QRCS, KRCS Provide QR 1.8mn Food Aid for Syrian IDPs [EN/AR]

Report
from Qatar Red Crescent Society
Published on 20 Mar 2017 View Original

March 20th, 2017 ― Doha: As part of the bilateral cooperation to help the Syrians affected by recent escalation, Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS) and Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) have launched several food security projects at a total cost of $500,000 (QR 1.8 million).

Under the emergency response project for the internally displaced people (IDPs) of Aleppo, 6,000 food packages are currently delivered to 6,000 families (30,000 people) at shelter centers and camps as well as host households, to help them secure their basic food needs.

Each family is receiving a full package of food items like rice, macaroni, sugar, brown lentils, red lentils, bulgur, chickpea, beans, vegetable oil, olive oil, thyme, flour, semolina, salt, noodle, tomato paste, halawa, dates, and canned tuna.

The total budget of the project is $400,000. So far, food packages have been distributed to 2,136 families (nearly 11,000 people) in numerous areas and internally displaced people (IDP) camps of Idlib Governorate.

In addition, there are 377 indirect beneficiaries from 99 families who were hired as workers, drivers, and supervisors under the project. These jobs helped them generate income to cover the needs of their families, as the war has had a catastrophic impact on the finances of the local communities.

At the same time, bread will be provided for 4,345 displaced families (20,777 people) for two months, in an attempt to mitigate the suffering of the families displaced from western and northern Aleppo countryside and Idlib Governorate.

This scheme is designed to solve the problem of provision of bread for daily consumption, have the contracted mills and bakeries reopened, and create jobs for their staff as well as the bread distributors.

The project will distribute a total of 200,000 bread packs for free, at a cost of $100,000. The current progress rate is 89%, with 178,966 bread packs already distributed in 40 villages and IDP camps of Atarib (western Aleppo countryside), Azaz (northern Aleppo countryside), and Harem and Salqin (Idlib countryside).

To meet the urgent needs, extra 3,000 bread packs were distributed to 500 families in Azaz for three consecutive days. The daily distribution ration was raised to more than 6,000 bread packs to cover the large numbers of evacuees and the camps hosting widows and orphans.

Earlier this month, the two organizations distributed $1 million of winterization aid, including 10,000 blankets in western Aleppo countryside, as well as 250,000 liters of heating oil and 11,000 winter clothing bags for children in Rif Dimashq, northern Homs countryside, Idlib, and northern Hama countryside.