Qatar Charity extended its thanks and appreciation to the national institutions and companies that supported the Ramadan campaign 1437 AH "Your Giving Saves Lives." QC pointed out that the campaign supported the needy families, alleviated the population's intense suffering, and helped millions of people inside and outside the country in Ramadan.
"Believing in the importance of partnership and cooperation in realizing the development and humanitarian objectives and giving the opportunity for more charitable work, QC spares no effort to enhance its cooperation with various partners nationally, regionally and globally, as this is aligned to the State of Qatar's vision", said Mr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Kuwari, the CEO of QC.
Relief and Development
He added that we should be faithful to our partners in Qatar and appreciate their efforts that deeply had a positive impact on the beneficiaries and pleased the displaced, refugees, needy, orphans and patients. He also prayed for Allah to double the reward of the benevolent people.
Al-Kuwari encouraged the benevolent Qataris and residents to continue donation for QC's development and relief projects inside and outside Qatar.
The CEO of QC asserted that Qatar Charity's role is not limited to financing the projects that are being implemented and bringing the charity resources cooperating with the public sector, the private sector and the third sector in the field of social responsibility, but it is extended to education and training.
The partnerships relating to QC's Ramadan campaign 1437 AH "Your Giving Saves Lives" included the public sector, semi-governmental sector, the private and the non-profit sector. The partnerships' modalities, frameworks and outcomes included providing discounts and direct services to the beneficiaries and supporting the direct social impact projects. They also included giving the opportunity to the cooperating agencies' staff to provide the in-kind donations through the intensive campaigns conducted for the needy, providing halls and providing the infrastructure services from these agencies to QC for free. This would make it easier for these agencies to implement their programs and adopt the local moral, recreational, cultural, social and awareness-raising projects.
Regarding the governmental and semi-governmental sector, QC built partnerships with many agencies to implement charity projects during the holy month of Ramadan and received in-kind, and cash donations. These agencies included:
The Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, Dawa Administration, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Center, the Ministry of Economy and Commerce, Qatargas, RasGas, Hamad Medical Corporation, the Public Works Authority " "Ashghal", Qatar Railways "Rail", Qatar Airways, Cultural District " Katara", Water and Energy Usage Rationalization Administration - Kahramaa, Qatar Tourism Authority, Hamad international Airport, Al-Wakrah Municipality, Umm Salal municipality, Ministry of transport and communications, the Ministry of Education, the Municipality of Doha, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of energy and Industry, Lekhwiya, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, the Ministry of Interior, and the Qatar Financial Markets Authority.
Commercial and Media Organizations
QC has cooperated with a number of companies, commercial institutions, banks, private centers and schools inside the state such as: Sheikh Abdullah AL-Ansari Complex for the Holy Quran, Al Meera Consumer Goods Co., Quality Group, Safari Group, Ansar Gallery, ALI BIN ALI WATCHES & JEWELLERY , Landmark, Villaggio Mall, Aqua Park Qatar, Turkish Airlines, the United Restaurants and Hospitality Group, HSBC Bank, the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Qatar Volunteers Group "ONE DOHA", Qatar Cancer Society, The Pearl-Qatar- the United Development Company (UDC), Tomorrow's Pioneers Center, Gulf Mall Complex, Moevenpick Hotel , "Ooredoo", Vodafone, Mwasalat , Qatar Islamic Bank-Zakat Committee, Barwa Bank Group, Al Rayan Bank, Sulaiman Al Haider Company, Doha Bank, Al-montazah Model Independent School, Ahl Alkaram, Almaraya Company, Inchcape Shipping Services, Landmark Group, Barahat AlWakra, Unilever, Marks & Spencer Villagio and Landmark (branches), and the Youth Company (volunteers).)
