February 3rd, 2018 ― Doha: Under its Warm Winter 2017-2018 campaign, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has initiated a winterization relief project in Afghanistan.
At a total cost of $160,000 (QR 584,000), the project is aimed at alleviating the suffering of the needy and displaced in the face of the cold winter. To that end, winterization aid will be delivered for 1,500 families (7,500 people) in three provinces.
In October 2017, an agreement was signed with the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) to regulate all preparations and logistics. Then, the lists of beneficiaries as well as the specifications and quality of supplies were double-checked. Governors, heads of municipality, and MPs were engaged in the distributions.
A total of 500 families in Kunar have already received the aid, as follows: Asadabad (185 families), Asmar (175 families), and Shaigal (140 families). This week, the remaining 1000 handovers will continue in Baghlan and Daykundi provinces.
Each winterization package consists of three blankets and winter clothes for four children of various ages (jackets, knit caps, and gloves), as per the international shelter and NFIs standards.
These distributions were hailed by the local authorities and beneficiaries. Farid Allah Hassan, the Acting Governor of Kunar, thanked QRCS for this aid to the neediest families, wishing for more aid in other fields, particularly health care, water and sanitation, and livelihood.
Mohamed Iqbal, East Afghanistan District Manager, ARCS, said the cooperation between QRCS and his organization is not new in the eastern part of the country. "Last year, we co-implemented a Ramadan Iftar project. Earlier, there had been a multi-sector project in two districts of Nangarhar Province," he remarked.
Belal (12) is the eldest son of an 11-member family with no breadwinner. As he stood with three of his siblings beside their poor home in Marawara, Dangam District, all wearing the new warm jackets, Belal expressed ultimate joy for having something to protect them against the biting cold.
In another town, Asia, who lives with a day-labor husband and three kids, saw this aid as invaluable, as they could not afford purchasing such necessities. "I ask Allah to reward all those who contributed and delivered this aid," she prayed.
This project is part of QRCS's Warm Winter campaign, which is well in progress to provide more than QR 12,250,000 winterization aid for more than 200,000 beneficiaries in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, Jordan, Afghanistan, and Kyrgyzstan.