Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has signed an implementation co-operation protocol with Turkiye’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) to construct a residential village for displaced Syrians in Al-Bab City, Aleppo, with a total budget of $3,318,291.
Currently, a high-level delegation from AFAD is visiting Doha, headed by Yunus Sezer, head of AFAD. They met Ali bin Hassan al-Hammadi, secretary-general of QRCS; Faisal Mohamed al-Emadi, CEO; Dr Mohamed Salah Ibrahim, director of Relief and International Development Division; and Yousef Mohamed al-Awadi, director of Resource Mobilisation Department.
“We at QRCS are very happy to pursue the existing co-operation with AFAD, which reflects the deep brotherly and friendly relations between the two countries and embodies our shared humanitarian goals, inspired by fundamental principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement,” al-Hammadi said.
He hoped that this joint effort would be successful, with further co-operation in defending humanitarian causes of common concern, particularly in responding to the humanitarian crisis suffered by the Syrian people for years now.
Sezer praised QRCS’s great and diversified humanitarian experience, global presence in 41 countries, well-designed volunteering system, and huge foreign assistance. “In the past, we worked together against the pandemic,” he said. “I know that Qatar has always been there for us in all the disasters that hit Turkey. Our bilateral co-operation would continue, not only for joint work, but as a result of our brotherly relations.”
“Civilians, especially children and women, are the most affected by the conflict in Syria. We are here in an attempt to remedy their wounds. With this protocol, we are helping to alleviate the tragic suffering of our Syrian brothers. We have many ongoing projects in those areas to encourage the voluntary return of Syrian refugees,” Sezer added.
The one-year project is aimed at securing livable shelters for 1,000 most vulnerable families in northern Syria, by building low-budget housing units, instead of the worn-out and flooding-damaged tents, as well as providing infrastructure and basic services, so that those families can live in better conditions and a safer and more private environment.
Targeting a total of 5,000 beneficiaries, the project involves several components. such as: 125 two-storey cement-brick buildings, each with eight 50sq m flats, totalling 1,000 flats; a 600sq m fully-furnished mosque; 24 20sq m shops with a total area of 480sq m; a two-storey medical clinic with a total area of 500sq m; one three-storey primary school with a total area of 1,600sq m; a drinking water supply and sewerage system as home infrastructure and one water tower with a 100 cubic metre tank.