DONATE: QRCS Ramadan campaign to support needy families, individuals in 22 countries
Building on its annual Ramadan campaign, which was introduced more than 18 years ago, the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has launched a range of programs during the holy month of Ramadan to support needy families and individuals in 22 countries.
Despite the challenges in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Secretary-General of QRCS Ali bin Hassan Al Hammadi confirmed that the campaign "It is Better and Greater in Reward," will be carried out with even more determination this year.
QRCS aims to support at least one million needy persons inside and outside Qatar through various programs worth QR60 million, Al Hammadi said.
In compliance with preventive measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, all QRCS-led Ramadan tents, which have been an annual offering, have been canceled.
Instead, the organization is providing food baskets to needy individuals and families to bring them ease and joy during this blessed month.
Another project, titled The Double Reward, lets each donor purchase a food basket to donate to a needy individual. Then, a part of the value of the basket is given to another underprivileged person. As a result, more people reap the benefits of the donation and the donor achieves a greater sense of joy of giving as well as more divine reward.
"Using modern technology, a first-of-its-kind computerized database of the beneficiaries was created and shared with our partner, LuLu Hypermarket, where the beneficiaries can collect their respective food baskets at nine branches across the country upon presenting their personal IDs," said Muna Fadhel Al-Sulaiti, Executive Director of QRCS’s Volunteering and Local Development Division.
Those who require food assistance can contact QRCS through a dedicated hotline (16002), the Secretary-General of QRCS highlighted.
He further mentioned that QRCS' Ramadan projects will target needy families and migrant workers affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
The organization's Humanitarian Services Fund provides more than 6,000 food baskets to families registered with the social assistance programs, Al Hammad said.
In addition to providing food assistance through the provision of Iftar meals and food baskets, some other QRCS programs include:
- Zakat al-Fitr - in several countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Somalia, Syria, Iraq, and others
- Eid clothes - purchasing and donating Eid clothes for the needy
- This is My Wish - gifts and toys for sick children
You can donate to QRCS' Ramadan campaign online. Click here to know more about the different programs.
Other ways to donate include:
- send an SMS (app.qrcs.org.qa/cov);
- call hotlines (66666364 – 33998898);
- make a bank transfer via QIIB (IBAN: QA66QIIB000000001111126666003);
- or visit - QRCS's headquarters in Corniche, QRCS’s Training and Development Center in Umm Al-Seneem, or QRCS's donation collection agents (Al-Meera, LuLu, and Carrefour).
QRCS which was established in March 1978 as Qatar's first volunteering charitable organization works to help and empower vulnerable individuals and communities without partiality or discrimination.
QRCS is an active member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which comprises the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and a network of National Societies in 190 countries.
The organization is also a member of several regional and Islamic organizations, including the Islamic Committee of the International Crescent (ICIC) and the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO).
Meanwhile, health authorities in the country continue to implement the highest level of monitoring, detection, and management procedures to deal with the virus, the public has been advised to follow certain measures to safeguard their health.
For any queries, or concerns related to COVID-19 in Qatar, the public can contact a 24/7 hotline set up by the Ministry. The hotline number is 16000 and is toll-free.
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