February 19th, 2022 ― Doha: The representation office of Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) in Iraq is carrying out a winterization project in Iraqi Kurdistan, for the benefit of 8,625 persons.
Totaling $100,760 (QR 367,774) in value, the project is part of the Warm Winter 2021-2022 campaign titled “Home Feels Warm”.
The purpose of the project is to empower the displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees at camps and beyond, as well as the most vulnerable returnees, and to secure their basic needs such as shelter, health care, food aid, and non-food items. It will help them to withstand the harsh conditions during the cold winter and improve their living and economic conditions.
Here is the breakdown of beneficiaries: 500 families of displaced Iraqis and local host community, 195 Syrian refugee families, 3,455 school students of displaced Iraqis in Iraqi Kurdistan, and 1,000 ill children who seek treatment at the Raparin Hospital in Sulaymaniyah.
Under the project, the activities include distributing diverse food parcels to the displaced Iraqis at the Behirke and Al-Jada 1 camps, local families of persons with special needs, and poor refugee families.
Blankets were produced and distributed to families affected by flooding at the Qushtapa Syrian refugee camp in the outskirts of Erbil; the Raparin Hospital was supported with medications to treat children with chest, common cold, and COVID-19 infections; face masks were distributed to displaced school students; and 200 oil heaters were distributed to schools in the governorates of Erbil, Dohuk, and Sulaymaniyah.
To ensure food security, the automatic bakery of the Iraqi Red Crescent Society’s (IRCS) chapter in Erbil is provided with white flour, to operate the bakery and produce bread for the displaced Iraqis at Behirke, where most families have lost their source of livelihood due to cold, flooding, and snowfall in January.
So far, 500 food parcels and 500 blankets have been distributed, the Raparin Hospital provided with medications to treat 1,000 children with respiratory illnesses caused by the dreadful weather, masks offered to six schools for a total of 3,455 displaced Iraqis, and the automated bakery provided with four tonnes of white flour to operate it and produce bread for the displaced at Behirke (2,500 loaves of bread per day).
You can support the campaign through QRCS’s website (www.qrcs.org.qa), donor service hotline (66666346), and home visit (33998898). Or you can donate via bank transfer as follows: QIB (IBAN: QA51QISB000000000110575190014), QIIB (IBAN: QA66QIIB000000001111126666003), QNB (IBAN: QA21QNBA000000000850020196062), or 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.