January 19th, 2020 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS), in cooperation with Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS), has recently delivered food parcels for 3,220 families displaced from Myanmar to Bangladesh.
Under a winterization aid project, QRCS’s representation mission in Bangladesh distributed parcels of basic food staples like lentils, chickpeas, beans, semolina, sugar, salt, and vegetable oil.
These distributions covered around 16,000 refugees at Camp No. 14 (Hakimpara).
As per a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between QRCS and BDRCS, an initial needs assessment was conducted to select the poorest families with older persons, female breadwinners, orphans, or special needs.
A few months ago, around 9,000 blankets were distributed by QRCS’s representation mission in the metropolitan city of Rajshahi.
The 3-day distributions constituted Phase 1 of the project. Phase 2 would distribute nonfood items (NFIs) like blankets, clothes, straw mats, etc. to hundreds of poor families in different parts of the country.
At a total cost of QR 1.5 million ($410,959), the project is planned to help 16,190 poor families and refugees in Rajshahi, Sylhet, and Rangpur, where abject poverty combines with scarce food resources and heavy rain to severely affect the mainly farming families.
According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), every day there are over 60 new births among the refugees. Humanitarian agencies are unable to meet the needs of refugees in all areas. Also, the local communities need more winterization aid such as straw mats, blankets, and warm clothes.
The project is designed to help the poorest families to withstand the too cold weather, reduce the health risks resulting from freezing temperatures in remote areas, secure food provisions and NFIs for some 8,000 locales and refugees.
Nearly 200 BDRCS volunteers earned money from working as day labor in the field assessment and distribution processes.
Phase 2 would involve the distribution of NFI baskets, each containing a blanket, a mattress, two male and female scarves, two straw mats, and any other items found necessary in the needs assessment.
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About Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS)
Established in 1978, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is a humanitarian volunteering organization that aims to assist and empower vulnerable individuals and communities without partiality or discrimination.
QRCS is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which consists of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and 191 National Societies. QRCS is also a member of several GCC, Arab, and Islamic organizations, such as the Islamic Committee of International Crescent and the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO). In this legally recognized capacity, QRCS has access to disaster and conflict zones, thus serving as an auxiliary to the State of Qatar in its humanitarian efforts — a role that distinguishes it from other local charities and NGOs.
QRCS operates both locally and internationally and has ongoing international relief and development projects in a number of countries throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Europe. QRCS’s humanitarian actions include providing support in disaster preparedness, disaster response, risk reduction, and disaster recovery. To mitigate the impact of disasters and improve the livelihoods of affected populations, QRCS provides medical services, healthcare, and social development to local communities. It is also active at the humanitarian advocacy front. With the help of a vast network of trained, committed staff and volunteers, QRCS aspires to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity.
QRCS works under the umbrella of the seven international humanitarian principles: Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality.