The State of Qatar has announced grants totaling $10.4 million through its Qatar Harvey Fund in support of Houston-area organizations and families still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, which hit the Texas Gulf Coast in August 2017.
Grants include $1.7 million to Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA), a cultural community center that provides arts and educational programming, to fund repairs and improvements to its historic Dow School Building as well as sixteen three-year scholarships for MECA students whose families are still struggling.
The fund also awarded more than $4.9 million for renovations to the badly damaged Blue Triangle Community Center, which provides programs and activities for children and adults and houses a mural by the well-known artist John Biggers; nearly $3.2 million to Houston Habitat for Humanity, which will use the grant to repair or rebuild more than sixty homes in Harris, Jefferson, Orange, and Refugio counties; and $549,580 to the Rebuild Texas Fund, which will build out two mobile science laboratories, to be deployed to schools across southeast Texas, and restore warehouse and food pantry capacity in north and east Houston.
With the grants, the Qatar Harvey Fund has fulfilled its $30 million commitment for long-term recovery projects in southeast Texas.
"Helping to provide continued access to educational resources and opportunities in the wake of Hurricane Harvey is a primary goal of the Qatar Harvey Fund," said Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al-Thani, Qatar's ambassador to the U.S. and chair of the Qatar Harvey Fund. "MECA has been an educational beacon in the Houston area for more than forty-two years, and we want to help ensure that it continues to brighten the lives of children for many more generations to come."