QRCS distributes food baskets to 163,000 beneficiaries in 16 countries

QRCS distributes food baskets to 163,000 beneficiaries in 16 countries

Publication: Gulf Times (English | Newspaper)

Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has been distributing food baskets to t t families in 16 countries as part of the Ramadan Iftar project. All precautions are taken to ensure protection against Covid-19, QRCS has said in a statement. Falling under QRCS’s Ramadan Campaign 1441 AH, the project has an overall budget of QR9.7mn, providing food to around 32,600 families (163,000 people) in Palestine, Sudan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Mali, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Somalia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Senegal, Albania and Iraq. In Afghanistan, QRCS provides food packages that meet the needs of 5,430 poor families in five Afghan provinces, mostly displaced families, orphans, widows and disabled persons, at a total cost of $426,000. Under the Ramadan Iftar project, 2,430 families in Kabul, Khost and Paktia Pprovinces will receive 530, 950 and 950 food baskets, respectively, each containing 86kg of food items like flour, rice, vegetable oil, sugar, tea and iodised salt. These provisions are estimated to serve a family for one month. At the same time, Zakat ulFitr food baskets will be distributed to 3,000 families, in Ghor and Farah, or 1,500 in each province. Each basket contains 74kg of rice and flour. In Jordan, QRCS’s representation mission and Jordan National Red Crescent Society distributed food vouchers to over 1,400 Syrian and Jordanian families in Irbid, Mafraq and Amman. To avoid gatherings, many beneficiaries received their food baskets at their homes, and there were more than 10 locations of distribution. For the 11th year in a row, QRCS’s representation mission in Somalia distributed food baskets to displaced families in Mogadishu, as well as the families affected by floods in southwestern provinces of Shebelle. Each of the project’s 1,750 families received 95kg of food items, including rice, flour, sugar, milk, dates and vegetable oil. Costing a total of QR670,000, the distributions were made with strict health preventive measures that involved social distancing, well-organised crowds, handwashing and provision of masks. In the West Bank, QRCS and the Palestinian Red Crescent Society co-distributed a first batch of Ramadan food baskets, each containing 30kg of food items, across the northwestern villages of AlQuds. Together with its counterparts in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, QRCS distributed one-month food baskets to 800 Tajik families and 1,000 Kyrgyz poor and disabled beneficiaries, respectively. QRCS delivered Ramadan food baskets to more than 200 poor beneficiaries in 26 municipalities of Kosovo in the presence of Albin Kurti, Prime Minister of Kosovo; Albulena Haxhiu, Minister of Justice; as well as Feride Hyseni and Agron Humolli, president and secretary-general of the Red Cross of Kosovo, respectively. These distributions were praised by the top government officials who were present, the statement noted. In order to help poor Bangladeshi families who lost their sources of income due to the Covid-19 lockdown, QRCS and Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) distributed 5,000 food baskets as part of its efforts to combat the pandemic. Currently, a total of 13,850 food baskets are being distributed to Myanmar refugees and host communities in Cox’s Bazar, in partnership with BDRCS and the Turkish Red Crescent. The distribution of Ramadan Iftar baskets is being carried out by all QRCS foreign missions and offices under its Ramadan Campaign. QRCS has thanked the Regulatory Authority for Charitable Activities for giving approvals that facilitated these projects both in Qatar and internationally. The contributions of organisations, companies and individuals are highly appreciated, the statement adds. One can donate to QRCS’s charitable activities by donating online (www.qrcs.org. qa), making a bank transfer via QIIB (IBAN No QA66QI1B00000000111112 6666003), or vising the short code page (app.qrcs.org.qa/cov). There is a hotline for enquiries by donors (66666364) and another for requesting a home visit (33998898). Donations can also be received at the QRCS headquarters (Cor niche), Training and Development Centre (Umm Al Seneem), or via major shopping centres (Al Meera, Carrefour and LuLu Hypermarket). Donors are reassured that all measures are taken to ensure their maximum safety and protection, QRCS has said.

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