Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is continuing to relieve the people inside Syria who were affected by the cold and life-threatening winter, through the ‘Touch of Warmth’ project conducted by QRCS at a cost of US$1.1 million (QR 4 million).

Through its Turkey office, QRCS personnel is distributing winter aid to 60,000 people across Syria, such as Damascus, Rif Dimashq, Daraa countryside, Homs, Idlib countryside, western and southern Aleppo countryside, and eastern Hama countryside.

Conducted in cooperation with SDI and IHR, the rate of accomplishment till now is 73% over three months. The project involves distributing 30,500 bags of children’s winter clothes, distributing 225,000 litres of heating oil, and restoring 200 households damaged by war.

QRCS2All the clothes were delivered by the 26 contracted workshops, securing jobs for more than 370 people. The only exceptions are Daraa, where a new 28-staff workshop was established specifically to serve the project, and Homs, where the manufacturing material is unavailable and had to be procured outside.

In relation to household restoring, it was highly welcomed by the communities, the beneficiaries, and the local professionals like electricians, plumbers, construction workers, carpenters, etc. So far, 80 households in Rif Dimashq and 30 households in Aleppo were restored.

Finally, the first batch of 100,000 litres of heating oil was distributed to families, each receiving 40 litres, and the second batch of 125,000 litres is currently underway.

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Apart from the direct beneficiaries, there are many indirect beneficiaries, including 370 sewing workers, 150 reconstruction workers, 80 volunteers supervising the project, and 20 volunteers to distribute the heating oil.

The project’s economic activation strategy was commended by several humanitarian organizations, including the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which offered to partake in the funding to expand the scale of the project to more beleaguered cities and districts.

The project is part of QRCS’s Warm Winter campaign of 2015-2016, with the purpose of protecting Syrian children against the cold winter, helping reduce child mortality rates, encouraging school attendance and preventing absenteeism, supporting local livelihoods, reactivating small-to-medium plants and workshops, and reaching out to the beleaguered and most needy areas.

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