QRCS food parcels for families in Gaza affected by COVID-19 [EN/AR] – occupied Palestinian territory

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June 19, 2022 ― Doha: “During the COVID-19 lockdown, I suffered mentally and socially, so it was difficult to meet the needs of my young child.” These were the words of Bassem Al-Haban (25), a resident of northern Gaza, as he and his family go through the post-pandemic experience.

As he has a hearing impairment, his mother shared her statements as they received a food parcel as part of a project to distribute emergency aid to families affected by the coronavirus pandemic in Gaza, with funding of over one million QR from the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS).

Using sign language, Al-Haban explained that he was living in financial difficulties and that his mother contributed money to buy milk and food for his young child and his wife, who also had problems. auditory.

According to him, the economic situation in Gaza is very bad and he feels disappointed by the scarcity of jobs. Although he tried several times to find a job, his attempts were thwarted by the fact that employers did not know sign language. Things got even worse with the COVID-19 outbreak. He had to depend on his mother for his daily needs, as she is his only source of income.

Regarding the importance of supporting families affected by the coronavirus, Dr. Akram Nassar, head of the QRCS representative office in Gaza, spoke of coordination with the Ministry of Social Development to help poor families affected by the pandemic, by distributing 5,065 food parcels to around 30,000 beneficiaries, including patients, the elderly, people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups.

He added that the food distributions covered all governorates in Gaza, with each parcel containing 13 basic items, such as milk, vegetable oil, rice, pasta, jam and sugar.

QRCS has carried out a number of humanitarian interventions to combat the coronavirus pandemic in Gaza. These include the provision of medical supplies, detergents, disinfectants, thermometers, COVID-19 test strips and food parcels, at a total cost of QR 1,744,000.

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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 universality.

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