QRCS, QA distribute iftar food baskets to hundreds of families in Gaza, JordanAdmin
Publication: Qatar Tribune (English | Newspaper)
“I am the head of a five-member family. Being an elderly person who faces difficulty finding a job, I am struggling to secure food and housing for my children,” said Hajj Maher Haytham (67), describing his suffering as the humanitarian situation in Gaza gets worse. He received a food basket distributed by Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) with funding from Qatar Airways (QA), under the former’s Ramadan Iftar project in Gaza. Having been subject to several open-heart surgeries, Haytham is unfit for work due to his fragile health. He commended this benevolent donation in Ramadan, calling for more support to Gaza’s poor population. Hossam Abo el Kheir, deputy general manager of districts, the Ministry of Social Development of Gaza, said they had already distributed hundreds of food baskets to families under blockade. This contribution from QRCS and Qatar Airways, he said, would be of great help to many disabled, older and jobless persons. Each basket contained 20 food staples, including milk, cheese, rice, sugar and vegetable oil. Distributions were made in a manner that ensured maximum safety and protection against coronavirus infection. “The beneficiaries were selected according to a set of criteria, based on a socioeconomic status assessment for each beneficiary, done earlier in the project,” Abo el Kheir said. At the same time, Qatar Airways supported QRCS’ Ramadan Iftar project in Jordan, delivering food baskets to hundreds of Syrian and Jordanian families, in order to meet their needs during the Holy Month of Ramadan. These distributions fall under QRCS’ Ramadan Campaign 1441 AH, which involves many humanitarian operations in Qatar and 22 other countries, for the benefit of one million refugees and displaced and needy persons. Qatar Airways has recently allocated 100,000 free flight tickets for health care providers, in recognition of their heroic efforts being at the forefront of the coronavirus pandemic fighting around the world.