It was a rigorous multi-stage selection process and QFF was confident that five new sustainable projects had been chosen which would assistance exemplifying the spirit of QFF. The approved projects were announced at a signing ceremony attended by Qatar’s Ambassador to Japan and Chair of QFF, H.E Mr Yousef Bilal and the successful proposals were submitted by a number of private and public companies.
The projects include a Student City in Sendai and Iwaki cities that will provide an experience-based educational program which includes simulation of life in a real city. Another approved project includes a community revitalization initiative that will offer a community facility to foster sports, culture exchange, and childcare facilities to those in need.
A third project will offer valuable assistance to the community in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, areas hard hit by the tsunami. The project will include, among other things, the support and repair of institutions, including six institutions for handicapped people in Fukushima.
Regaining livelihood is also top of the agenda, and a project in Kamaishi City will bring tangible benefits to the fishery industry. The project will introduce a system that will efficiently freeze marine products. A fifth project similarly focuses on livelihood, through the context of family. It will focus on teaching families how to work together to grow produce that can then be sold.
Commenting on the announcement of the five projects, H.E Mr Yousef Bilal, Qatar’s Ambassador to Japan said: “On behalf of H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, and H.H Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Heir Apparent of the State of Qatar, I want to say how honored we are to be able to offer our support to Japan. We are confident that these five projects will offer renewed hope to those affected and we look forward to announcing further projects in the months ahead.”