QRCS Delivers Winterization Aid to Cave Dwellers in Afghanistan

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February 5th, 2017 ― Doha: Under its Warm Winter campaign for 2016-2017, Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS) has delivered much-needed winterization aid to 2,500 families in Afghanistan, at a total cost of $250,000.

These distributions are aimed at alleviating the suffering of destitute, homeless, and displaced families and helping them withstand the freezing weather.

The aid items included blankets, winter clothes of varying sizes, and tarpaulins, in accordance with the shelter and nonfood items (NFIs) standards.

QRCS personnel coordinated with the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) and local authorities in target regions for selecting the beneficiaries. A special focus was given to the families with orphans, disabilities, widows, or elderly people who have no breadwinners.

In October 2016, QRCS and ARCS had signed an MoU to conduct the project together. First there were logistic and technical preparations, then shortlisting of beneficiaries, and finally specifications and amounts of aid items supplied.

Four provinces were covered as follows: Kunduz (900 families), Panjshir (500), Bamyan (500), and Oruzgan (600). Most of these families live in mountain caves and rocky foothills, almost with no source of warmth at all.

Every family received four blankets, three jackets for children, two jackets for adults, and one piece of tarpaulin.

Many families saw this project as a 'savior', including Alyaa, a widow with three children, who thanked QRCS for this aid in the face of the bitter winter.

Abdul-Rahim, a disabled father of seven children, was so happy to get this aid, appreciating the effort by QRCS and ARCS to reach out to remote areas and help those in need, particularly as the winter and displacement are combined to make their situation even worse.

Taher Dhahir, Governor of Bamyan, praised this contribution from the State of Qatar, in a generous act that provided some of the enormous needs of the province's poor population.

"This intervention is a true manifestation of solidarity. We hope that this support would continue in development, education, health care, and other sectors in the country's most challenged province," he remarked.


About Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS)

Established in 1978, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is a humanitarian volunteering organization that aims to assist and empower vulnerable individuals and communities without partiality or discrimination.

QRCS is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which consists of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and 190 National Societies. QRCS is also a member of several GCC, Arab, and Islamic organizations, such as the Islamic Committee of International Crescent and the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO). In this legally recognized capacity, QRCS has access to disaster and conflict zones, thus serving as an auxiliary to the State of Qatar in its humanitarian efforts — a role that distinguishes it from other local charities and NGOs.

QRCS operates both locally and internationally and has ongoing international relief and development projects in a number of countries throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Europe. QRCS's humanitarian actions include providing support in disaster preparedness, disaster response, risk reduction, and disaster recovery. To mitigate the impact of disasters and improve the livelihoods of affected populations, QRCS provides medical services, healthcare, and social development to local communities. It is also active at the humanitarian advocacy front. With the help of a vast network of trained, committed staff and volunteers, QRCS aspires to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity.

QRCS works under the umbrella of the seven international humanitarian principles: Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality. For more information, please contact Fareed Adnan, Head of Media Affairs, Communication Department, Tel.: +974 5583 7338, email: