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QRCS Brings Clean Drinking Water to 22,000 Yemenis in Dhale Governorate [EN/AR]

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February 13th, 2016 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has just completed a water project for thousands of families deprived of clean drinking water in the Dhale and Qa'atabah districts of Dhale Governorate, at a total cost of $50,000 (QR 181,859).

Over one month, QRCS personnel in Yemen dispatched trucks to distribute clean water to households, with the help of dozens of local volunteers. A total of 3,150 (22,000 people) received water tanks in numerous neighborhoods, with each family receiving 100 liters of water for one month.

The project was coordinated with the governorate and municipal authorities of Dhale as well as local charities, which made the field survey to select the beneficiaries from the neediest families, the displaced communities affected by war, and vulnerable groups (widows, orphans, indigents, and people with disabilities).

Most towns and suburbs of Dhale are experiencing a severe water crisis as a natural result of war, which had impact on everything, including basic services like water, electricity, education, and health. Prices are too inflated, and there is a scarcity in fuel.

Dhale is one of the country's poorest regions in water resources, depending mainly on water tanks from Habil ar Raydah, Lahij.

During a visit by the project's management to his Office, Dhale Governor appreciated the project for meeting the needs of the citizens, who live in distress due to the war. He wished success for QRCS to continue to conduct more of such vital projects, especially in water supply.

The chairman of Physical Disability Foundation in Dhale told QRCS personnel in Zabid, "Everybody here, including me, welcomed the team. I liked its mechanism and communication with the local community. QRCS is the first organization to provide drinking water in the region. We hope there will be more endeavors to help the people here in other aspects of life. Thanks to QRCS for this generous gesture, which is not strange for Qatar. May God help you do good".

Among the beneficiaries was Abdelrahman Haydara, a disabled person from Zabid, who smiled widely and said, "We thank QRCS a lot for this kind act of providing us with drinking water. This is the first water supply project conducted here even since before the eruption of the war. No other organization had brought pure water to this area. We hope this will be a good start and there will be more water for the citizens."

Another beneficiary was Aisha Gaber, a widow and mother of ten children, including two with permanent disabilities. Talking in her colloquial accent, she described her bad need of water to clean her disabled children and squash the thirst of her girls. She is the breadwinner of the family, and she cannot afford buying water. She has to leave her children unattended and walk for a long distance to carry water on her back and walk back under the sun. While receiving her water tank, she warmly asked God to bless and reward QRCS well.

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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 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: fareed@qrcs.org.qa. 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