Development Projects in West Darfur
Under the QR 22,630,000 grant given by the State of Qatar to develop and reconstruct West Darfur, Sudan, Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) has launched a new development project to provide agricultural machinery in Arara, West Darfur, as a way to improve the local community livelihoods and The project involves distributing tractors, Chisel plows, and harvesters and is estimated to serve up to 28,000 agricultural workers.
This is part of QRC's QR 3,650,000 economic empowerment program, which is designed to support poor families by enhancing their productive abilities and training them in agriculture, ranching, local handicrafts, and income-generating The project launch ceremony was attended by many local community leaders and the public, who warmly welcomed this great contribution to the region's local economy.
They commended Qatar's efforts to establish peace and security in West Darfur through development and reconstruction, under the 2011 Doha Agreement.
Since 2003, QRC has been extending help to the victims of the Darfur conflict, implementing many humanitarian projects, especially in the wake of the crisis and the influx of IDPs into major cities and displacement camps in remote areas.
Early in 2009, QRC opened a representative office in West Darfur to supervise its projects there, in the fields of health care, water and sanitation, and disaster In May 2010, QRC's activities were expanded with support from the State of Qatar, which initially gave QR 4 million for humanitarian projects.
Recently, QRC has focused on early recovery and encouragement of voluntary return. To that end, 10 artesian wells were dug and equipped with manual pumps to provide clean drinking water for the returnees in three towns.
Other activities included a sewage project in Geneina and food package distributions in Abu Besides establishing and operating a model services complex in Arara, QRC is planning for more projects in Darfur, including the operation of a health center in Serpa to serve nearly 20,000 beneficiaries, as well as other relief, water, environmental sanitation, and health projects.