Under the slogan ‘Comfort for Them,’ Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) initiated a new project to distribute Ramadan aid to families registered with Social Security, with a finance of QR400,000 by the Qatar Central Bank’s (QCB) Social and Sports Activities Fund, in coordination with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.
Under the program, 250 Social Security-recipient families will be provided with social assistance. The Ministry reviewed and selected the most needy families to be covered. The programme has already begun well ahead of Ramadan, to achieve the desired purpose of helping the target families pay for their cost of living and feel satisfied during the fasting season. The distributions will run throughout Ramadan.
In an exclusive, QRC Secretary-General Saleh bin Ali Al Mohannadi commended the generous contribution by the Social and Sports Activities Fund, which comes in agreement with QRC principles and mission of supporting the vulnerable, advancing and developing the individual, and improving standards of life inside and outside of Qatar. Al Mohannadi said:
Every year, Ramadan brings lots of good and happiness for everyone, both well-off and hand-to-mouth. In such a spiritual atmosphere, the least thing to do is to come together to please others, meet their needs, and deliver donations and provisions everywhere. Let’s make it really a month of benevolence, blessing, and felicity for every person living in our beloved Qatar.’
For many years now, QRC has had the tradition of launching a large-scale fundraising campaign and intensifying its health, social, and humanitarian activities towards the beginning of and during the holy month of Ramadan, as it is a special occasion for all people, particularly the poor, who desperately need to secure the necessities of life, feel a sense of sufficiency and social solidarity, and have better economic conditions.
QCB donated QAR7,000,000, likely to be reiterated on a yearly basis, to support different QRC activities and services locally, including financial, in-kind, social, educational, and medical assistance for poor families, patients, students, and the elderly, to help them go on with their lives, as well as capacity building for vulnerable groups through professional training and development, women’s empowerment and integration into the social and economic arenas, and rehabilitation of penitentiary inmates.