In the field of media support, partnerships were built with Alsharq newspaper, Al-Raya newspaper, Al-Watan newspaper, Al-Rayyan Television Channel, Qatar TV, Al-Jazeera Media Network, Al Quran Al Kareem Radio, Qatar Foundation Radio and Sawt Al-Khaleej Radio
QC has launched its Ramadan campaign for this season under the slogan "Your Giving Saves Lives ". The total cost of the projects implemented during the holy month of Ramadan 1437 AH inside and outside Qatar exceeded QR 32.2 million, with more than 2,131,000 people expected to benefit from the campaign.
The QC campaign aims to reach 180.000 fasting people with the provision of Iftar at 24 collective tables at a total cost of about QR 9 million. The Iftar tables has reached new groups such as factory workers, farms workers, home to home Iftar, mobile Iftar, giving water to worshipers, Ramadan supplies and supporting Iftar tables for communities.
QC has recently reviewed the progress of its distinguished development projects inside Kosovo, Albania, Bosnia, and Turkey in order to adjust and modify them.
During his visit, Mr. Faisal Rashid Al-Fahida, QC’s EDO in these countries, reviewed some of QC’s projects and met with some of these countries’ officials.
Mr. Al-Fahida checked many of QC’s projects under a program which began with visiting QC’s headquarter and its employees. He went to Qatar’s Center for Training where he watched a video that showed QC’s most important accomplishments in Kosovo since the opening of the office until the end of 2014. He was also showed some samples of successful income-generating projects.
Mr. Al-Fahida met with Dr. Farid Aghani, the Minister of the Environment, who commended QC’s developing and charitable role in Kosovo. In addition, he mentioned how QC sponsored more than 1,500 orphans, and how it offered them entertaining, cultural and financial services. He also spoke about QC’s role in reducing the phenomenon of unemployment through implementing income-generating projects.
Mr. Al-Fahida supervised the honoring ceremony of the distinguished students and its sport festival. More than 340 orphaned boys and girls attended. Finally, the excellent and morally distinguished students were rewarded, and everyone was very happy.
During his field visit to the Albanian-Qatari school, Mr. Al-Fahida met with the school’s staff members and supervisors. He praised their efforts and the students’ excellent results. Also, two of the school’s female students won first prizes across Albania. This is added to last year’s excellent results, too.
Mr. Al-Farida paid a visit to several income-generating projects and encouraged its beneficiaries to work harder; he also encouraged the orphans to honor their parents and take care of their studies.
For this occasion, QC held a ceremony in which it distributed the basic needs to the large number of participating orphans, and other beneficiaries such as the Albanian-Qatari center and Albanian-Qatari school’s students.
Furthermore, Mr. Al-Fahida visited the project of building Rubik Mosque, one of the three mosques QC is currently building in Albania.
Mr. Al-Fahida, QC’s EDO, also met with Blendy Closey, the Minister of Labor of the Albanian Republic, who praised QC and commended its efforts especially in the fields of education and culture. Indeed, the two fields receive utmost attention from QC’s office in Albania through the Albanian-Qatari Center for Languages and Computer, the Qatari Center for Administrative and Educational Training, and the Albanian Qatari School.
He also met Ms. Esmiralda Ashkiah; member in the Albanian-Arabic Relationships Committee of the Albanian Parliament. She expressed her gratitude to QC for their continuous work through their effective office in Albania, and their constant help to Albania whenever necessary; like the donations that QC had offered to the victims of floods at the beginning of the year.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Many of the developmental projects funded by QC in Bosnia were visited. In addition, many beneficiaries sponsored by QC were met, especially from the orphans.
Mr. Al-Fahida visited the Mr. Bakir Izetbegović, the Chairman of Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and acquainted him with QC and the size of its charitable projects and activities in the world, along with its future vision and the help it had offered to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Additionally, Mr. Faysal met with Mr. Adil Osmanović; Minister of civil affairs in Bosnia, where his Excellency praised the efforts and the aids that QC offered to Bosnia, and confirmed the need of Bosnians for a number of medical and cultural projects too.
