October 1st, 2017 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society's (QRCS) mission in the Philippines has recently delivered to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) 1000 Basic Emergency Shelter Kits (BESKs) under the 2nd phase of the relief programme launched by QRCS for the benefit of victims of Typhoon Haiyan of 2013.
Meeting the standards of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), BESKs are designed to provide the materials and tools to construct a simple shelter for displaced families.
Each kit contained the basic tools needed for affected families to repair their damaged houses following the disaster. The kit includes two tarpaulins, 6 poles for basic framing, and an assortment of fixings and tools.
The kit is designed for distribution to relieve immediate, life-saving shelter need for new or secondary displacement, or people on the move – to tide people over until a better solution can be found. Also, PRC helped select 650 neediest families in Santa Fe Municipality, Leyte Province, as beneficiaries of the project. The provided kits would be kept at PRC's warehouse for future use. The 1st phase of the relief programme in 2014 involved building 650 shelter units and seven classrooms in Tacloban City, Leyte, which was totally destroyed in the disaster.
About Qatar Red Crescent (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.
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