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QRCS rehabilitates drinking water wells for underserved Yemenis [EN/AR]

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Yemen
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Qatar Red Crescent
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May 11th, 2020 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has inaugurated a project to rehabilitate water resources in two Yemeni governorates, with a total budget of $399,999.

In Taiz, 13 wells are being dug down and deepened, with each well provided with a pump and source of power. These developments are estimated to benefit the 13,000 population of three districts (Al-Shamayatayn, Al-Mawasit, and Jabal Habashy).

The inauguration was attended by community leaders and the public. Sheikh Abdullah Mohamed Al-Mohammadi, representative of community committees, welcomed QRCS’s staff. “This project is a first contribution from the people of Qatar,” he stated. “The rehabilitated wells are much-needed in an area where water resources are obsolete, after 40 years of use. We demanded a renovation of the project in general. Four wells are already out of service. They need to be deepened, cleaned, and provided with pumps. This first project in the area would be very helpful for the population, particularly at times of drought. More good things are yet to come, Inshaallah”.

Mohamed Mahioub Al-Rasimi, member of community committee in a village of Al-Shamayatayn District, described the project as beneficial for many inhabitants, particularly women, expectant mothers, and children, as it saves them a lot of effort to bring water and makes safe water available of everyone.

He added, “The project would secure clean water, which had always been very difficult and expensive to get from distant places. We would like to thank QRCS for this support. May Allah bless the soul of Ms. Gharisa Khalifa Al-Suwaidi”.

QRCS’s representative, Eng. Mohamed Naguib, stated, “The project involves digging down and deepening wells to obtain enough water. The wells will be protected with stone lining, covered, and maintained against pollution. There will be taps, plastic tanks, and underground solar pumps. A room will be built for the pump and accessories”.

Eng. Naguib said the locals were very happy with such projects, which helped to alleviate much of their suffering. QRCS pays great attention to water projects in Yemen for many reasons. The wells already in used were dug too long ago, and the target areas have scarce water resources. Water was carried on animals, or women and children had to carry water buckets on their shoulders, with negative health impact.

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About Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS)

Established in 1978, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is a humanitarian volunteering 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 Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and 191 National Societies. QRCS is also a member of several GCC, Arab, and Islamic organizations, such as the Islamic Committee of International Crescent and the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO). 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 charities and NGOs. 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.

QRCS works under the umbrella of the seven international humanitarian principles: Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality.