Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) have launched a joint humanitarian campaign to help the Palestinian people during the winter of 2020-2021.
Ali bin Hassan al-Hammadi
Under the theme of #DignityIsPriceless, the campaign is aimed at raising $1.1mn (or over QR4mn) to implement a number of winterisation projects for the benefit of 123,000 Palestinians affected by the cold weather. The UNRWA will work together with the representation missions of QRCS in Gaza and the West Bank and Jerusalem.
The projects include Shelter: tarpaulin sheets will be distributed to cover the holes in the roofs or walls of homes of 6,000 families (36,000 people on average), at a cost of
QR1,625,000; Food: QRCS and UNRWA will distribute food parcels containing the basic food staples to meet the needs of 6,000 families (35,000 people), mainly children and older persons, at a total cost of QR450,000; Winterisation aid: 6,000 Palestinian families
will receive winterisation kits, which contain mattresses, gas stoves, diapers for babies and older persons, and hygiene kits, at a cost
Yousef Mohamed al-Awadi
of QR450,000; and Jackets for children: There are 15,000 school students who will receive warm jackets to protect them against the cold weather, at a cost of QR1.5mn.HE the Secretary-General of QRCS ambassador Ali bin Hassan al-Hammadi said: "This campaign is the first of the fruits of the framework memorandum of understanding (MoU) recently signed by QRCS and the UNRWA, to work together to provide diverse forms of humanitarian support for Palestinian refugees, within the shared goals and vision of backing the UNRWA's services for the Palestinians where they are".
"Serving the Palestinian people is a top priority for QRCS's foreign humanitarian operations, by undertaking hundreds of relief and development projects to improve the living standards of those in need," said al-Hammadi. "We realise the important mandate undertaken by the UNRWA to meet the needs of the people of Palestine and ease the burdens and difficulties they face. In particular, the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak has weighed heavily on their lives, health, and incomes."
The Commissioner-General of the UNRWA, Philippe Lazzarini, welcomed the campaign and stated: "The generous support from QRCS to the UNRWA comes at a critical time for 5.7mn Palestinian refugees at risk in the region. This is a partnership that I respect and value with an organisation that is known for its solidarity with vulnerable people at times of need.
"As the Covid-19 pandemic ravages global economies and hits hard 1.5mn Palestinian refugees in Gaza, QRCS steps in to make their voices heard and raise $1.1mn in order to help them get through the looming threat of winter.
"I would like to thank QRCS leadership for their humanitarian commitment and the generous people of Qatar for their contribution to helping thousands of Palestinian families stay warm, sheltered, and nourished during these difficult months.
"The Palestinian refugees did not choose to become refugees. For decades, they have been waiting for a solution to their plight. Covid-19 has even exacerbated the daily challenges they must overcome.
"Your contributions will go a long way towards fulfilling their basic needs and protecting their human dignity."
Yousef Mohamed al-Awadi, Director of Resource Mobilisation at QRCS, invited the rich in Qatar to support the Dignity Is Priceless campaign, "as a noble endeavour to alleviate the suffering of our Palestinian sisters and brothers during the winter."
As per a fatwa from QRCS’s Sharia Committee, he explained, it is religiously permissible to donate to the projects.Last updated: December 26 2020 09:52 PM