During his visit to Turkey, Mr. Al-Fahida visited many of QC’s projects. He took a close look at the Syrian displaced and refugees’ conditions there. He also reviewed the final phases of “Madinat Al-Rayyan” (Al-Rayyan City) project which was funded by QC in cooperation with IHH, its strategic partner inside and outside Turkey. The opening of its first phase is expected to be announced in the coming days.
Mr. Al-Fahida met with Salem bin Mubarak Al Shafi, Qatar’s Ambassador in Turkey, who spoke about the efforts QC exerts to alleviate the sufferings of the Syrians inside and outside Syria.
In addition, he visited some of the headquarters of QC’s associates in Turkey such as White Hands charity, Syrian Education Commission, and IMC, which QC signed an agreement with at the end of last year. Such agreement would allow the institutions to reach the neediest territories for relief and aid. Plus, they would mostly help the affected in Syria and would offer healthcare to the displaced Syrian children who did not have any regular healthcare services availab
Because it always supports the neediest categories and because it always tries to fulfill its duty towards the orphans it sponsors, QC signed a strategic partnership with Hemaya Security Solutions Co. to hire more than 250 orphans of legal age in Sudan. This initiative is considered to be the first of its kind ever to be implemented by a charity organization.
Mr. Rashid Abdurrahman Al-Naimi, Qatar’s Ambassador in Sudan, Mr. Faisal Rashid Al-Fahida, QC’s EDO, and Mr. Falih Hamad Al-Hajri, Chief of Governmental Relations Department at Hemaya, supervised the starting of the interviews.
More than 548 candidates applied for the job. 400 of which were interviewed by Hemaya’s delegate Mr. Falih Ahmed Al-Hajri. The interviews lasted for four consecutive days; then 319 were selected to work for Hemaya. 250 of them were from orphans and 59 of them were from the orphans’ families.
Mr. Rashid Abdurrahman Al-Naimi, Qatar’s ambassador in Sudan, praised the cooperation between the Qatari institutions to achieve humanitarian and charitable goals. He said it shows Qatar’s bright side.
Furthermore, Mr. Faisal Rashid Al-Fahida, QC’s EDO, commended the outcome of the partnership between Hemaya Co and QC. Such initiative will result in the enhancement of the conditions of many families.
Mr. Falih Hamad Al-Hajri, Chief of Governmental Relations Department at Hemaya, emphasized on the company’s willingness to expand its partnership and increase the work with QC under the understanding of the responsibilities of the Qatari institutions to make a positive change in people’s lives and to empower them economically.
All of the interviewees expressed their appreciation and gratitude for Qatar and QC for such a good initiative hoping more orphans and poor families would benefit from it.
The EDO said that according to QC’s procedures and regulations, the sponsorship time ends when the orphan becomes of a legal age; 18 and above. However, QC never stops helping them until they are financially independent.
QC offers two kinds of services to the sponsored children. First, it offers individual services such as regularly giving money to the sponsored during the time of sponsorship, and directly supervising the student’s education, health, social behavior and psychology. In addition, it offers in-kind contributions every now and then which help the child such as giving him\her a school bag or Eidya.
Second, it offers a group services which include all the activities QC does for a group of sponsored children at the same time. These services and activities can be cultural, artistic, educational, sport, or entertaining.
Sponsorships differ and depend on the conditions of the orphan. There is the sponsorship of a child living with his family, a child living with a foster family, and a child living in an orphanage. Sponsoring children while living with their families comes first because QC believes in the importance of growing up around one’s family. Family is a healthy environment which supports the child educationally, psychologically, emotionally and socially. Sponsoring children by sending them to foster families comes second. Finally, if the first and second choices are not available, QC sends children to an acknowledged orphanage.
QC is currently sponsoring more than 3,489 orphans in 8 Sudanese states. It provides them with financial and educational support, and offers them cultural and entertaining activities. As part of last year’s campaign “Rofaqa’” (Companions), QC sponsored more than 750 orphans in Sudan. Finally, QC sponsors around 85,000 orphans around the world in more than 40 countries.
