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Syrian Children Delighted with QRCS Winterization Aid [EN/AR]

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QR 1.1. mn for 60,000 Beneficiaries

March 6th, 2016 ― Doha: Work is well in progress in the 'Touch of Warmth' project conducted by Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) in many needy parts of Syria, with a total budget of $1.1 million (QR 4 million), under its Warm Winter 2015-2016 campaign.

The latest winterization aid distributions were in Kafar Naha in western Aleppo countryside, Jarjnaz in Idlib countryside, and Qasr Ibn Wardan in eastern Hama countryside.

In these towns, the children received long-awaited warm clothes to cover their small bodies and protect their fragile health against the bitter cold of the winter.

Their innocent faces smiled as they wore their new warm clothes with the help of QRCS staff, who talked to them friendly and took group photos with them, in an attempt to help them forget the atrocities of war and displacement, and compensate them for deprivation of their basic rights to playing, food, warmth, and education.

For more than three months now, QRCS relief personnel in Syria have been conducting the production, procurement, and distribution processes of the project, in cooperation with International Community Development and Human Support Foundation (SDI) and International Humanitarian Relief (IHR).

The distributions are covering many affected cities and towns of Damascus, Rif Dimashq, Daraa countryside, Homs, Idlib countryside, western and southern Aleppo countryside, and eastern Hama countryside.

The purpose of the project is to distribute 30,500 bags of children's winter clothes, distribute 225,000 liters of heating oil, and restore 200 households damaged by war.

All the clothes were produced and delivered by the 26 contracted workshops, which hired more than 370 local workers. The second batch of heating oil (125,000 liters) has begun, following the distribution of the first batch (100,000 liters) to the recipient families (40 liters per family).

The household restoration works were highly welcomed by the communities, the beneficiaries, and the local professionals like electricians, plumbers, construction workers, carpenters, etc. So far, 80 households in Rif Dimashq and 30 households in Aleppo were restored.

Apart from the direct beneficiaries, there are many indirect beneficiaries, including 370 sewing workers, 150 reconstruction workers, 80 volunteers supervising the project, and 20 volunteers to distribute the heating oil.

The project is part of QRCS's Warm Winter campaign of 2015-2016, with the purpose of protecting Syrian children against the cold winter, helping reduce child mortality rates, encouraging school attendance and preventing absenteeism, supporting local livelihoods, reactivating small-to-medium plants and workshops, and reaching out to the beleaguered and most needy areas.

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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 189 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: fareed@qrcs.org.qa. Or you can visit our website: www.qrcs.org.qa, or like and follow our social media pages:
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