Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has launched two new development projects in West Darfur State, with funding from Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD).
A couple of model services complexes are to be established in the villages of Sisi (Kerenek district) and Abu Suruj (Sirba district). The worksites were handed over to the contractors to start construction works in the two complexes immediately, QRCS said in a statement.
Under the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur, these developments are aimed at contributing to reconstruction, social services, stability and return of internally displaced persons in the war-affected region.
Work going on at the complex worksite in Sisi
Each solar-powered complex comprises a kindergarten, a basic education school, a secondary education school, a rural hospital, a police station, a mosque, a water purification plant and 15 housing units.
The project involves construction, furnishing and operation for three years. Collateral projects will be carried out to support livelihoods, economic empowerment, and social peace and harmony.
They are estimated to serve the villages’ 19,115 and 43,720 populations, respectively. The first complex is planned to be completed in October, while the other will be delivered in December.
In 2014, a similar model services complex was established in the village of Arara, Beida district, West Darfur. It provides basic welfare services to the returnees, particularly in healthcare. With regular medical supplies, the complex’s rural hospital serves up to 100 patients per day.
Other achievements include water and sanitation services, livestock support programmes, school and preschool education for 1,000 students per year, security and policing, prayers and religious services, and housing for 15 families of emigrant staff.
Through these diverse efforts, the project was key to the stability of the region by securing the vital needs of a population of 28,000, the statement noted.
QRCS’s representation mission in Sudan has over the past few years accomplished many activities, funded by QFFD and other donors. At a total value of QR37.5mn, these projects reached out to more than 890,000 people in the states of Darfur, Kassala, Sennar, Gezira, White Nile, Northern, River Nile and Khartoum.
Among the services provided were healthcare, water and sanitation, education, food security, economic empowerment, social harmony and peace building.