Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has provided relief and winterisation aid for more than 47,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) and host communities in northern Syria. The mission was funded by Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD).
Through its representation mission in Gaziantep, Turkey, field workers were deployed across Idlib and Aleppo countryside, to distribute a total of 3,600 blankets and 2,400 mattresses to 800 households (4,000 persons), each receiving 5 blankets and 3 mattresses on average.
Moreover, kitchenware kits were distributed, each containing cooking utensils and food containers adequate for six persons, as well as 600 fuel-powered heaters. These distributions together benefited 7,300 persons.
As a gift from Qatar, QRCS distributed more than 52 tons of dates to 8,000 most affected households, or 40,000 persons.
Dates donated by Qatar being distributed
Distribution of aid underway in northern Syria
Kitchenware being distributed among the IDPs
Relief and nonfood items (NFL) is a major component of focus in QRCS's humanitarian operations. These kinds of aid effectively alleviate the suffering of affected communities, particularly in destination and blockaded areas, thus saving their lives and preserving their dignity.
The population of northern Syria is facing dreadful conditions, with the number of IDPs hovering around 1.2mn across Idlib, Aleppo, Hama, and their countryside.
Things become even worse during the winter, together with the impact of war, overpopulation, and lack of basic needs.
Established in 1978, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is a humanitarian volunteering organisation that aims to assist and empower vulnerable individuals and communities without partiality or discrimination.
QRCS is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which consists of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and 190 National Societies. QRCS is also a member of several GCC, Arab, and Islamic organisations.
QRCS operates both locally and internationally and has ongoing international relief and development projects in a number of countries throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Europe.