As winter closes in across the Middle East, several Qatar charities are preparing to provide urgent humanitarian aid to hundreds of thousands of people in Syria and Iraq.
According to UNHCR, some 4.8 million Syrian refugees have fled their country in the past five years. And a further 8.7 million people are predicted to be displaced within Syria itself in 2016.
Meanwhile, inside Iraq, there are currently 3.2 million displaced people, while 4 million have fled their homes.
At least four Qatar charities have all launched winter campaigns for donations. The money raised will help provide food, clothes, blankets and shelter to refugees during the harsh cold months.
They are the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS), Eid Charity, Qatar Charity and RAF.
In a statement, QRCS Secretary-General Ali Hassan Al-Hammadi said:
“While we are safe in our homes, we should never forget those homeless and destitute widows, orphans, elderlies, and patients who lost their homes and livelihoods.
They are in dire need of help as the cold winter approaches, and we also need to put an end to their pain, so that we may deserve blessings and reward from God.”
Here’s some information on how to help:
Qatar Red Crescent Society
During its “Warm Winter” campaign, QRCS will provide aid to 206,000 people with a total budget of QR10 million.
The money will cover main necessities such as warm winter clothing, blankets, electric heaters, fuel and covers.
The provisions will go to people in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and displaced refugees in Lebanon and Jordan.
Residents can donate online or call the hotline numbers (66666364 and 66644822).
Bank transfers are also accepted to QRCS’s account no. 11111-26666-202 (IBAN: QA28QIIB000000001111126666202) at Qatar International Islamic Bank (QIIB).
Other methods include texting a donation. Mobile users may send the message “13” to:
- 92176 to donate QR50;
- 92966 to donate QR100;
- 92770 to donate QR500; and
- 92740 to donate QR1,000.
This NGO is running a “Before the Cold Gets Them” campaign to help around 300,000 people in Syria and Iraq, with a total budget of QR35 million.
The charity plans to donate QR20 million to Aleppo and other provinces in Syria, and QR15 million to help those in Mosul and other affected areas in Iraq.
Some of the donations will go toward caravan shelters, food baskets, warm meals, children’s milk, tents and tent renovations.
Winter bags will also be given to adults (QR250 per person) and children (QR200). These will include: a pair of pants, coat, woolen clothes, gloves, earmuffs, hat, socks, shoes and a shawl.
Residents can also make payments to any of the bank accounts affiliated with the charity.
QC will launch its campaign “Below Zero” at Gulf Mall today (Nov. 29).
The initiative targets beneficiaries in Syria to help aid families during winter.
Translation: They don’t miss winter, they’re afraid of it! Public Invitation. Place: Gulf Mall, Al Gharafa. Time: 10am to 1pm, and 3:30pm to 10:30pm.
According to Al Sharq, an exhibition that uses technology will raise refugee awareness among Qatar residents and students.
There will be cut-out designs displayed to portray the plight of Syrian families.
Donations will go toward shelter, tents, well-equipped caravans, winter clothing, blankets, food baskets, ready-made meals, water, flour, bread, medical equipment, ambulance bags, medicines and the construction and operation of hospitals.
The exhibition is open until Dec. 4.
RAF’s campaign “The Winter of Mercy: Let’s Grow Warmth in Their Hearts” is aimed at collecting QR19 million in donations to provide basic necessities to 120,000 families in Syria and Iraq.
Food baskets, winter bags, caravan shelters and medicines will be donated to those who are displaced, and to refugees in Lebanon and Jordan.
According to RAF, QR11.6 billion is needed to meet the basic needs of Syrian refugees this year, with some 6 million children in need of urgent help.
There are also 6.7 million who are suffering from food insecurity.
Donations can be made online, or by sending the text message “2” to 92648 to donate QR50 to Syrian refugees, or “26” to 92648 to donate QR50 to refugees in Iraq.
Contributors may also call RAF’s hotline at 55341818.