Under the slogan, 'Towards more effective and safer humanitarian action', Qatar Charity launched the third edition of the International Forum for Humanitarian Work in Doha, Qatar. This two-day forum involves the participation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Government of Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Committee of the Red Cross, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and a number of Gulf Cooperation Council-origin and international humanitarian organizations.
Qatar Charity recently provided additional tents to house internally displaced Syrians in the Idlib and Jisr Al-Shughur districts of Syria's Idlib governorate. The families benefiting were recently displaced due to new rounds of conflict. Aid provided was valued at QAR 605,000 (USD 166,000). Since the start of 2015, Qatar Charity has spent QAR 36.5 million (USD 10 million) on Syrian relief.
Qatar Charity's initial emergency relief team has returned from Nepal. Following visits and needs assessments in Greater Kathmandu and Gurga they made Qatar Charity's initiation distribution to 18,000 people affected by the earthquake who had not yet received assistance. The value of this distribution was USD 100,000. Items distributed included food, blankets, mattresses and other non-food items including hygiene kits. Food items provided included rice, flour cooking oil, sugar and lentils.
Qatar Charity has implemented a QAR 11 million (USD 3 million) agricultural rehabilitation project in the Gaza Strip. The project came within the framework for the rehabilitation of agricultural areas that were destroyed during the summer 2014 aggression on the Gaza Strip.
Qatar Charity is implementing a QAR 550,000 (USD 151,000) pilot project for potato cultivation as part of its food security programming for Syrians. Qatar Charity is seeking ways to address the food shortages by encouraging farmers to re-engage in agriculture and revitalize land left to ruin when people fled the region. Seeking to benefit people in Aleppo, Idlib and Sahel, land has been prepared, irrigation has been secured through renting wells, seeds planted and the needed fertilizer and pesticides sprayed.