Sunday, 09 May 2021 05:25 GMT

Qatar- Over 10 million benefit from QRCS aid globally

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Doha: Secretary-General of Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS), Ali bin Hassan Al Hammadi, has said that QRCS is one of the first charitable and humanitarian organisations in Qatar and has partnered in over 192 countries across the world.

'In Qatar, we provide support to poor families, labourers and patients. Ramadan Iftar project is also part of our activities in the country. Outside Qatar, we provide support to many people in many countries, especially when crises and disasters occur, he said.

Regarding those who ask for donations through social media platforms, he said that many of them are exploiters who are only looking to collect money.

Regarding the sources of donations, Al Hammadi said: 'The main sources that we are depending on are the donations that come from individuals. Our sources are limited and therefore there is a special committee to study cases and make sure that we are giving these donations to deserving people.

He also explained, while speaking in a Qatar TV programme, that the reason for checking and demanding many papers is to counter high percentage of cheating from help seekers.

On its website, Qatar Red Crescent Society showed that the number of local beneficiaries is about 1,116,520. Internationally, the number stands at 10,819,250.

Qatar Red Crescent Society projects are being implemented  in many countries including Bangladesh, Sudan, Syria, Yemen and Gaza among others. In Yemen, Qatar Red Crescent Society is building 224 housing units in two towns of Abs District, Hajjah Governorate, to shelter 1,680 displaced persons affected by war and flooding in Yemen.

For his part, Ali Al Ansari, Director of the Public Relations Department at the Regulatory Authority for Charitable Activities, said that the authority is authorised to issue licenses for collecting donations and to monitor the delivery of donations to the beneficiaries.

He added that there are 16 entities in Qatar, between an institution and a charitable society, adding that there are two charitable societies under study and they may soon get approval.

'Collecting donations without a permit is against the law and the violator exposes himself to a fine and imprisonment, Al Ansari noted. 

Mohammed Ali Al Ghamdi, Assistant to Qatar Charity's CEO in the governance and institutional development sector, said that last year Qatar Charity provided assistance to 142 loan defaulters, at a total cost of QR103m, and in current Ramadan, 17 loan defaulters were assisted.

After the programme which was aired on Sunday night, Qatar Charity tweeted yesterday, 'The loan defaulters campaign has been completed after collecting and receiving QR228m, and accordingly, all cases that have debts have been closed.

Al Ghamdi emphasised that the provision of assistance is being done with complete transparency and through a series of procedures to verify the beneficiaries. He said 95 percent of the Charity's revenues come from individual donations.



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