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7 QC relief projects help 20,000 in Somalia

IHSAN YOUSSEF

DOHA WITH about QR1.2 million donated by benefactors from Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Qatar Charity (QC) has established seven relief projects in Somalia for the benefit of 20,000 displaced families.

Executive Director of International Development at QC Jassim al Salem said that the projects aim to facilitate the return of the displaced as well as the reconstruction of areas affected by drought.

“This will enable the returnees to have a decent stable life in their original places, transferring them from people in need to productive people,” Salem said.

Targeting Bay, Bakool and lower Shabelle provinces, the projects include the provision of basic cooking equipment at the cost of QR602,000 for 3,000 families, plastic sheets costing QR424,000, for 7,750 families, a childhood malnutrition project worth QR33,000, a potable water project worth QR28,000, a project to provide water tank to an orphanage at the cost of QR15,000, a project to provide support to the Afgooye Centre for Maternal and Child Care at QR11,000, and a project to purchase and distribute mosquito nets costing QR70,000.

Salem said that the implementation of the projects was based on the urgent need of the affected families and in line with the mission and objectives of QC.

The childhood malnutrition project is expected to benefit 200 beneficiaries daily, including displaced children, mothers and pregnant women, in the Poly Tknico IDP camp in Mogadishu.

Each of the 200 beneficiaries will receive soup and high nutrition biscuits.

The Afgooye Centre project was executed due to the large number of people suffering from malnutrition and serious diseases in the Afgooye area and the inadequacy of the available health centre to provide the necessary health services. The project focuses particularly on maternal and child health care and aims to reduce the spread of infectious diseases and epidemics.

It will benefit 120 people daily.

The mosquito net project, according to Salem, is intended to reduce the infant mortality rate, the incidence of malaria and other infectious diseases spread by mosquitoes within the camps, and will benefit 5,000 displaced families.

The potable water project is expected to provide safe drinking water to the displaced, reducing the level of disease due to contaminated water.

The need for the project to provide a water tank for the House of the Mother of the Believers orphanage came after a visit to the orphanage by a QC delegation, which decided that a water tank would be an effective means to improve the living conditions of the orphans. The project will benefit over 200 orphans, as well as the orphanage staff.

Salem added that educational facilities would also be provided, as well as income generating projects to enable self-sufficiency, agricultural facilities, and the distribution of dry rations to the people for a period of three months.

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