DOHA: Over eight million Palestinian people have benefited from various relief and development projects and social welfare services implemented by Qatar Charity (QC) in the Gaza Strip during the last 10 years (2008-2018) to meet their basic needs amidst the ongoing humanitarian crisis and high rates of poverty and unemployment.
These projects and services have been a top priority for Qatar Charity, as they, directly and indirectly, benefited 800,000 individuals and families annually, said a release.
Qatar Charity has been operating in Palestine in general and in the Gaza Strip in particular since 1990s. The charity has a field office in Gaza, which directly oversees its projects, ensures its quick intervention in times of crisis, and cooperates with international, regional and local humanitarian partners to implement major development projects.
During the period 2008-2018, Qatar Charity, with support from the people of Qatar, implemented 1,462 relief and development projects in several areas, which were carried out in cooperation and partnership with international organizations and supporting bodies at a cost of QR662m.
In the field of social welfare, the number of orphans, poor families, people with special needs, and teachers sponsored by Qatar Charity has reached 15,000 persons. The orphans constitute the largest number of those sponsored by the charity.
In the field of education, Qatar Charity has implemented 19 projects, which benefited more than 306,000 people. The projects included the construction of schools, the establishment of scientific laboratories and the provision of solar energy to 60 schools in the Gaza Strip.
Qatar Charity implemented 24 health projects by during past 10 years which benefited 1.8 million people.
These projects included medical equipment, medical assistance, medical consumables, laboratory materials, generators for hospitals, generator fuel, and transportation for dialysis patients, in addition to the establishment of the ambulance and emergency station.
Qatar Charity has implement 31 relief projects, which benefited about 383,000 families. These projects included food basket, drinking water and cash assistance for needy families and others. At the level of construction and rehabilitation projects, the total number of beneficiaries reached 11,000 families.
Qatar Charity supported the rehabilitation of severely destroyed industrial establishments, which benefited more than 1.5 people. This project included the rehabilitation of factories, workshops, mills and other damaged facilities, which have lost their equipment and machines.
Also, Qatar Charity has implemented 55 seasonal projects, which benefited about 761,000 families. These projects included Udhiya and feeding fasting persons, Eid clothing, Zakat Al Fitr projects.
Qatar Charity has implemented 5 projects to support the municipal sector of the Gaza Strip, which benefited about 2 million people. The projects included the filtration of rainwater, the construction of the slaughterhouse in the municipality of Khan Younis, and another government building, as well as the implementation of the winter project entitled “Shitaum Shtauna”.
In view of the continued suffering of the people in Gaza, there is still a greater need to strengthen the development efforts in order to meet their living needs. For this reason, Qatar Charity provides the opportunity to benefactors and doers to contribute to the implementation of a package of humanitarian projects within the framework of the “Gaza, the Right to Live” campaign, which will continue until October 20.