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The initiative is part of an array of Qatar Airways corporate social responsibility initiatives around the world/COURTESY

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Qatar Airways surprised 130 Children from the Wema Centre in Mombasa

The initiative is part of an array of Qatar Airways corporate social responsibility initiatives around the world/COURTESY

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways surprised 130 children from the Wema Centre with gift packages during a special tour of one of its aircraft at Mombasa International Airport in Kenya last week.

The gifts were donated by the Qatari charity Box of Happiness, which is a youth-led initiative where children in Qatar gift their old toys to their peers in other parts of the world. The charity is supported by Qatar Airways, with its subsidiary, Qatar Airways Cargo, delivering the boxes.

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Communications, Salam Al Shawa, said: “Corporate social responsibility is at the heart of everything we do. We are delighted to be a part of this initiative that we hope brings joy to the children at the Wema Centre. Globally, we are proud to support the Box of Happiness initiative to deliver toys to children in need.”

The airline currently operates a total of 25 weekly flights between Doha and Kenya, including three daily flights between Doha and Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city, and four weekly flights to Mombasa.

From 20 December 2019, Qatar Airways will increase its frequency to Mombasa to five weekly flights.

The Wema Centre is a charitable organisation founded in 1993 that operates in both the Mombasa and Thika districts of Kenya and is headquartered in Mombasa. The charity is involved in the rescue, rehabilitation, and training of children in need. It offers a variety of services ranging from child residential care, health care, psycho-social support, remedial and formal educational support, vocational training, and community outreach services.

Corporate social responsibility is an essential part of Qatar Airways’ values as it continues to support the Educate-A-Child programme, which helps provide quality primary school education to millions of out-of-school children globally. The airline also partnered with Doha’s Shafallah Centre, Qatar’s special needs association, to provide special needs adults with employment opportunities at Qatar Airways.

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