13 Sep 2017 - 16:28
Qatar Fund for Development and Qatar Red Crescent to provide shelter for internally displaced Syrians
Doha: Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to secure adequate shelter for the internally displaced people (IDPs) from Homs to Idlib and Aleppo, northern Syria.
The agreement was signed by QFFD's Executive Director of Strategic Planning, Ali bin Abdullah Al Dabbagh, and QRCS Secretary-General, Ali Hassan Al Hammadi.
During the signing ceremony, Al-Dabbagh stated, "This grant from QFFD will help provide shelter for the Syrians displaced from Homs to Idlib and Aleppo, in a difficult journey. Many of them had suffered a long siege and lack of all sorts of supplies, so they had to leave".
"It is part of Qatar's humanitarian strategy to mitigate the suffering of humanity and falls under the humanitarian response plan adopted by QFFD for 2017. To that effect, several agreements were signed over the year, including relief interventions in Iraq, Syria, Somalia, and Ethiopia," said Al Dabbagh.
QFFD, he added, appreciates the strong relations with QRCS and bilateral cooperation for the relief of the Syrian people.
Under the three-month MoU, QRCS would build and rehabilitate 310 housing units, each 100 m2. These houses will accommodate 620 families (3,100 people), including 150 persons with disability. Also, transportation would be provided for the beneficiaries free of charge.
Al Hammadi, said, "I would like to thank QFFD for this fruitful cooperation to help the homeless Syrians, who were forced out of their home towns. It is indispensable for them to find somewhere to live other than substandard IDP shelters, particularly as the cold winter is approaching".
He commended the strategic partnership with QFFD, which reflects the approach of Qatar leaders towards helping the vulnerable and the distressed, particularly in Arab countries like Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, and Sudan. "At the center of this is QRCS, thanks to its internationally recognized capacity and as an auxiliary to the State of Qatar in its local and international humanitarian policy," he noted.