Under the slogan ‘We Are with You,’ Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) mark the International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), officially celebrated by National Societies on 3 December under the umbrella of the United Nations.

In cooperation with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), QRC held several events over two days with informative lectures for school social advisors and administrative staff and distribution of gifts to 90 children with disabilities.

On the first day of celebration, QRC’s headquarters hosted a series of academic and informative lectures attended by representatives of nearly 80 schools and delivered by disability experts, including Adla Sabri, Manager of Al Tamakon for Comprehensive Education, Dr Maryam Mostafa Al Hawli, Pediatric Specialist at Child Development and Rehabilitation Section, Rumailah Hospital, and Adel Al Awni and Al Arabi Al Arfawi, Speech Therapy Specialists at Rumailah Hospital.

The event was concluded with a lecture by Dr Ayesh Ahmed Al-Qahtani, Islamic preacher and family/educational consultant, on how to utilise disability for the best interest of the children.

On the second day, a delegation of QRC Social Development Department, headed by Rashid bin Saad Al Mohannadi, visited the Rumailah Hospital. The hospital’s officials welcomed him and took him on a tour to meet the children and distribute gifts and toys to them, based on pre-event arrangements, to please them and help them accept their congenital problems. Al Mohannadi stated:

QRC has done a lot in addressing the problem of disabilities, as part of the State’s strategic approach to such special segments of society, putting in place a system of rights and responsibilities for them.’

He considered the event as an opportunity to mobilise support for the cause of disabilities, describing QRC’s participation in this celebration as an attempt to raise awareness of how to minimise disabilities and enhance the potential and morale of disabled persons.

Al Mohannadi Distributing Gifts to Children at Rumailah HospitalAnother delegation of Hanadi Al Moallem and Latifa Al Merekhi visited Al Tamakon for Comprehensive Education, where they met Sabri and received a presentation on the center’s activities and services for the children with disabilities. The visitors took a tour of the different sections to meet the teachers and children and distribute gifts to them. Sabri thanked QRC for this kind act towards such a sensitive and vulnerable segment, showing willingness to cooperate with QRC in supplying equipment for the phonetics laboratory and organising first aid courses for the staff. Further discussions are to take place later.

Established in 1978, QRC is a humanitarian charitable organisation that aims to assist and empower vulnerable individuals and communities without partiality or discrimination. QRC is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which consists of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) in Geneva, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and 189 national societies. QRC is also a member of several Gulf, Arab, and Islamic assemblies, such as: the Islamic Committee of International Crescent and the Secretariat-General of the Arab Organization of Red Crescent and Red Cross. In this legally recognised capacity, QRC has access to disaster and conflict zones, thus serving as an auxiliary to the State of Qatar in its humanitarian efforts, a role that distinguishes it from other local charitable or philanthropic organisations. QRC operates both locally and internationally and has ongoing international relief and development projects in a number of countries throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Europe.