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Qatar Charity, OCHA sign cooperation agreement for 2024

Qatar Charity (QC) signed a cooperation agreement with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to support the work of OCHA and the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). The aim is to ensure the provision of reliable humanitarian assistance in sudden and neglected crises around the world. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of Qatar Charity's participation in the High-level Strategic Dialogue between the State of Qatar and OCHA, which was recently held in Doha. The agreement was signed by Mr. Martin Griffiths, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, and Mr. Yousuf Al Kuwari, the CEO of Qatar Charity. In his address at the opening of the strategic dialogue, Mr. Yousuf Al Kuwari, the CEO of Qatar Charity, spoke about the extended strategic partnership between Qatar Charity and OCHA, which includes funding, implementation of projects, exchange of information and expertise, and coordination of humanitarian interventions. He mentioned that this partnership recently led to the signing of a memorandum of understanding in December last year to support the implementation of quality projects in the most needy regions and humanitarian crises. He further explained that the signing of this agreement to contribute to the Strategic Financing Program for 2024, with a value of 10 million US dollars to support the work of the OCHA and CERF, is the result of this cooperation. Al-Kuwari emphasized that humanitarian work has faced significant challenges, with increased targeting of humanitarian workers in conflict-affected regions. He noted that humanitarian organizations are struggling with restricted access to needy communities and obstacles hindering the delivery of humanitarian aid, which has been particularly evident in the response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza. For his part, Mr. Ahmed Marii, Head of OCHA Qatar Office, expressed his happiness with the signing of the agreement. 'This agreement has been the foundation of our cooperation over the past years and beyond,” said Marii, looking forward to further cooperation, strategic partnerships, information exchange, and capacity building for both parties. Sessions On the sidelines of the strategic dialogue, Qatar Charity participated in a session that discussed areas of strategic cooperation and partnership between the State of Qatar and OCHA Mr. Nawaf Al-Hammadi, Chief Global Programs Officer at Qatar Charity, emphasized the importance of long-term strategic collaboration between OCHA and Qatar Charity. He stated that this collaboration reflects a mutual commitment to humanitarian causes across the globe, evolving from a shared recognition of the urgent needs to respond to the crises-affected regions. He further said, “Qatar Charity acknowledges the significance of collaboration in maximizing the impact of humanitarian efforts, and it has actively cultivated strategic alliances and partnerships with international organizations, governments, NGOs, and local communities to leverage resources, expertise, and networks for effective humanitarian action.” He also mentioned that Qatar Charity has also played a significant role as an implementing partner of OCHA, executing several projects funded by OCHA in the fields of Health, Nutrition, Livelihoods and, WASH. He indicated that these initiatives have been effectively implemented by Qatar Charity to provide essential support to the displaced and crisis-affected populations of Yemen and Syria. He noted, “This bilateral cooperation between both organizations underscores a mutual trust and confidence we have in one another. It also reflects our joint commitment to the effective and timely implementation of projects aimed at aiding crisis-affected communities worldwide.” For his part, Mr. Mana Mohammed Al-Ansari, Director of the Emergency and Relief Department at Qatar Charity, participated in a session on the humanitarian situations and needs in Gaza, Sudan, and Afghanistan. He said, “While emphasizing on the collaboration within humanitarian sector, I believe this is of prime importance, especially when dealing with complex conflicts like those in Afghanistan, Sudan, and Gaza. These complex emergencies require coordinated efforts for maximizing impact and reaching those most in need.” He mentioned, “Effective coordination ensures efficient assistance delivery to the intended beneficiaries. Genuine cooperation involves integrating diverse stakeholders, each contributing unique strengths while respecting others’ mandates. Through such collaboration, we can achieve sustainable and impactful outcomes in our humanitarian endeavours.” He also highlighted Qatar Charity's humanitarian interventions in Sudan, Afghanistan, and Gaza. The strategic dialogue - which is the first of its kind since the beginning of the partnership between the State of Qatar and the OCHA - aims to discuss and address ways to enhance cooperation between the two parties to coordinate humanitarian affairs in several areas, the most important of which is finding sustainable ways to ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid to those in need.

