Under its 2019 Warm Winter campaign, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has initiated a multifaceted programme for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host communities in northern Syria, as well as Syrian refugees in Turkey.
Funded by Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), the programme is aimed at meeting the increasing needs in the northern part of the war-torn country, QRCS has said in a statement.
QRCS’s representation mission in Turkey has already provided 2,400 winter clothes bags for children in the 5-14 age group in the city and countryside of Al-Bab. Each bag contained underwear, outerwear, cap, gloves, coat and shoes.
In partnership with the Turkish Red Crescent, another 16,000 winter clothes bags have been prepared for distribution, 10,000 in the city and countryside of Idlib, and 6,000 in Kilis, a city in south-central Turkey.
Also, work is in progress to distribute a total of 200,000 litres of heating oil to 2,000 families, or 10,000 people, in the city of Jisr Al-Shughur. Each family will receive an average of 100 litres.
Together with the Turkish Red Crescent and the municipal council of Kilis, QRCS will deliver 1,200 tonnes of coal for the city’s Syrian refugees to use in heating.
At the same time, QRCS’s field teams are restoring 985 damaged houses in northern Syria, to be handed over to their owners within a few days. The beneficiaries are estimated at 5,000 people.
In addition, 250 torn tents inhabited by most-affected families are planned to be replaced in Jisr Al-Shughur, with more 200 tents to be replaced later.
"The communities of the northern governorates of Syria suffer from appalling living conditions due to the destruction of houses, deficiency of infrastructure, overpopulation and lack of the least requirements for a decent life," the statement noted.
This programme is part of the Warm Winter, a campaign launched by QRCS three months ago to help the displaced during the cold winter, by securing basic winterisation supplies.