(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Qatar Charity (QC) has distributed emergency winter relief and food aid to more than 1,300 families, with 4,500 people, in 12 municipalities and villages of Bosnia and Herzegovina at a total cost of QR500,000.
The initiative came within the framework of the ‘Affected by Winter' campaign, aiming to alleviate the suffering of needy families, QC said in a statement.
The aid was distributed at a number of places in the country, including some highland areas.
The relief assistance was provided through QC's office in Bosnia and Herzegovina at a time of snowfall and when the temperature dropped sharply to below -15C.
Faisal al-Fahida, executive director of QC's Executive Management of International Operations, said the beneficiary families in Bosnia and Herzegovina received food baskets containing flour, oil, sugar, macaroni, canned meat, salt and rice.
They also got blankets and winter clothes. More than 100 tonnes of wood for heating were distributed to poor families living in the highlands.
These areas are hard to reach, particularly this time of the year due to heavy snowfall, leading to the interruption of transport to and from these places, al-Fahida added.
The aid beneficiaries expressed their thanks and appreciation to the Qatari people for their humanitarian initiatives and continued support of the Bosnian people in order to alleviate the suffering of those in need and orphans during the winter, the statement noted.
Qatar Charity has already distributed winter clothes, blankets and food baskets to more than 400 orphans along with their families in Bosnia and Herzegovina within the framework of its ‘Orphan below Zero' campaign.
For the second consecutive year, QC said it has carried out the campaign to provide warmth and due care to Syrian orphans in Lebanon and Turkey, as well as orphans in Kyrgyzstan, Bosnia, Albania and Kosovo at a cost of QR3mn.