Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has completed a project to provide food and winterisation aid for 2,815 poor Palestinian families - or more than 14,000 people - under its 'Benevolence Is Mercy' Warm Winter Campaign 2020.
At a total cost of $249,065 (or QR909,087), raised through donations by the people of Qatar, the distributions were carried out by QRCS’s representation offices in the West Bank and Gaza.
In co-operation with Palestine Red Crescent Society, QRCS co-ordinated with the mayors of the targeted towns in making field visits and assessments, in order to prioritise the beneficiaries.
Distribution in the West Bank
Then, 1,030 families received food parcels, each containing 33kg of basic food items such as vegetable oil, rice, legumes, flour and canned food. Also, winterisation baskets were distributed to 105 families, each containing a blanket, mattress, a gas heater and carpet.
At the same time, food parcels and winterisation baskets were distributed to 1,360 families and 320 families, respectively, in the city of Gaza, Deir al Balah, Khan Yunis and the northern districts of Gaza.
Dr Akram Nassar, head of the QRCS office in Gaza, said they were keen on selecting the right beneficiaries in partnership with their Palestinian partner. Those included the most vulnerable families, victims of the recent storms in the Palestinian territories, and patients with chronic diseases and disabilities.
He described the food and winterisation aid contributed by the people of Qatar as “vital” for the vulnerable in Gaza. “It is a lifeline amid the bad weather, prolonged blockade and restrictions on the Palestinian people,” added Dr Nassar.