Monday, April 3, 2017

Qatar Charity to aid famine-hit Somalia

(Gulf Times)- Due to the famine in Somalia, which caused the death of 100 people within 48 hours, and the unprecedented drought, which threatens the life of five million Somalis, Qatar Charity (QC) has decided to increase its relief efforts.

QC announced yesterday that it is implementing a number of new urgent projects, which was earlier initiated by a project aiming at providing food and medical supplies to about 19,000 affected people.
The project contributes to saving the lives of people affected by drought and malnutrition. International organisations reports indicate that more than two million Somalis need relief, and one million children suffer from malnutrition.

The project also seeks to alleviate the suffering of people living in drought-affected areas and have lost their livestock and displaced from their villages and rural areas owing to the lack of necessities such as water, food and medicine.

Mohamed al-Kaabi, QC’s Relief Department director said the agency had begun to intervene to face the drought in Somalia since the beginning of the crisis earlier this year.
It launched ‘Somalia: suffering and drought’, campaign and carried out several projects in different areas, the last of which was supplying people of the West Somalia region with potable water.
He pointed out that the new relief project, which will be implemented in the next few days, aims at relief of more than 1,800 affected families. Each family will benefit from a food basket that lasts for a month. Each basket contains rice, sugar, flour, edible oil, dates and milk. In addition, QC will be leading medical convoys that provide the needy with health services.
QC has urged donors and philanthropists in Qatar to donate for the benefit of Somalians. A donation of QR100 could facilitate water supply, QR300 a food basket and QR500 medical services.
Donation to this campaign is also possible by sending a text message “sms” having “soa” symbol to 92632 to donate QR50, and to 92642 to donate QR200, and to 92428 to donate QR500.
Donations can also be made to the campaign via e-mail to QC or via the hotline: 44667711, or through collection points and QC’s self-service devices in malls.
Through the relief campaign launched in Somalia in early February, QC also distributed food and drinking water to affected people benefiting 1,050 families in Puntland and Galmudug, and 550 families in Baidoa, one of the main cities affected by the drought, in addition to other projects targeting different areas.