22/05/2024

Qatar Charity opens mosques in Pakistan and Somalia
Qatar Charity built and equipped two mosques in the city of Garuwe in Somalia and the Charsadda region in Pakistan, in the presence of many officials from both countries. The Taiba Mosque was opened in the Somali city of Garoowe, in the presence of the Minister of State for Justice, Endowments and Religious Affairs, Sheikh Abdul Qadir Ali Warsame, in the Somali state of Puntland, and the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Planning and Public Relations, Abdul Qadir Abdul Tahir Farah, in addition to a several officials, and sheikhs in the city. The Taiba Mosque is an important addition to the city of Garoui, as it will provide a place of worship and communication for the people of the city, and it will also contribute to spreading science and knowledge through the library of the Holy Qur’an located there. Taiba Mosque In his speech at the opening ceremony, Sheikh Abdul Qadir Ali Warsame, Minister of State for Justice, Endowments and Religious Affairs in the Somali state of Puntland, praised Qatar Charity’s distinguished efforts in building the Taibah Mosque with high quality, praising the design and construction standards that reflect Qatar Charity’s keenness to provide the best services. for local communities. The Minister stressed that the Taiba Mosque is a valuable addition to the city of Garoui, expressing his hope that this mosque will be a beacon of light, peace, and cohesion among the people of society, and that it will contribute to strengthening good religious and moral values. The mosque, which was carefully designed to meet the needs of the local community, consists of the main prayer hall, a Qur’an library, and other facilities. The mosque was comprehensively equipped with furniture and speakers.
20/05/2024 More details  
Qatar Charity’s delegation delivers relief aid to Afghanistan flood victims
In response to the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, Qatar Charity (QC), through the airlift of the Qatar Emiri Air Force, sent three planes carrying 60 tons of relief aid to the flood-affected victims in the Balkh province in the north of the country. The aid included 48 tons of food items, comprising 1000 food packages, and 14 tons of living necessities, including 3000 blankets. A total of 8000 affected individuals in the provinces of Balkh and Takhar benefited from this assistance. Qatar Charity’s delegation currently in Afghanistan is distributing aid to the affected individuals in collaboration with the Afghan Red Crescent Society, in addition to assessing the situation and evaluating the scale of Urgent Humanitarian Needs. Mr. Mana Al-Ansari, Director of the Emergency and Relief Department at Qatar Charity, stated that Qatar Charity's intervention came as an urgent response to the flood disaster. He noted that it immediately dispatched its aid through the airlift of the Qatar Emiri Air Force to meet the needs of the Afghan people affected by the floods. He emphasized that Qatar Charity will continue to deliver assistance, and it is currently studying new projects for future intervention, which will include the provision of additional aid in the coming period. It is worth noting that the floods that hit northeastern Afghanistan have caused significant damage, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of people and the destruction of more than 300 homes. The heavy rains have also inflicted damage on health centers, tunnels, bridges, agricultural lands, and livestock.
19/05/2024 More details  
Qatar Charity hosts festival for 'Future's Leaders'
Qatar Charity (QC) organized the seventh edition of the Orphan Day Festival at Aspire Zone Park, celebrating Arab Orphan Day with various cultural and entertainment activities. The event was attended by Mr. Faisal Rashid al-Fehaida, CEO's assistant for the Programs and Community Development sector at Qatar Charity. Many children, both male and female, sponsored under the ‘Future’s Leaders’ program, along with their mothers, took part in the event. The Orphan Day Festival aims to promote the concept of sponsorship, empower orphans to boost their self-confidence, achieve social integration, and draw attention to the importance of caring for orphans and meeting their needs. The festival included a variety of activities, notably a theatrical performance, competitions, and recreational activities, as well as prizes for winners in the competitions and a speech highlighting the importance of Orphan Sponsorship. Additionally, accompanying programs such as a children's corner, recreational and educational games, and small-scale projects involving productive families in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs, enriched the festival experience. In his address at the festival, Sheikh Khalid Bomozeh emphasized the importance of providing comprehensive care for orphans, ensuring a conducive environment for their proper and balanced growth and development. He also highlighted the suffering of orphans in Gaza, who are experiencing the most severe forms of deprivation and the absence of familial care amid the ongoing aggression against them, indicating that the number of orphans there is increasing day by day. He underscored the need for greater attention to these afflicted children by offering assistance and necessary care to help them overcome the challenges and hardships they face. At the festival, the poet Radi Al-Hajri delivered a poignant poem, urging for the sponsorship of orphans, and shedding light on the rewards received by sponsors and the impact of sponsorship on the enhancement of social and humanitarian bonds. The children and their mothers expressed their immense happiness at participating in the Orphan Day Festival. Ahmed, one of the children, expressed his admiration for the event, describing it as 'wonderful and beautiful.' He noted that it provided children with the opportunity to enjoy various activities such as competitions and recreational games. Mrs. Ghada Youssef, the mother of one of the sponsored children, expressed, 'The event has created an atmosphere of joy, allowing children to enjoy the festival's activities and make new friends.” She also thanked Qatar Charity for its efforts in sponsoring children through the 'Future’s Leaders’ program. Mr. Abu Ali, an audience member, stated that it raises awareness among the public, especially among children about the importance of supporting and caring for orphans. He noted that such events contribute to strengthening social cohesion and instilling values of solidarity and generosity in the hearts of children.
16/05/2024 More details  

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