Saturday, January 06, 2007

Muslim Country Helping with Katrina Recovery

Loyola gets grant from Arab kingdom
Saturday, January 06, 2007
By John Pope

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Loyola University has received $1.4 million from Qatar in the last installment of the $100 million that the oil-rich Middle Eastern kingdom had pledged to help the Gulf Coast area recover from Hurricane Katrina.
The money will underwrite Loyola's Qatar Scholarship Fund, which will be used during the next three years to underwrite 140 $10,000 need-based scholarships for students in the area Katrina slammed.
That grant was part of Qatar's $5.6 million payment, which was announced this week. Other beneficiaries were Humanity First USA, a Washington, D.C., organization that was given $1.17 million to repair two schools and five mosques in the New Orleans area, and Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans, which received nearly $3.1 million to provide subsidies as high as $25,000 to help people buy affordable local housing.

In its first announcement of storm-related grants, Qatar last year gave $12.5 million to Xavier University, $10 million to Tulane University and $3.3 million to Louisiana State University.

Being from the New Orleans area, I am very interested in what muslims have done to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina. I especially love articles that show a kindler, gentler, more giving side to muslims because we all know you don't see very much of that in the media nowadays. I thought of sister peaceful muslimah's post about breathalyzers when reading this. Kind of ironic that a country can spend millions of dollars to help victims on the gulf coast while ignoring some needs in their own country. Anyway, a big pat on the back for Qatar.


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