QC has established seven relief projects in Somalia, benefitting 20,000 displaced families.
The projects cost around QAR 1.2 million, donated by benefactors from Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
In a press release, Jassim Al-Salem, Executive Director of International Development at QC, explained that the projects aim to support the return of the displaced as well as the reconstruction of areas affected by drought.
‘This will enable the returnees to have a decent stable life in their original places, transferring them from people in need to productive people,’ Al-Salem said.
The projects target Bay, Bakool and lower Shabelle provinces, and will include the distribution of basic cooking equipment at a cost of QAR 602,000, benefitting 3,000 affected families, plastic sheets at a cost of QAR 424,000, benefitting 7,750 families, a childhood malnutrition project worth QAR 33 thousand, a potable water project worth QAR 28 thousand, a project to provide a water tank to an orphanage at a cost of QAR 15 thousand, a project to provide support to the Afgooye Center for Maternal and Child Care at a cost of QAR 11 thousand, and a project to purchase and distribute mosquito nets at a cost of QAR 70 thousand.
Al Salem explained that the implementation of these projects is based on the urgent needs of the affected and inline with the mission and objectives of QC. The childhood malnutrition project is expected to benefit 200 beneficiaries daily, including displaced children, mothers and pregnant women, in the Poly Tknico IDP camp in the capital of Mogadishu. Each of the 200 beneficiaries will receive soup and high nutrition biscuits.
The Afgooye Center project was implemented due to the large number of people suffering from malnutrition and serious diseases in the Afgooye area and the inadequacy of the current health center to provide the necessary health services. The project focuses particularly on maternal and child health care, and aims to reduce the spread of infectious diseases and epidemics. It will benefit 120 people a day.
The mosquito net project is intended to reduce the infant mortality rate, the incidence of malaria and other infectious diseases spread by mosquitoes within the IDP camps, and will benefit 5,000 displaced families.
The potable water project aims to provide safe drinking water to the displaced, reducing the level of disease due to drinking contaminated water.
The project to provide a water tank to the House of the Mother of the Believers orphanage follows a visit to the orphanage by a QC delegation, which decided that a water tank would be an effective means to improve the living conditions of the orphans. The project will benefit over 200 orphans, as well as orphanage staff.
Al Salem added that educational facilities would also be provided, as well as income generating projects to enable self-sufficiency, agricultural facilities, and the distribution of dry rations covering beneficiaries for a period of three months.