The Adahi Project, co-implemented by Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) and Widam Food Co. during Eid al-Adha achieved its goal of reaching out to as many beneficiaries as possible.
According to Muna Fadel al-Sulaiti, executive director, Volunteering and Local Development, QRCS, the project provided food aid for vulnerable families and groups, with the aim of achieving food security, establishing a glorious act of worship in Islam and making it easier for Muslims to offer the ritual sacrifice during Eid al-Adha. The project engaged individual and institutional donors in the promotion of social solidarity, and ensuring the delivery of charity to those eligible.
“We designed a well-organised scheme to distribute the food aid under the applicable preventive measures,” said al-Sulaiti. “Together with our partner, we could distribute a total of 500 heads of sheep to 750 vulnerable families registered with QRCS’ seasonal assistance programme, in addition to 711 families, or 3,555 persons, as indirect beneficiaries”.
“As usual every year, Widam played an essential role in the success of the Adahi Project. They provided the heads of sheep purchased by the donors via different means of donation. Then, they slaughtered the animals within the ritually designated timeframe. The meat was divided into rations, packaged as per health requirements, and handed over to the beneficiaries at two locations: Umm Salal Central Slaughterhouse and Al-Wakra Central Slaughterhouse,” she added.
Al-Sulaiti said that 23 volunteers were present at all distribution points throughout the days of Eid, to organise the distribution process.
SMS' were sent to the beneficiaries registered with the system on the second day of Eid, with a different code for each beneficiary. Preventive measures were observed by applying the drive-thru mechanism. Two lanes were assigned for car entry, after checking for the SMS receipt. Also, plastic bags were used for handling the ID cards of beneficiaries, to avoid direct contact.
The volunteer in charge received the beneficiary’s ID card in a plastic bag and checked their personal number and code at the registration gate. The volunteers delivered Udhiyah rations to seven cases who could not show up, including older persons and family-supporting mothers.
Musa al-Othman, public relations manager at Widam, added, “We look forward to strengthen Widam’s partnerships locally and internationally. We value the co-operation with QRCS this year on the Adahi Project in and out of Qatar. We hope that we will continue to co-ordinate on many projects in the future. There was direct co-ordination with the departments concerned of QRCS, as well as its foreign representation missions, on the execution of the Adahi Project in Sudan, Kenya, and Somalia.”