Qatar Charity (QC) implemented the winter clothing project for orphans in Mare, a town in Syria, benefitting 525 orphaned children.
The project was carried out with generous support from the people of Qatar as part of the ongoing "Below Zero" campaign launched by QC to support the vulnerable in winter
The implementation of the project coincided with the increasingly cold weather, rainstorms and floods that engulfed several camps of the Syrian displaced and refugees on the Syrian-Turkish borders.
The clothing bag, which was distributed to the orphans, included a coat, a winter clothing set and shoes.
Last month, the ‘Below Zero’ campaign was launched under the slogan ‘Share the warmth” from Al Bayli Camp for Syrian refugees on the Turkish-Syrian border.
The campaign focuses on the displaced, refugees and those affected in countries going through exceptional circumstances such as Syria, Palestine and Iraq. It also concentrates on the poor in Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Pakistan, Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina, where temperatures fall below zero degree Celsius.
The campaign aims to raise QR66mn to provide the necessary winter needs for 800,000 people in three main areas - food, shelter and heating. The targeted people will be given food baskets, winter clothes, blankets, heaters, fuel, and tents.
QC, through its “Rofaqa” initiative, sponsors 157,000 orphans worldwide, including 3,158 orphans in Syria, who receives comprehensive educational, health, and social services provided by the charity, in addition to holding many activities for them.
According to the weather forecasts of international meteorological websites, the winter in the Middle East this year (2018-2019) would be harsh, accompanied by heavy rains and snow, bringing additional challenges to the displaced Syrians, refugees and the poor people in countries where temperatures go below zero degrees Celsius.
This will exacerbate their suffering, especially if they do not receive adequate support to cope with the bad weather.
QC urges people in Qatar to continue supporting its ‘Below Zero’ campaign in order to reach out to the largest number of displaced people, refugees and those in need.
The donation in favour of the campaign can be made through QC’s website (QCH.QA/B0) and application. The donors can also request a ‘home collector’ through QC’s app (QCH.QA/APP) or dial the charity’s hotline, 44667711, to make their contributions.
Mobile donations can also be made. To send QR50, QR100 and QR500, one can send an SMS with code (B0) to 92632, 92642, and 92428, respectively.
Donations to the ‘Below Zero’ campaign can also be made at QC’s headquarters or through its branches within the country and collection points in commercial complexes.