Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) received a total of QR3 million as a donation from two Qatari sisters to fund a new developmental project to be implemented by QRC. The elder sister donated QR2 million, while the young sister donated QR1.1 million.

QRC Secretary-General, Saleh bin Ali Al Mohannadi, commended this generous move from two members of the same family who were keen on supporting QRC’s humanitarian efforts and activities in favor of the vulnerable and the needy everywhere. He invited everyone to follow suit and be active helpers for their brothers in humanity, regardless of their location, colour, language, or ethnicity. He said:

We are grateful for this donation from those respectable ladies, who opted for anonymity in pursuit of the great reward of undisclosed charity. By this gracious act, they were a role model for the Qatari women and society at large in benevolence and compassion. You become a better and more humane person when you make others happier and less suffering.’

The developmental project comprises two phases, the first of which involves building 70 family housing units for 460 people of the poorest families in Kondachchy, a village of Mannar District, northern Sri Lanka. It also involves constructing and furnishing four shops, a school, and a mosque, as well as digging two artisan wells equipped with a 4,000-liter water tank and a solar-powered pump.

The second phase of the project involves building 44 family housing units for 264 people in the village of Erukkalampiddy, in addition to two fully-furnished shops. The project will be executed in partnership with Serendib Foundation for Relief and Development (SFRD), which also conducted a field survey to identify the beneficiaries of the project.

A QRC assessment and inspection team visited the location and selected the housing design based on an already completed housing project that proved practical and comfortable for the inhabitants.

The Sri Lankan government contributed the land lot on which the houses will be constructed.

Planned to be completed in 12 months, the housing units will be in compliance with international and environmental standards. The components and material for execution will be purchased from the local market, and execution will be done by local labor, to create more job opportunities and improve the economic conditions of local community, building on the developmental and humanitarian purposes of the project.