Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has stressed that it continues to pursue its humanitarian and development mission for the Qatari society with a view to improving living conditions at all levels.
Through its Humanitarian Services Fund, QRCS offers many forms of support to the vulnerable, promoting the values of solidarity among members of the society, the organisation has said in a statement.
The Fund has helped around 24,000 beneficiaries since the start of the year.
The assistance varied, ranging from regular assistance for low-income families to special assistance for those who have some emergency. Cash and in-kind assistance are given to needy families during certain times of the year such as the holy month of Ramadan, as well as to families whose homes are damaged.
Other examples include help for workers who face difficulties, transportation refund for destitute cases and one-time assistance to solve issues threatening the stability of the family, the statement notes.
With these provisions, QRCS could reach out to 321 widows and female breadwinners, 268 older persons, 388 zero-income persons, 1,244 low-income persons, 24 families of penitentiary inmates, 33 persons with special needs, 565 monthly assistance cases and 60 emergency assistance cases.
“The Humanitarian Services Fund is a charitable programme aimed at helping the most vulnerable groups of society that cannot find a job, such as orphans, widows, older persons and persons with special needs,” said Muna Fadel al-Sulaiti, executive director of Volunteering and Local Development at QRCS. “It also takes care of vulnerable families that cannot meet their basic needs, in order to keep them stable and protect them against the risks of poverty and homelessness.
“This is the only programme dedicated to those who need financial or social assistance. It serves as a haven for the vulnerable groups to mitigate the economic, social and psychological impact of poverty, particularly for families and children. This way, it proactively prevents the negative consequences both at the individual and collective levels."