Qatar Charity (QC) has said it “looks forward” to having more than 5,000 people in Damerjog, Djibouti, take advantages of the facilities offered at the new Doha Al kheir model village.
The village, funded by the Rohama Qatar initiative and implemented by Mercy International Association, was recently inaugurated by QC in Damerjog, Arta region.
Senior officials, including the Minister of Housing, Environment and Urban Planning in Djibouti, Musa Mohamed Ahmed, attended the inauguration along with the chargé d'affaires at the Qatari embassy in Djibouti, Nasser Mohamed Said Abu Sala’a.
Also present were a QC delegation headed by Khalid Abdullah al-Yafei, director of the Operations Department; members of Rohama Qatar and a delegation of Ataa Alkheir from Doha Al kheir (‘Good Giving from Good Doha’).
Doha Al kheir consists of 100 houses, a dispensary, mosque, primary school, sewing centre, water network and a large tank.
The model village, which took just one year to be built, provides houses for 100 families comprising more than 1,200 people, provides basic healthcare for them and offers educational services to more than 360 people (there were no schools in this area), according to a press statement from QC.
After suffering from a water crisis for a long time, the people now have access to clean water. Further, the project contributes to creating work opportunities through teaching and training students at a sewing workshop, the statement notes.
The Minister of Housing, Environment and Urban Planning, who sponsored the inauguration, extended his thanks to Qatari philanthropists - including the State of Qatar, QC and the Rohama Qatar initiative - for financing and carrying out the project.
He stressed that the village will help solve the housing crisis in Djibouti and benefit all residents of the region.
Al-Yafei emphasised the “developmental efficiency” of the village, expressing his thanks to Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh, and Prime Minister Abdoulkader Kamal Mohamed for facilitating QC’s and Mercy International Association’s work. He also thanked the members of Rohama Qatar and Atta Alkheir for their role in financing the project. The branch of Mercy International Association in Djibouti also had a role in implementing the project.
After that, al-Yafei gave a presentation on the most important QC projects in Djibouti over the last year and a half, collectively valued around QR15mn and benefiting some 77,801 people.
On his part, Abu Sala'a noted that the model village project was a distinctive addition to QC’s projects in Djibouti and reflected the “strength and distinction of the support provided by the Qatari people to the Djiboutian people”.
Hamad M al-Shahwany, representative of the Atta AlKheir initiative, and Naser Almoghaiseeb from the Rohama Qatar team also appreciated QC’s role.
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