Qatar Announces Katrina Relief Grants
"It is our duty to help people who were hurt...Today's globalization is making this one world and if any tragedy takes place we are all aware of it."
- Nasser Bin Hamad al-Khalifa, Qatar's ambassador to the United States
Washington, DC - The oil-rich Persian Gulf nation Qatar has decided on the distribution of about $60 million of a $100 million gift announced last September for victims of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
The beneficiaries include $22 million for Habitat for Humanity to build 293 homes in the three states; $12.5 million to expand the facilities of Xavier University's college of pharmacy; $10 million for scholarships at Tulane University for students who are Katrina victims; $5 million for scholarships for Katrina victims at Xavier University; and $3.3 million for a student relief fund at Louisiana State University.