|The Qatar Relief Alliance of charitable societies has announced the initiation of phase II of the Somalia and thePhilippines relief project after sending a field team for evaluation and submission of the final findings.|
On studying the visit findings, it has been agreed to implement recovery projects at Puntland in eastern Somalia for the purchase of cattle and fishing boats, rehabilitation of some artesian aquifers and healthcare centres and operation of four mobile clinics with a total
budget of $1.86mn.
Saleh bin Ali al-Mohannadi, secretary general of Qatar Red Crescent (QRC), said such projects were immediately introduced for implementation after the completion of phase I, where food and non-food items were delivered to more than 1,000 vulnerable families at a total cost of $1mn.
“Qataris rushed to the assistance of both distressed nations to help our brothers in humanity. This is a clear manifestation of our culture and teachings that encourage people to rescue and provide relief to people during the times of distress,”
Aid packages assigned for each affected family in Somalia included 25kg rice, 25kg flour, 15kg sugar, 6litres of food oil, 2.5kg child formula and 2kg dates. Other items for each family included one large blanket, a tarpaulin sheet, a set of utensils and other goods to assist more than 70,000 people.
In the Philippines, the alliance has formed a technical team to evaluate the recovery projects of phase II. A technical study was carried out for some projects that would be implemented in the near future at a total cost of $4.5mn.
Phase I of the relief campaign has been accomplished by sending emergency aid exceeding $500,000 to provide relief to nearly 8,200 families (41,000 people) in the affected zones.
QRC, Sheikh Eid Charity, Qatar Charity, RAF Foundation and Al Asmakh Charity had formed the relief alliance on Qatar Solidarity Day with the people of Somalia and the Philippines, held on November 19, 2013.
The alliance organised several fundraisers to gather support for the Qatar Solidarity Day campaign in order to alleviate the sufferings of the people of Somalia and the Philippines by collecting financial and in-kind donations. It also invited schools and universities to support these philanthropic efforts in order to instil humanitarian values in the young generation of Qatar.