Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) launched its annual ‘warm winter’ campaign with the slogan ‘giving warmth’. The campaign aims at providing winter aid to 200,000 people in various countries at a cost of QR12250,000.
“The campaign aims to achieve, through donations of good people, not only to provide a means of heating, but to revive the hopes of entire families preparing themselves for a harsh winter, and the preservation of their dignity,” QRCS Secretary-General Ali Hassan al Hammadi said at a press conference.
He pointed out that QRCS has been carrying out this campaign for the benefit of tens of thousands of families who have displaced as a result of natural disasters or armed conflicts.”The refugees in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan, and the Palestinians at the camps do not enjoy this season. So is the situation in Afghanistan, which is suffering from extreme poverty, and Kyrgyzstan, which is standing on the doors of a bitter winter. All of them are waiting for us more than for the winter,” he pointed out.
He also stressed that QRCS will try to cover the need of the weak and poor in these countries, and provide warmth, clothing, food and treatment for them.
QRCS Director of Financial Resources and Investment Development Saad Shaheen al Kaabi said that the campaign looks to help the needy in the face of winter and cold and those affected by wars and natural disasters inside Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan and also Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Palestinian refugees in Lebanese camps.
Kaabi urged all sectors of society to contribute to the campaign, saying that a number of public events will be organised to inform the public about its projects.
On the warm winter campaign projects 2017-2018, QRCS Director of Disaster Management and International Development Department Ayham al Sakhani explained that this year’s campaign involves many projects that QRCS intends to implement in several countries for refugees and displaced people.
He reviewed projects relating to heating, accommodation and food baskets for displaced people and refugees in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq and the pharmaceutical quotas for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.