Doha, March 25 (QNA) - Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is launching nine shelter projects this year for the benefit of 43,000 persons in Syria, Yemen, Gaza, Niger, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh, at a total cost of over QR 21 million.
This comes part of QRCS's Ramadan Campaign 1444 AH "Humanity First: Give to Charity." In northern Syria, a model residential village will be constructed for the earthquake-affected families, comprising 300 homes, a mosque, a school, a health center, facilities, and services. Also, QRCS will support, rehabilitate, and operate four orphanages in northern Syrian villages.
In Yemen, 25 housing units will be constructed for poor families, and 5,440 shelter kits will be distributed to displaced families.
Other development projects include a 25-home residential village for poor families in Niger, 10 80-sqm mosques (each with a capacity of 1,000 persons) and 10 120-sqm mosques (each with a capacity of 1,400 persons) in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, to enable refugees and locals to perform prayer and other religious practices.
In Gaza, 90 poor families and persons with special needs will have their homes restored, maintained, and provided with solar panels.
In Afghanistan, QRCS's representation office will distribute 1,500 shelter kits to poor Afghan families.
During 2022, the shelter sector ranked second in QRCS's foreign operations in terms of budget, totaling QR 63,277,524. Among the achievements are the establishment of residential villages and services complexes, construction and restoration of homes, winterization aid, Eid clothing, and distribution of nonfood items (NFIs). A total of 343,667 people benefited from these projects.
In recognition of QRCS's considerable achievements in the shelter sector, its representation office in Yemen featured among the partners with the highest implementation in the mid-year report of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Shelter Cluster Yemen.
QRCS's humanitarian interventions in general and its shelter sector projects in particular focus on the activities with maximum benefit for the target groups, while complying with international humanitarian standards and considering the work environment. (QNA)