Qatar Charity and Palestinian officials laid the cornerstone on 18 February 2015 for the rebuilding of a Gaza residential high-rise flattened during the summer 2014 hostilities. The 500 residents of 11 story-tall Zafer 4 Tower were evacuated following warnings immediately after which the building was struck and destroyed by two bombs from the air.
The first phase of the Qatar Charity's health center in Khartoum North's Muzdalifah District has recently started. The center shall provide integrated health service for the people of the district and its neighboring areas and includes specialized units for maternal and child health. This is the latest project of Qatar Charity's Sudan whose activities implemented in 2014 were valued at approximately QAR 28.1 million (USD 7.7 million). More than 152,000 Sudanese in ten states in a wide array sectors benefited.
Qatar Charity has distributed humanitarian relief assistance to displaced Yemenis from two provinces at a cost of over QAR 500,000 (USD 140,000). The aid included shelter, food, medicine and medical treatment for the benefit of 6076 people. The projects were carried out in partnership with Yemen Development Network (YDN) who took part in the distribution of tents, mattresses, blankets, winter clothing and kitchen utensils, in addition to food items.
Qatar Charity's 2015 ‘To Build Palestine’ program is underway and shall involve the financing and implementation of large development projects, valued at more than QAR 197.6 million (USD 54.3 million) and is expected to benefit 1,147,000 people. The projects include education, health, shelter and economic empowerment for Palestinians in Jerusalem and its environs, the Gaza Strip, and the West Bank, in addition to the Palestinian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon.
Reconstruction and Rehabilitation
Qatar Charity has announced its latest allocation of an additional USD 6 million for the benefit of Syrian refugees in Lebanon during the 'Third Conference for the Study of Syrian Refugees’ Situation in Lebanon' that was held in Istanbul, Turkey from 5 to 7 February 2015. According to unofficial statistics, the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon now stands at almost two million, thereby making Lebanon the host of the largest number of Syrian refugees in the world.