QATAR'S HAND IN KA­T­RINA RE­HA­BIL­I­TA­TION CEL­E­BRATED

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AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN Femi Ogun­ode re­acts af­ter a heat of the men's 200 me­tres ath­let­ics event

AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO

Ashraf Am­gad El­seify com­petes in the qual­i­fy­ing round of the men's ham­mer

throw ath­let­ics event Ten years ago af­ter Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina hit the Gulf Coast of the United States, Qatar and its part­ners on the ground cel­e­brated their joint ef­forts to pro­vide re­lief and re­store the city of New Or­leans. Within two weeks af­ter the storm, the Qatar Ka­t­rina Fund was es­tab­lished and with a gift of $100 mil­lion, the fund em­barked with its Amer­i­can part­ners on a jour­ney of build­ing and re­build­ing. The money was dis­trib­uted among ed­u­ca­tion, hous­ing and health care sec­tors. This jour­ney was cel­e­brated re­cently in a cer­e­mony at the New Or­leans Ritz Carl­ton that was at­tended by New Or­leans mayor Mitch Lan­drieu, for­mer Sen­a­tor Mary Lan­drieu, and Qatari Am­bas­sador HE Mo­hammed Ja­ham Al Kuwari. This “cel­e­bra­tion of re­cov­ery”, co-hosted by Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity and an ar­ray of cor­po­rate spon­sors, com­mem­o­rated Qatar's ef­forts to help the parts of the US that were bat­tered by Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina. HH the Fa­ther Emir Sheikh Ha­mad bin Khal­ifa Al Thani's visit to New Or­leans three years later was also re­mem­bered. Ear­lier last month HE Am­bas­sador Al Kuwari also launched a book doc­u­ment­ing those ef­forts with over 200 pages of sta­tis­tics and per­sonal sto­ries from Ka­t­rina vic­tims who have ben­e­fited from Qatar's gift.

Mu­taz Essa Barshim re­acts dur­ing the fi­nal of the men's high jump ath­let­ics event

Kenya's David Lekuta Rud­isha and Qatar's Musaeb Ab­dul­rah­man Balla com­pete in the semi-fi­nal of the men's

800 me­tres ath­let­ics event

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