(MENAFN - Gulf Times)
Qatar Charity (QC) has said its office in Sri Lanka continues to implement more multi-service centre projects, which include social housing units and other service facilities, as part of its efforts to resettle poor families that have been displaced from their villages in the past decades.
In conjunction with the opening of its office in Sri Lankan capital Colombo last March, QC inaugurated four multi-service centres, each containing 22 houses (social housing units), a health centre, a kindergarten, a mosque, an artesian water well, endowed shops and green spaces.
The centres, which were built at a cost of QR4mn, are expected to benefit hundreds of families directly and indirectly, QC has said in a statement. The charity is currently working on the implementation of another centre project with the same specifications and is also preparing to build two social housing units for the poor.
These multi-service centres have benefited families displaced from other villages in the north of the country, living in temporary camps or houses that lack the most basic amenities to sustain a dignified life.
Most of the beneficiaries are peasants, fishermen and daily wage earners, who are materially unable to build their own homes.
QC has stressed that the aim of these projects is to resettle the second generation of these marginalised groups, affected by difficult circumstances that the country has experienced in the past, by giving them decent homes that can preserve their human dignity and provide them with the necessary facilities.
As Qatar Charity aims at economically empowering poor families, it has stared providing a number of orphans' mothers and underprivileged families with income-generating projects as part of the 2018 plan, which includes the completion of 94 economic empowerment projects, worth more than QR314,000.
These projects include sewing machines for widows, livestock and poultry, fishing boats, bicycles for students and tricycles for people with special needs in addition to productive projects such as dairy sheep farming for an orphanage.
In Sri Lanka, QC sponsors 1,300 people, most of whom are orphans, in addition to poor families, students, teachers and persons with special needs as part of its efforts in the field of social welfare. Also, QC's office is implementing 122 water projects worth more than QR860,000.
QC's humanitarian intervention dates back to 1993 when it used to work in co-ordination with local charities. It opened its office last March to directly oversee its projects and intensify its humanitarian and development efforts in the country.
During the holy month of Ramadan, the office distributed 30,000 ready Iftar meals and about 1,800 food baskets, benefiting more than 60,000 people. The charity is currently implementing development, construction and water projects at a cost of QR13mn.