The representative office of the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) in Yemen has completed the construction of 83 2BHK housing units, each 24sq m, as part of a project to shelter disaster-affected families in Taiz, at a cost of $418,424 (QR 1,525,155).

The project is aimed at encouraging internally displaced people (IDPs) to return to their home villages by providing safe and appropriate shelters that ensure protection against extreme winter and summer weather conditions.

Adel Mushamar, director of Al-Maafer District, lauded the project as a “vital step to help IDPs and victims of war to stabilise back home”.

“It is a culmination of the efforts made by the local authority and executive unit, together with humanitarian partners,” he sad. “I would like to thank the QRCS for this humanitarian intervention, and I hope that partners will pay more attention to this sector.”

Engineer Ahmed Hassan al-Sharaji, head of the QRCS office in Yemen, said: “Over the past couple of years, the QRCS has completed several shelter projects, which included the construction of 105 and 85 housing units for disaster-affected and poor people in Hadhramaut and Raymah, respectively.”

“In partnership with the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), we implemented multiple shelter activities, including the construction of 350 makeshift shelters for IDPs in Maqbanah, maintenance and renovation of 106 war-damaged homes in Al-Mudhaffar, maintenance and rehabilitation of 360 makeshift shelters at four camps in Marib Al-Wadi, and renovation of 80 shelters in Al-Hali in progress,” he said.

The QRCS office in Yemen had been selected among the top shelter providers in the country, according to the OCHA’s shelter cluster report on humanitarian partners during the first half of 2022.

This was the result of efforts made by QRCS personnel in Yemen to implement shelter projects, deliver on time, and actively engage in national and local shelter clusters.
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