QATAR'S HAND IN KATRINA REHABILITATION CELEBRATED
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