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Diverse QRCS social assistance for vulnerable groups in Qatar
During the holy month of Ramadan, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) have provided charitable assistance for the vulnerable families registered under its Humanitarian Services Fund, a social welfare program funded mainly by the donations of benevolent Qataris. In coordination with the concerned government authorities, QRCS helped 17 persons deeply in debt, by paying for their overdue liabilities, enabling them to restore their normal lives and be reassured of the future of their families. With a generous initiative from H.E. Sheikh Khaled bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, General Controller of Quran Radio from Qatar, radio shows were broadcast to raise funds for QRCS’s Ramadan projects. The invitation was widely received by Qatari benevolent donors. Another project supported by Quran Radio from Qatar is “Subsistence for Me”, a fundraising project to secure monthly subsidies for poor families. A total of 196 families have already been covered, in addition to 200 other families covered by the “Clothing & Feeding” project, under which instant cash aid and food vouchers are given immediately to prone families. During Ramadan, 4,500 poor families benefited from QRCS’s Ramadan seasonal projects, such as Zakat-ul-Fitr, Eid Clothing, Ramadan Iftar, and Ramadan Provisions. Also, 379 workers benefited from the “Stand Together”, a development project to help expatriate workers, improve their living conditions, and promote social integration. Year to date, one-time cash aid was given to 44 families, under the “Assistance for the Poor”, a project addressed to poor families with older persons, widows, or female breadwinners, to enable them to pay for urgent liabilities such as home rental or Kahramaa for a certain period of time. QRCS implemented the “Double Reward” initiative, under which customers of LuLu Hypermarket can purchase food baskets, which are then donated to a poor person, and part of the value of the basket will go to another poor beneficiary. In cooperation with Al-Khebra Driving Academy, QRCS distributes 100 bread packages per day to the vulnerable families affected by the Coronavirus lockdown in many districts of Doha. The distributions are planned to last until the end of the Coronavirus pandemic, in order to lessen its negative impact on low-income families. QRCS welcomes donations via its website (www.qrcs.org.qa); SMS page (app.qrcs.org.qa/cov); bank transfer through QIIB (IBAN: QA66QIIB000000001111126666003); hotlines (66666364 – 33998898); QRCS's headquarters in Old Salata, Corniche; Training and Development Center in Umm Al-Seneem; or donation collection agents at Al-Meera, LuLu, and Carrefour.