QC marks International Charity Day with humanitarian efforts Sep 08, 2020 0 6767 12345 Tribune News NetworkDohaQatar Charity (QC) marked the International Day of Charity, which is observed on September 5 every year to recognise the importance of charity works in alleviating humanitarian crises and human suffering as well as the efforts of charitable organisations and individuals in easing the plight of the vulnerable worldwide. Thanks to its humanitarian and development projects implemented across Asia, Africa and Europe, QC has gone global. Operating worldwide through more than 30 field offices and with 500 regional partners in 70 countries, QC has managed to bring about a change in the lives of millions of people over more than three decades. Owing to its field experience, QC has managed to implement the projects of international organisations like UNHCR and WHO. Within Qatar ‘Charity Starts at Home’ is one of the most significant initiatives launched by QC, which covers social welfare programmes and assistance to support families with low incomes, those in debts, workers and others, as well as cultural and public programmes for the service and development of society.Over 844,000 people benefited from the projects of his initiative, valued at more than QR130mn spent by the charity within Qatar in 2019.QC was ranked as one of Qatar’s top 10 most supportive brands that have participated in supporting the country during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, based on phone interviews conducted by Ipsos, a global multinational market research and a consulting firm.QC has provided various types of assistance like food parcels, ready-to-eat meals, health bags and awareness materials to workers and expatriate communities, benefiting more than 1,168,952 persons until mid-August. It has fully equipped an 852-bed quarantine facility for workers in the Industrial Area. Relief aidUnder the supervision of the Regulatory Authority for Charitable Activities (RACA), QC along with other Qatari entities launched the ‘Lebanon in Our Hearts’ campaign that raised QR94 million through a live transmission by TV channels and radio stations. QC has been keen to carry out humanitarian interventions since the second day of the massive explosion that rocked the port area of Beirut, aiming at delivering the urgent relief aid to the affected through its field teams in Lebanon. Two planes carrying over 100 tonnes of food aid have been sent, in cooperation with Qatar Airways.HealthAs QC attaches importance to the health sector, it has developed and operated four primary health care centres in northern Syria at a cost of QR7 million, while it has established a hospital in Indonesia to provide medical services to orphans and low-income people in Bogor.QC has provided medical and other aid to many countries to help them fight the COVID-19 pandemic. QC has inked two grant agreements with UNICEF for a total of 2$mn to provide water, sanitation and hygiene services for Syrian refugees in Jordan. A 1.5$mn agreement with UNHCR was signed to provide emergency assistance to Syrian refugees throughout Lebanon.EducationQC called on people to support its educational projects within and outside Qatar to enable more than 5,000 children to return to school.It also works on establishing, furnishing and repairing educational institutions, training teachers and providing school bags, textbooks and tuition fees to ensure quality education for all. The value of educational projects exceeded QR64 million between 2019 and 2020, benefiting 765,000 people from several countries such as Syria, Somalia, Palestine and others.WaterAs QC believes that water is essential to life, it gives significant attention to the water and sanitation in draught-hit areas. It has implemented more than 50,000 water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects over the past two decades to provide safe water and sanitation facilities for more than 6 million people in more than 44 countries around the globe. In Somalia, QC drilled 163 artesian wells in the drought-hit areas during 2019, benefiting more than 446,000 people in the country.Gobal partnershipsThe cooperation and partnership agreements signed in 2019 between QC, international humanitarian organisations and the UN agencies amounted to more than QR60 million. The projects funded by QC were valued at QR44,296,816, while the projects implemented by it, with the funding from international organisations were estimated at more than QR16 million.QC’s cooperation with UN and international organisations started in 1997, and it enhanced this collaboration by signing 77 cooperation agreements in many fields over the past 22 years, with a total value exceeding $76 million.QC has been in consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 1997, while it has been enjoying observer membership of the International Organization For Migration (IOM). It was also selected as an associate member of the Department of Global Communications (DGC) in 2019, in addition to becoming a member of Start Network in 2017.Orphan care QC sponsors more than 179,000 persons under ‘Rofaqa’, an orphan care initiative. QC has built many qualitative orphan-care centres in Bangladesh and constructed model cities for orphans like Sheikha Aisha Bint Hamad Bin Abdullah Al-Attiyah Model Orphans City in Sudan. Income-generating projectsQC continues to implement income-generating projects for the benefit of the mothers of orphans and poor families, in addition to training them to run such projects. Sudanese humanitarian bodies applaud QC for economic empowerment projects, as it has recently delivered baking ovens and necessary apparatus to women from female-headed and poor households and the families of orphans to help them live a dignified life.Appreciations The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has included the ‘Sport for Peace and Development in Darfur’ initiative, which was launched by the Qatar Fund Development (QFFD), QC and Save the Dream of the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS), as a successful model for countering extremism in its technical guide on ‘Preventing Extremism through Sports’.Jordanian Prime Minister Dr Omar Al-Razzaz has praised QC for supporting the kingdom’s efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. QC has won the Orphan Care Excellence Award (Kafel) for 2020 from the Regional CSR Network. 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