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Qatar, through the ‘Let’s Celebrate Eid Together’ initiative, has distributed 50,000 food kits to various expatriate communities to help them celebrate Eid Al Fitr at home during the tough time of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The initiative reflects Qatar government’s keenness to ensure the welfare of its expatriate communities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Jointly initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), the Ministry of Interior (MoI), the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA), Qatar Charity and Ooredoo, ‘Let’s Celebrate Eid Together’ has come as another step that strengthens the bond between Qatar and members of India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Philippines, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Gambia, Nigeria, Tunisia, Ghana and Kenya.
Individuals belonging to 17 nationalities were given the food kits.
The kits were delivered to the community organisations which distribute them among the deserved persons in coordination with the embassies. The food kits were arranged by Qatar Charity.
Conveying the message of Eid Al Fitr, a total of 50,000 Eid greeting cards were also distributed among the community members. These are in addition to the 4,350 toys for children, 2,279 gifts and 2,000 recharge cards from Ooredoo for workers.
MoI and MADLSA have made use of the occasion to raise awareness against COVID-19 and the kits include awareness brochures in 11 languages, especially of Asian communities residing in Qatar. A total of 25,000 ‘Stay at Home’ stickers were also part of the kits.
A total of 40 organisations joined hands with MoI and MADLSA, received food kits and distributed them to the persons in need.
The main community organisations which benefited from this project include Tunisian Community in Qatar(1,000 kits), the Bangladeshi Community-Qatar(7,050 kits), the Indian Community Benevolent Forum (2,000 kits), the Indian Cultural Centre (1,500 kits), the Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre (2,950 kits) and the Cultural Forum (500 food baskets), the Nigerian Community (1,000 kits), the Indonesian Community (500 kits), the Indian Community Center (1,300 food baskets), the Pakistani Community (4,500 food baskets), the Pakistani Women’s Association-Qatar (400 kits), the Afghan community (500 food baskets), the Helping Hands Association-Al Khor (600 kits), the Filipino Community in Qatar (9,000 kits), the Nepalese Community (5,000 kits), the Thrissur Dt Souhruda Vedi (1,000 food kits), the Kerala Cultural Center (1,100 kits), the Sri Lankan Community Development Forum (2,100 kits), Ughandan community (700 kits), the Sri Lankan Coordination Committee (1,500 kits) and the Kenyan community in Qatar (1,000 kits).
The MoI, in cooperation with MADLSA, set up separate google registration links for each community and community organisations.
These are in addition to a general registration form by the MoI in order to reach the benefit for those who are not associated with any community organisations.
The authorities have taken steps to ensure that deserved persons in each community receive the aid. And the kits were distributed through the community organisations that delivered to those who completed registration. These organisations deputed volunteers who approached the beneficiaries at their door steps.
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