QC signed a cooperation agreement with Ajyal Center for Training and Consultancy through which QC’s administration of developmental centers and Ajyal Center would cooperate to offer developmental and social services to the society by organizing activities, events and different programs, and holding training and educational courses.
Mr. Abdul Nasser Al-Zahr Al-Yafi’ee, QC’s Executive Director of Local Development, and Mis. Ghada Ayoush, the Director General of Ajyal Center for Training and Consulting, signed the agreement in Qatar’s office in Duhail.
The signed cooperation agreement stipulates that both parties shall cooperate by sharing their experiences and potentials in the field of developmental and social services so as to provide distinguished community service. They also agreed on mutual coordination to hold several purposeful activities and developmental programs.
Mr. Abdul Nasser Az-Zahr Al-Yafi’ee, QC’s Executive Director of Local Development, said that this is part of QC’s efforts to support developmental work; that is related to training and expertise improvement. The goal is to make a quantum leap in that field. He pointed out to the big efforts which must be exerted in order to overcome a lot of obstacles.
Al-Yafi’ee also added that through this agreement with ‘Ajyal’ Center, QC is trying to mobilize all the efforts to achieve the desired goals. The two parties agreed to work together in every possible way to serve all the developmental projects to serve the Qatari society.
Mr. Al-Yafi’ee expressed his gratitude to Ajyal Center for Training and Consultancy for its participation in the development process. He also emphasized QC’s willingness to cooperate and help in developing Qatar to see the Qatari 2030 vision come true.
Ms. Ghada Ayoush, Director General of Ajyal Center for Training and Consulting, sincerely thanked QC and its staff members. She said that ‘Ajyal’ Center believes in training the Qataris to become leaders and to improve their skills. It also aims at achieving its goal of empowering the Qatari pepole so as to bring the Qatari 2030 vision to become a reality. Finally, as part of the center’s efforts to make real partnerships with local institutions, it welcomed the implementation of such initiative with QC; the international and local pioneering charity, which the center shares so many objectives.
Ayoush added that this agreement would be the beginning of cooperation between QC and ‘Ajyal’; such cooperation will create something creatively new that will keep up with the modern challenges. “We aspire to invest this agreement in mobilizing efforts to increase the knowledge of the members of the society and to increase their cultural understanding. With the help of training experts, we will make several activities and awareness programs through scientific and educational methodology. Our priority is to reinforce the values of the youths. We will do everything we can to achieve this goal. We will actively and seriously work with QC to identify our general goals and plan the way we are going to achieve them.”
QC had already signed an agreement with Tomooh for Voluntary Work Management in order to present a distinguished social work.
In addition, a number of agreements were signed with famous sport figures and journalists so as to be the ambassadors of good values.
In its headquarter in Doha, QC also signed cooperation, educational sponsorships, and voluntary initiatives agreements with educational centers and youth and voluntary institutions. They all aimed at serving the society and encouraging the Qatari youth to do voluntary work. For example, they inaugurated initiatives such as Salati (my prayer), Al-Majales Madares (sessions are like schools), and Suhba (companionship). QC also signed an agreement with ‘Layan’ campaign to relieve the Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and another agreement with ‘Rowad’ center. These agreements include the implementation of projects and developmental and educational programs inside Qatar and voluntary and relief campaigns outside Qatar.
Through its office in the Strip and in cooperation with Ghaith for Relief and Development, QC has recently started implementing ‘Providing Drinking Water’ project to the poor. More than 3,000 poor families are expected to benefit from it. It will take around 8 months for the project to be implemented at a cost of 262,000 QR.
The Municipalities in the Strip provide the citizens with salty water only, which could cause many different diseases such as kidney diseases. Therefore, QC decided to implement this project in order to provide the poor families with good drinking water.
