(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula
Doha: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Qatar Charity (QC) signed yesterday three agreements worth $4m, in support of UNHCR operations in Iraq, Bangladesh and Yemen.
These agreements were signed at QC's headquarters in Doha by Khaled Khalifa, UNHCR's Regional Representative to the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries, and Faisal Rashid Al Fehaida, Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Qatar Charity, in support of UNHCR's projects focused on providing much-needed assistance to internally displaced Iraqis and Yemenis, in addition to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
The first agreement focuses on providing around 80,000 vulnerable Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh with essential assistance for shelter, energy and water and sanitation, with total contribution of $2m.
The ceremony also covered an agreement worth $1m to provide long-term shelter rehabilitation support for 300 families (approximately 1,800 individuals) of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq.
An additional agreement was signed based on which Qatar Charity will contribute $1m to provide rental assistance for returnee families and communities in Yemen, in the form of cash grants. Around 12,600 individuals in Yemen will benefit from this project.
'UNHCR highly appreciated its long partnership with QC, which plays a vital role towards supporting our ability to respond to the most pressing humanitarian needs of internally displaced persons in Iraq and Yemen, and Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, said Khaled Khalifa.
'Collaborating with UNHCR allows us to diversify and strengthen our support of programmes focused on improving the situation of refugees and IDPs, said Faisal Rashid Al Fehaida.
UNHCR and Qatar Charity have a long track record of cooperation in support of displaced people over many years. Since 2011, Qatar Charity has provided over $34m to UNHCR's programmes, and has delivered essential humanitarian assistance to more than 1.5 million refugees and internally displaced persons in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, Jordan, Somalia and Bangladesh.
In December 2018, UNHCR and QC launched the QC4HCR multi-year initiative for five years, which aims to mobilise an annual contribution of $30m to fund UNHCR's programmes globally.