Qatar Red Crescent draws the comprehensiveness of its vision and the scope of its action from two of the seven International Humanitarian principles under which it operates: humanitarian and universal. The mission of philanthropy targets people everywhere without discrimination or segregation based on language, sex, race or religion. It is a universal message that is neither restricted nor bound by limits.
During 37 years, the Crescent scope of work has expanded in a way that its assistance and projects have reached more than 47 countries in various hot spots around the world, providing support to vulnerable people affected by natural disasters or armed conflicts, in the light of its mission to ensure self-preservation and human dignity. From this mission, emerges a set of general rules regulating its work, including coordination with the responsible authorities in the target area, the use and training of local community staff and volunteers, the study of the local environment and taking into account its common elements such as food stuffs, building materials, architectural designs, clothing, etc. and the purchase of relief materials from the local market if available in order to stimulate business activity and achieve economic return complementing the relief purpose.
Relief and Humanitarian Activities
The Crescent teams are usually the first to reach the disaster areas to help those who fear for their lives and the lives of their children, and its staff does not stop working on providing those people’s urgent needs in all the following aspects:
- Food aid: It includes basic food stuffs that are indispensable to the family and are selected according to the nature of the food common in the region.
- Non-food assistance: such as cooking utensils, raincoats, heaters, heating fuel, blankets, mattresses, mosquito nets and other household needs.
- Urgent accommodation: in the form of tents and caravans that preserve the dignity of the family and in line with international standards and specifications.
- Emergency health care: in the form of mobile clinics, medical and emergency teams, emergency health centers and camps, distribution of medicines and free vaccination of children.
- Water and sanitation services: to provide clean potable water and garbage collection facilities and appropriate sewage networks, which contributes to the prevention of pollution and the spread of epidemics and diseases transmitted by water.
- Supporting services: such as rehabilitation of mud roads and stabilizing it with gravel, strengthening camps and damaged accommodation units and installing solar water heaters.
- Psychological support: to raise the morale of the affected people and help them to endure the ordeal they are going through.
- Restoring family links: reuniting family members and preventing the tragedy of losing a member.