Eng. Mohammed Abu Halloub, QC’s Office Director in the Strip, said that this project is being implemented because QC wants to alleviate the sufferings of those who cannot afford to get good drinking water, and to prevent the diseases spread because of water pollution. He also emphasized the fact that water projects are on the top QC’s priorities’ list since the siege and the attacks on the Strip have destroyed all of the water networks, which were not even sufficient.
QC, as he also mentioned, will not spare an effort until it has helped the needy families and offered a good living opportunities for the needy; whether through relief or development projects.
The Strip’s aquifer is both polluted and empty which made the Strip suffer from a dire water crisis. As a result, the Gazan families who are financially stable buy filtered water, while the poor families still use the brackish water provided by the municipalities.
To help face this crisis, QC is implementing a project to filter rainwater and to inject it into the aquifer in around 30 public schools.
The UN had already warned from the worsening situation of water in the Strip. According to the UN’s report, if the current conditions remain the same, the situation in 2016 will be catastrophic. The Strip is in great need for desalination plants a hundred times more than roads.
Reconstruction of Gaza
After all the destruction and wreckage the last aggression on the Strip caused, QC spared no effort to help rebuild the Strip.
More than 2,000 people were martyred during the aggression, 11,200 were injured, and thousands of families, whose houses were demolished, were displaced. Furthermore, many infrastructure facilities such as roads, hospitals, schools, and factories were destroyed.
The last brutal attack on the Gaza Strip caused the loss of so many people, houses, and facilities. 2,139 were martyred: 579 of them were children, 264 of them were women, and 102 were elders. 11,200 people were injured: 25% of them became handicapped. 1,000 children became permanently disabled. 2,088 women, 3,374 children and 410 old people were injured. 1,200 families lost their breadwinners. 90 families were entirely eliminated and 49 massacres were executed.
In addition, 466,000 citizens were displaced, 2,360 houses were completely destroyed, 13,644 houses were partly destroyed, 30,000 workers lost their jobs, and 134 factories were completely demolished. The destruction of Gaza cost a financial loss of 3,500,000,000 USD.
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As part of its early relief program to the victims of floods in the Middle Shebelle governorate in Somalia, QC implemented qualitative income-generating projects from which 400 families of the same governorate benefited.
The projects included rehabilitation of the affected families and improvement of their life quality, in addition to supporting agriculture and shepherding. The program also included funding income-generating projects. For example, 750 goats were distributed to 150 families. Each family received 5 goats. This project was to enable them to get their ordinary lives back after the floods. The project also aimed at supporting shepherding and providing these families with a source of income that matched their previous professions.
QC has also restored agricultural lands in a total area of 250 hectares for 250 families who had worked in farming before the floods damaged their lands.
QC seeks to rehabilitate the agricultural and shepherding societies and start agricultural and shepherding businesses by supplying the workers with seeds and pesticides as well as manual cultivation instruments needed for local production. QC also helps them in their farmland restoration, and irrigation canals’ reformation. The program also supplied them with some cattle.
The regions adjacent to the two rivers of Shebelle and Juba witnessed heavy rains in last October and November which led to the flooding of the rivers and caused a disastrous immigration of the inhabitants of the rivers’ banks. Middle Shebelle was mostly affected as most irrigation canals and flood control systems were damaged along the Shebelle River by these floods. Reports show that about 10,000 of the local inhabitants left their flooded cities, villages, and farms.
The objective QC had of the early relief project was to reach the local affected community in the governorate as it helped rehabilitate them in their crafts and professions. QC’s goal was to enable them to increase their daily income and enhance their life quality through a number of strategic projects including shops, production machinery, animals, and farmland restoration. This should facilitate their future confrontation to yearly floods. This project also seeks to restore artesian aquifers, reform schools and damaged clinics to help 93,000 people living in the region.
