The first batch of Qatar Charity’s (QC) aid convoys has departed from Turkey’s Gaziantep on Friday, as part of its 2021-2022 winter drive ‘Warmth and Peace’, heading to Syria and the Elbeyli camp on the Turkish-Syrian border.
A delegation from Qatar Charity headed by Mr. Ahmad Yousef Fakhroo, CEO's assistant for the Resources Development and Media Sector has launched the campaign from Gaziantep along with volunteers, media figures and social media influencers, in addition to the deputy mayor of Şahinbey in Gaziantep, and other local officials. Some 30,000 internally displaced Syrians and Syrian refugees are expected to benefit from the aid.
Some 15 aid convoys have been launched, carrying food items, personal hygiene kits, caravans, and tent sheets, with 11 convoys headed to camps located in the countryside of Idlib and Aleppo. Meanwhile, the other 4 convoys will be directly delivered to the Syrian refugees by Qatar Charity’s delegation. In cooperation of QC's Turkey office, Qatar Charity’s teams in Syria will distribute aid to families in need, orphans, widows and individuals with special needs, in addition to low-income households within host communities. Dozens of aid convoys are set to be launched carrying food, shelter, winterization aid and personal hygiene kits, in addition to 517 residential caravans. Some 350,000 refugees in Turkey and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Syria are expected to benefit from interventions.
“Delivering aid to Syrian IDPs and refugees in Elbeyli camp on the Turkish-Syrian border and in Syria marks the launch of the ‘Warmth and Peace’ winter campaign,” said Mr. Ahmad Yousef Fakhroo, CEO's assistant for the Resources Development and Media sector at Qatar Charity during his speech at an event held on this occasion.
He extended thanks to the people of Qatar for supporting Qatar Charity’s campaign to reach out to the target groups at an early time of winter. He said that their support contributes to bringing a warmer and safer winter to 1.4 million people in 18 countries around the world. He also thanked the deputy mayor of Şahinbey in Gaziantep, and the competent authorities in Turkey for supporting and facilitating the work of Qatar Charity in the country.
“We pay significant attention to those most affected by winter, particularly refugees and internally displaced persons, because they are more vulnerable than others to climatic conditions due to their poor housing and living conditions, especially in light of the continued COVID-19 pandemic,” Fakhroo added.
He noted that Qatar Charity interventions focus on Syrian ID, because of the dire humanitarian condition they suffer, and due to lack of accessibility by INGOs. He indicated that as Qatar Charity, through this delegation, is delivering aid to targeted beneficiaries, while simultaneously carrying out interventions in through its field teams, local and international partners.
Mr. Cuma Güzel, deputy mayor of Şahinbey in Gaziantep, thanked the Qatari people and Qatar Charity for supporting the Syrian refugees in Turkey. "We are working in partnership with Qatar Charity to implement many projects for Syrian refugees,” He added, emphasizing the importance of this cooperation for the benefit of Syrian refugees in the state. He also indicated that the state is working to deliver services and assistance to them.
Qatar Charity has recently launched the ‘Warmth and Peace’ campaign for the 2021-2022 winter season under the slogan ‘Share the Warmth’. The winter campaign aims to deliver aid, worth nearly 90 million QR, to more than 1.4 million people, including IDPs, refugees, and underprivileged families, in 18 Asian, African and European countries.
In addition to the State of Qatar, target countries include Palestine, Pakistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan, Bangladesh, Syria, Kyrgyzstan, Somalia, Morocco, Afghanistan, India, Yemen, Turkey, and Kosovo.
The campaign focuses on the displaced, refugees, and affected communities in countries suffering through protracted crises and facing exceptional circumstances.
The campaign aims to deliver winterization aid in the areas of food, winter supplies, shelter, health and education. The winter campaign’s products include food packages, clothes, blankets, heaters, heating fuel, tents, rent stipends, maintenance, and personal hygiene kits. Among the campaign’s products are also necessary medicines and medical supplies to protect the underprivileged, the displaced, refugees, and those with chronic diseases. The campaign also aim to support children's and youths' education in asylum.
Qatar Charity’s Delegation
Qatar Charity's delegation members:
Mr. Ahmad Yousef Fakhroo, CEO's assistant for the Resources Development and Media sector at Qatar Charity
Mr. Ahmed al-Shirawi, Head of the Relations and Social Responsibility Department at Qatar Charity.
Among the social media influencers who joined the delegation:
Mr. Mohsen Jassem - Wakra Live
The delegation also includes:
Visiting families of orphans
In addition to participating in the aid distribution, Qatar Charity’s delegation paid a visit to Syrian orphans and their families in Turkey to assess their needs. During the visit, gifts and toys were provided to the children.
On the sidelines of the visit, Mr. Ahmed al-Shirawi, head of the Relations and Social Responsibility section at Qatar Charity, said that this visit reflects Qatar Charity’s dedication and commitment towards orphans and their families, and its efforts in providing a dignified life for them through its sponsorship program. He also pointed that Qatar Charity’s ‘Rofaqa’ initiative is one of the largest orphan sponsorship initiatives in the world, sponsoring more than 180,000 orphans.
Ways to Donate
Donors can safely donate through Qatar Charity’s website (https://www.qcharity.org/en/qa/campaign?campaignId=377), app (Qatar Charity Mobile Apps - Be prepared with our apps (qcharity.org)), branches, or collection points located in malls and commercial centers across the country. Additionally, ‘Home Collectors' can be requested through the number: 44667711.