November 14th, 2020 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has launched its annual Warm Winter Campaign for the year 2020-2021, with the theme of #DignityIsPriceless. Under License No. 1299/2020 by the Regulatory Authority for Charitable Activities (RACA), the new campaign is aimed at meeting the food and winterization needs of around 42,200 families (253,260 persons) in 10 countries.
In this respect, Ali bin Hassan Al-Hammadi, Secretary-General of QRCS, remarked, “Since the beginning of 2020, there have been successive humanitarian crises that weighed heavily on the victims of existing disasters and conflicts and added to them thousands, or even millions, of new victims affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, flash floods in Sudan, Beirut Harbor explosion, and other emergencies that displaced households, damaged homes and facilities, and destroyed livelihoods”.
“To the vulnerable and the distressed, the winter is equivalent to suffering and hardship, particularly children, women, patients, and older persons. They are desperate for the winterization aid provided every year by Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) under its annual Warm Winter campaign. Over the past five years, more than 1 million beneficiaries in dozens of poor countries found shelter, warmth, and food, at a total cost of QR 65 million, which helped them to bear the difficult living conditions during the winter,” he added.
Mr. Al-Hammadi invited everyone who wishes to stand by their brothers and sisters in humanity to support a wide range of winterization relief projects, be generous to the poor and the homeless, and preserve their dignity during the winter, inspired by the slogan “Dignity Is Priceless”.
To ensure the warmth and dignity of the beneficiaries, Faisal Mohamed Al-Emadi, Executive Director of Relief and International Development at QRCS, said the campaign would cover 10 countries: Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, Gaza, Jerusalem and the West Bank, Bangladesh, Sudan, and Somalia.
According to him, there are two categories of aid: (1) food parcels containing local food staples that last for one month and (2) nonfood items such as heaters, heating oil and coal, blankets, carpets, medications, mattresses, jackets, pyjamas, scarfs, hats, gloves, socks, and shoes.
“These projects will be implemented by our foreign representation missions and offices in the target countries, in coordination with the host National Societies and local governments,” said Mr. Al-Emadi. “The standard procedures will be strictly observed in the procurement of relief items, under direct supervision of QRCS’s headquarters in Doha, thus ensuring maximum integrity, transparency, and compliance”.
Yousef Mohamed Al-Awadi, Director of Financial Resources Development at QRCS, asserted that donation to the Warm Winter projects is religiously permissible, as per a Fatwa from QRCS’s Sharia Committee.
Several means of donation were prepared for the esteemed donors who would like to support this campaign, including website (www.qrcs.org.qa), donor service hotline (66666346), and home visit (33998898).
For those who prefer mobile donation, they can send an SMS as follows
- Food parcel: Send an SMS with the symbol “F” to 92092 (QR 500) or 92552 (QR 250).
- Winterization kit: Send an SMS with the symbol “K” to 92092 (QR 500) or 92552 (QR 250).
- Heating supplies: Send an SMS with the symbol “W” to 92246 (QR 1,000), 92552 (QR 250), or 92216 (QR 100).
Or you can make a remittance via the following bank accounts:
- Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) – IBAN: QA51QISB000000000110575190014.
- Qatar International Islamic Bank (QIIB) – IBAN: QA66QIIB000000001111126666003.
- Qatar National Bank (QNB) – IBAN: QA21QNBA000000000850020196062.
- Masraf Al-Rayan – IBAN: QA18MAFR000000000011199980003.
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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.