Thousands of families will receive aid in the drought-hit area.
Qatar Charity has inaugurated a project worth more than QAR 1.4 million, including a multi-service centre and a charity bakery in Baidoa, the southwestern bay region of Somalia.
The centre is expected to benefit nearly 2.2 million people in Baidoa, providing educational, social and developmental services.
“I am delighted to inaugurate this service project, which covers several important domains such as health, culture, education, water, and extending assistance to those in need, especially orphans,” said Mohamed Hussein Roble, Somali Prime Minister.
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Qatar Charity said that the programme aims to “lessen the suffering” of people affected by the drought in Somalia, with the bakery providing bread to 2,000 families. The charity said that the building, equipment as well as the one-year operating cost is approximately QAR 1.6 million.
“The State of Qatar always seeks to help the Somali brothers through sustainable projects, as these projects provide job opportunities for the unemployed to ensure stability and to rebuild various institutions, so that Somalia can enjoy security, stability and prosperity,” said Hassan bin Hamza Hashem, Qatar’s ambassador to Somalia.
Last year, the United Nations warned that if no international action is taken, one million children are projected to be acutely malnourished over 2020, including 180,000 who are likely to be severely malnourished.
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