Under the supervision of the Regulatory Authority for Charitable Activities (RACA), Qatar Charity (QC) launched “Arsal Relief” campaign to provide immediate assistance to Syrian refugees affected by snowstorms. The campaign seeks to raise $5.5mn approximately to provide heating facilities, food and medicines.
The campaign has been launched in response to the difficult conditions being faced by Syrian refugees in the town of Arsal and other Lebanese areas due to Storm Norma, which lashed Arsal last week.
Qatar Charity (QC) provided emergency relief aid to thousands of Syrian refugees in the Arsal camp, who are affected by the Storm Norma that hit their camp in Lebanon, benefiting 17,000 affected people during the past two days of the storm.
The relief team managed to reach the camp, despite difficulties due to the accumulated snow, heavy rain and violent winds and distributed assistance as part of QC’s winter campaign entitled “Below Zero”.
Around 4 million Syrian displaced and refugees have benefited from the relief projects implemented by Qatar Charity (QC) in Syria and other neighboring countries during the past year 2018. These projects were carried out at a total cost of more than QR85mn in the fields of shelter, food, health, education, water and others.
More than 3.4 people inside Syria have benefited from the aid provided at a cost of about QR65mn, while over half a million beneficiaries living in the countries of asylum such as Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan, availed themselves of the assistance worth QR20mn.
Qatar Charity (QC) joined the Somalia NGO Consortium and took part in the recent meeting of the consortium held in Mogadishu, which was attended by the Somali Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management Hamza Saeed Hamza and the Somali Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Saleh Ahmed Jameh. Peter de Clercq, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, and many directors of the offices of global humanitarian agencies also attended the meeting.
Qatar Charity (QC), Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have signed an agreement to provide shelter to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Yemen, at a total cost of $3mn.
The agreement was signed by Misfer Hamad al-Shahwani, deputy director-general of QFFD’s Development Projects Department; Mohamed Ali al-Ghamdi, assistant to QC’s CEO in the Governance and Institutional Development Sector; and Amin Awad, UNHCR director for the Middle East and North Africa Bureau and Regional Refugee Co-ordinator for Syria and Iraq.
Qatar Charity (QC) has provided urgent food aid for 20,000 people in many villages of the Eastern Province of Kenya, where drought has caused deaths, especially among children due to malnutrition, and the loss of large numbers of livestock, threatening the lives of nomadic pastoralists.
This emergency food project was implemented by QC’s office in the Kenyan capital Nairobi as part of the charity’s continuous efforts to support the Kenyan people, especially in areas affected by natural disasters such as floods and drought.
Qatar Charity (QC) has embarked on the implementation of four projects to contribute to providing the necessary heating facilities and treatment for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, with the aim of helping them cope with the cold of winter. The implementation of these projects came as part of QC’s “Below Zero” campaign, and are expected to benefit more than 21,000 people.
Qatar Charity (QC) has recently distributed 3,700 food baskets to the displaced people of Al Hudaydah Governorate in the capital Sana'a. The baskets worth up to QR 800,000 have benefited 26,000 people experiencing acute food insecurity, according to the classification of UN agencies operating in Yemen, while the charity prepares to provide food and shelter assistance for other 2,000 families this month, in conjunction with the approaching winter.
Hundreds of thousands of students at the primary, secondary and university levels benefited from various educational projects implemented by Qatar Charity (QC) in the Gaza Strip during the period 2009-2017, at a total cost of $14.5mn.
The value and quality of the projects completed over the last 8 years reflect QC’s keenness to attach a great attention and give priority to education, as it is one of the basic pillars of the sustainable development of societies, especially in poverty and unemployment-stricken areas of Gaza.
Qatar Charity provides the opportunity for the generous donors to fund other projects through the “Gaza the Right to Live” campaign.
Qatar Charity’s (QC) office in Gaza has implemented 15 health projects in the Gaza Strip during the period 2008-2018 at a cost of QR66mn, which benefited around two million people.
More than 8 million Palestinian people have benefited from various relief and development projects and social welfare services implemented by Qatar Charity (QC) in the Gaza Strip during the last 10 years (2008-2018) to meet their basic needs amidst the ongoing humanitarian crisis and high rates of poverty and unemployment.
These projects and services have been a top priority for Qatar Charity, as they, directly and indirectly, benefited 800,000 individuals and families annually.
QC’s Office in Gaza
Qatar Charity (QC) has initiated the implementation of three emergency projects in the Gaza
Strip to provide adequate medical care to tens of thousands of wounded and patients and support the health sector of the region, which is under siege.
The first project involves providing the substances for hepatitis A virus testing to blood bank laboratories in the Gaza Strip. This aimed at ensuring that the donated blood units are safe and free of the virus.
Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), Qatar Charity (QC) and UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced a cooperation agreement to provide UNHCR with $8.8mn in financial support in order to offer basic services to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
The agreement targets life-saving projects, which are to be implemented by the end of 2018, such as disaster risk reduction and response programs in the Kutupalong refugee camp and basic needs and services for refugees in Bangladesh.
Qatar Charity and UNHCR have announced the launch of a joint donation campaign to reintegrate Somali refugees and internally displaced people into Somalia, and provide them with a better life.
Qatar Charity (QC) has started the distribution of dry food to more than 6,000 families affected by drought in Baidoa city of Somalia. Thousands of Somali families have been displaced from affected remote areas to nearby villages and towns, due to the drought, which has frequently occurred in the country over the last three years, because of the disruptions in the rainfall.
The Qatar Charity Office in Khartoum has implemented a large number of water projects in many places of Sudan to put an end to the water problems in the country.
The implemented water projects, which include establishing water plants, drilling artesian and surface wells, and providing a drilling unit to dig deep wells, benefited hundreds of thousands of people.
Qatar Charity Relief projects focus on supporting the affected people inside Syria, as the beneficiaries residing inside Syria reached 72% of the total beneficiaries living in Syria and countries of asylum.
Qatar Charity's humanitarian relief interventions for displaced Syrians increased significantly in 2017 compared with previous years, as the beneficiaries in this year amounted 28% of the total number of beneficiaries for the period 2011-2017.
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Qatar Charity has allocated QR5 million for new relief projects to alleviate the suffering of internally displaced Rohingya people inside Myanmar and refugees who have been forced to flee to Bangladesh.
In a press release today, the charity stated that the amount was earmarked for food, shelter and non-food items and will cover tens of thousands of refugees and displaced Rohingya people.
Qatar Charity and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have signed a cooperation agreement to set up emergency shelter for displaced Rohingya Refugees in Myanmar, worth half a million dollars. The shelters are expected to accommodate 2,100 displaced people for six months.
This agreement was signed at Qatar Charity headquarters by Mr. Khalid Khalifa, UNHCR's regional representative at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and Mr. Yousuf bin Ahmed Al-Kuwari, Qatar Charity's Chief Executive Officer.