QFFD and QRCS distribute relief to Durban flood victims – South Africa

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June 7, 2022Doha: As part of the emergency response to the Durban floods in South Africa, with funding from the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), a joint relief delegation from QFFD and the Qatar Red Crescent Society ( QRCS) has been deployed in South Africa.

Arriving on May 25, 2022, the delegation held coordination meetings there with the authorities concerned, supervised the rescue operations and distributed aid to the victims.

Just a day after arriving in Johannesburg, the delegation held a meeting with the president and staff of the South African Red Cross Society (SARCS), to be briefed on the situation and to coordinate relief supplies. Part of the items were purchased locally in South Africa and another humanitarian air cargo was deployed from Qatar. In addition, all logistics, plans and distribution mechanisms have been agreed upon.

Over the next few days, the team held a series of coordination meetings with SARCS, Crisis and Disaster Management and other government officials. There was a coordination meeting between the QFFD-QRCS delegation, SARCS representatives and officials from the Qatar Embassy in South Africa.

Afterwards, the relief delegation traveled to the flood-affected city of Durban to hold further coordination meetings and carry out an assessment visit to the most affected areas. They were accompanied by HE Tariq Ali Faraj Al-Ansari, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Qatar to the Republic of South Africa, Dr Mohamed Salah Ibrahim, Director of the Relief and International Development Division at QRCS Headquarters in Doha, the QFFD delegation, and representatives of the South African government.

Upon the arrival of the humanitarian aid plane deployed from Qatar, Mr. Al-Ansari, Minister of Foreign Affairs of South Africa, and many government officials witnessed the clearance of the cargo. The two sides held a meeting to discuss the friendly relations between the two countries, followed by a press conference to explain the nature and details of the humanitarian intervention.

Since May 30, 2022, QRCS relief personnel have been distributing QFFD-funded humanitarian aid, which consists of various relief items such as food items, blankets and hygiene kits. In addition, drinking water tankers were deployed and physical activities were organized for children, such as sports games and football competitions.

So far, these distributions have covered 1,794 people from the most affected families in many areas and/or reception camps.

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About the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD)

The Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) is a public development institution that is committed, on behalf of the State of Qatar, to implement foreign aid projects under Law No. 19 of 2002 and of his amendments. It has provided assistance to several countries around the world to achieve the international cooperation goals of the Qatar National Vision 2030.

The main objective of QFFD is to achieve inclusive and sustainable development, by addressing priority issues of education, health and economic empowerment. The most important sustainability goals of QFFD are:

Goal 3: “Enable everyone to live in good health and well-being”;

Goal 4: “Ensure equitable and inclusive education for all and strengthen lifelong learning for all”;

Goal 8: “Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and maintain full and productive employment and decent work for all”.

QFFD spares no effort to achieve the other Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 2 “End Hunger Completely”, Goal 6 “Provide Safe Drinking Water” and, most importantly, Goal 17 “establishing partnerships to achieve the objectives”.

The QFFD cooperates with many active actors experienced in development efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, QFFD has national strategic partners, including Qatari NGOs, Qatari government agencies and the private sector, as well as international partners such as United Nations organizations, international institutions and development funds.

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About the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS)

Established in 1978, the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is Qatar’s premier humanitarian and volunteer organization that aims to assist and empower vulnerable individuals and communities without bias or discrimination.

The QRCS is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and 192 National Societies. He is also a member of several GCC, Arab and Islamic organizations such as the Islamic Committee of the International Crescent and the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO). In this legally recognized capacity, QRCS has access to disaster and conflict areas, thereby serving as an auxiliary to the State of Qatar in its humanitarian and social efforts – a role that sets it apart from other local charities and NGOs.

Locally and internationally, QRCS has relief and development operations in many countries in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Central and South America. Its humanitarian mandates include disaster preparedness, response, recovery and risk reduction. To mitigate the impact of disasters and improve the livelihoods of affected populations, QRCS provides medical services, food, water, shelter and other needs of local communities. She is also active on the front lines of humanitarian diplomacy and advocacy.

With the help of an extensive network of trained and committed staff and volunteers, QRCS aspires to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity, inspired by the seven fundamental principles of humanitarian action: humanity , impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universal

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