Assalam Schools.
The adverse socio-economic impact resulting from the pandemic has impacted many and put vulnerable communities at more risk, making the yearly activities during the holy month of Ramadan even more important. During Ramadan, the Company donated QR 140,000 to Qatar Charity’s Food Baskets program that helped low- income families and labour workers unable to meet their daily nutritional needs. Similarly, Vodafone donated QR 100,000 to Qatar Red Crescent that went towards their Ramadan Iftar program. Education Above All Foundation also received a donation of QR 130,000 to ensure children of low-income families have equal access to education.