Tens of Thousands Beneficiaries
It is worth mentioning that QC has recently implemented various projects in Somalia including education, health, building mosques, and funding income-generating projects. Tens of thousands of Somalis around Somalia benefited from these projects. Of its construction projects in Puntland, QC inaugurated the reformation of 2 health centers and 2 preliminary schools at a cost of about 292,000 QR.
QC inaugurated the opening of 9 mosques, and 8 centers for memorization of Qur’an in 3 provinces in the north of Somalia: 3 mosques in the coastal province, 3 others in Burco, 1 in Awdal, and 2 in Hiran and Banaadir. It also built 8 centers for Qur’an memorization in Hiran, Banaadir, and Hargeisa. Thousands of Somalis shall benefit from these mosques and centers.
QC office in Somalia has also organized events of distributing sewing machines to 65 productive families in Mogadishu and Hargeisa city in Somaliland in cooperation with Jedoon Association for Woman and Child Development in Hargeisa and HINNA association in Mogadishu.
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Through its office in Somalia and as part of its relief campaign “Yemen, We are With You”, QC implemented an urgent relief project which targeted 600 families of the Yemeni refugees in Somalia and some of the Somali returnees from Yemen who are living in Mogadishu, Hargeisa, and Bosaso.
The food baskets, distributed to the beneficiaries, were sufficient for a whole month. Each family received 25 kg of rice, 25 kg of flour, 15 kg of sugar, 3 liters of cooking oil, 2.5 kg of powder milk, and 2 kg of dates.
Many prominent figures took part in the distribution of the aids to the people, including some members of the Somali parliament, and the representatives of the Yemeni community in Somalia. They all commended QC’s role in helping the Yemeni and Somali peoples.
This is one of so many other projects in which QC continues to fulfill its role in aiding and helping others. In addition, QC always makes sure that its beneficiaries are the neediest. The Yemeni people are suffering from a dire crisis which forced the families to emigrate and ask for asylum. This, of course, left the families without any living necessities.
Although Somalia is suffering from hard conditions and security issues, it became one of the countries which received the Yemeni refugees. Therefore, it is now the responsibility of those who work in charity and humanitarian fields to strengthen their efforts so that Somalia does not suffer from a critical condition, too.
130,000 beneficiaries benefited from QC’s continuous campaign ‘Yemen, We Are with You’ since the recent Yemen crisis started and until the end of last May (2015).
The food aid included 17,300 food baskets, 80 tons of flour, and 180 tons of different types of food which were distributed to the different governorates. Furthermore, 3 kitchens were prepared and equipped with foodstuff to provide daily fresh meals for 1,000 persons. Regarding healthcare, the hospitals of Aden, Ma’rib, and Taiz were supplied with some equipment, 100 first-aid bags, and a large amount of medications, and medical disposables.
In addition, 8 water tanks were distributed in Aden with the capacity of 1,000 liters. QC also distributed hundreds of mattresses and blankets to the displaced families there. Another project was funded to clean Aden Municipality in cooperation with its workers.
Call for Help
It is worth mentioning that when the Yemeni crisis started, QC appealed for help to provide 1,260,000 conflict-affected people with food, and medications.
After its appeal and as a first step, QC launched its campaign ‘Yemen, We Are with You’ to collect 36,500,000 QR (10,000,000 USD) to urgently deliver these humanitarian aids to the most affected categories.
QC also supervised the distribution of aids which Qatar sent to the people of Yemen. The aids were delivered through an air bridge from Doha to Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport following the instructions of his highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, God bless him. The aids were delivered over two days; there were 4 airplanes which carried 240 tons of different materials.
The aids were received by a delegation of QC which included Mr. Ibrahim Ali Abdullah, QC's Relief Department Director, and Mohammed Wa'i, QC's Office Director in Yemen.
QC’s field team was able to aid many conflict-affected families since the crisis first started in Aden and other Yemeni cities. They provided the families with food, drugs, and medical disposables. They sent the medical supplies to the hospitals so that they would treat the injured. The team also provided the families with food baskets and other basic and necessary items.
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