April 4th, 2016 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has launched a three-month campaign to raise $2 million (QR 7,300,000) to implement an urgent relief program for thousands of displaced Iraqi families in Al-Anbar Governorate, Iraq, over six months.
Last week, QRCS issued an emergency appeal to support 8,000 families (40,000 people) affected by the recently escalating violence across the country.
In a press conference this morning, QRCS Secretary-General, Mr. Saleh bin Ali Al-Mohannadi, welcomed the media reporters and commended their support of QRCS's humanitarian activities, especially this charitable campaign that comes in a critical time for thousands of helpless Iraqi families who need shelter, health care, water and sanitation services, and food assistance. "Our office in Iraq is closely working with other local and international humanitarian organizations to ensure timely delivery of aid, avoid duplication of efforts, and reach out to as many victims as possible," Mr. Al-Mohannadi pointed out.
Mr. Aiham Al-Sukhni, Head of QRCS Disaster Management, reviewed QRCS's humanitarian intervention in detail. "We are planning to provide shelter and nonfood aid for 4,000 families at a cost of $650,000, clean water and hygiene facilities for 8,000 families ($500,000), medical care and health education for 8,000 families ($650,000), and food packages for 8,000 families ($200,000).
In relation to how to donate, Mr. Ahmed Al-Khulaifi, Head of QRCS Resource Mobilization, clarified, "You can send an SMS to 92966 to donate QR 100, 92770 (QR 500), or 92740 (QR 1000). Donations can also be deposited in person at QRCS's headquarters or agents at malls and shopping centers. Our online donation website is www.qrcs.org.qa, and our donation bank account IBAN at Barwa Bank is QA26BRWA000000000100000002005. For help, call any of our hotlines 66644822 and 66666364".
A previous emergency appeal was issued by QRCS on 19 June 2014, which secured humanitarian projects for more than 30,000 people (6,000 most affected families). In Ramadan 2014 and 2015, QRCS's personnel distributed food packages to 25,000 displaced Iraqis in Al-Anbar, Saladin, Baghdad, and Erbil. Under QRCS's Warm Winter Campaign 2015, QRCS distributed winterization aid to 5,000 homeless Iraqi families in Mosul, Al-Anbar, Amiriyah Fallujah, Baghdad and Ramadi outskirts, Diyala, Halabja, and the desert area between Hīt and Ar-Rutbah, Al-Anbar. Also, major water and sanitation projects were co-implemented by QRCS and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), with a budget of more than $1,750,000. ##End##
About Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS)
Established in 1978, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is a humanitarian charitable 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 (IFRC) in Geneva, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and 190 National Societies. QRCS is also a member of several Gulf, Arab, and Islamic assemblies, such as: the Islamic Committee of International Crescent and the Secretariat-General of the Arab Organization of Red Crescent and Red Cross. 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 charitable or philanthropic organizations.
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. As a reflection of its long-standing accomplishments and credibility, QRCS's Chairman, Dr. Mohammed Al-Maadheed, is former Vice-President of the IFRC.
Qatar Red Crescent works under the umbrella of the seven international humanitarian principles: Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality. For more information about Qatar Red Crescent, please contact Mr. Fareed Adnan, Head of Media Affairs, Communication Department, Tel.: +974 5583 7338, email: email@example.com. Or you can visit our website: www.qrcs.org.qa, or like and follow our social media pages: Facebook: www.facebook.com/QatarRedCrescent Twitter/ Instgram: @QRCS LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/qatar-red-crescent