On World Refugee Day
Qatar Charity: Humanitarian interventions and continuous partnerships for refugees
- 8,240,585 IDPs and refugees benefited globally from Qatar Charity's relief projects from January 2019 to 15 June 2020
- From 2019 to date, Qatar Charity has signed 16 agreements on refugee protection with several international organizations
Qatar Charity (QC) affirmed its continued keenness to ensure a dignified life for refugees throughout the world, and to work on easing their sorrow by implementing projects and initiatives through its field offices or in cooperation with partners like international and local organizations.
This comes on the World Refugee Day, which is observed June 20 each year to raise awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world, and this year, the day is being observed under the theme “Every Action Counts”.
Qatar Charity's relief and humanitarian intervention included providing winter aid and basic assistance in the fields of food, shelter, health, education, water, and social cohesion.
These projects benefited refugees and internally displaced people from several countries including Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Myanmar, and Somalia, in addition to Rohingya refugees.
The total cost of the projects implemented by Qatar Charity for refugees and the displaced from January 2019 to June 15, 2020 is nearly 581 million riyals, benefiting 8,240,585 people.
Syria received the largest portion of assistance provided by Qatar Charity during this period due to the tragic situation of the displaced and Syrian refugees. This assistance amounted to more than 314 million Qatari riyals and benefited nearly 2.8 million people.
From 2019 to date, Qatar Charity has signed 16 agreements on refugee protection with several international organizations, namely the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), UNICEF and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The affected of many countries such as Yemen, Bangladesh, and Syria, have benefited from these agreements.
It is worth mentioning that Qatar Charity is linked to a four-year strategic cooperation agreement signed with UNHCR in Geneva in 2017, which aims at providing financial resources for refugee relief projects, and jointly funding them by both parties, with at least 3 million dollars annually.
These agreements have targeted several areas such as health care, water, education, food, and livelihoods.
Qatar Charity (QC), since the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, signed various cooperation agreements with several international organizations to contribute to the global efforts to limit the spread of the virus and provide emergency assistance to those affected, including refugees.
Qatar Charity, in cooperation with UNHCR, began providing emergency assistance to Syrian refugees throughout Lebanon in response to the humanitarian needs resulting from the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, as part of the $1.5 million signed between two parties.
Under the cooperation with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Qatar Charity has started to establish 14 community-based isolation units in northern Syria to benefit 2,800 people of camps at a total cost of US$1.6 million.
Qatar Charity worked with UNICEF to maintain access to safe drinking water and sanitation services for the benefit of Syrian refugees in Jordan. The value of the contribution amounted to one million US dollars, in addition to signing other agreements.
Last year, Qatar Charity launched the "For Humanity" initiative in cooperation with the UNHCR to provide aid to more than 300,000 refugees from Yemen, Iraq, Somalia, and Syria, in addition to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
The ‘For Humanity (4H)’ is the Largest Humanitarian Relief initiative to provide emergency assistance to vulnerable refugees across the globe, and ensure they are safe, healthy and well-fed.