Ramadan 2016: Qatar Red Crescent Society supporting vulnerable communities during holy month

Published: 30 June 2016 11:36 CET

By Soraya Dali-Balta, IFRC

Hoping to spread the spirit of compassion and fraternity, Qatar Red Crescent Society launches each year in Ramadan activities and programmes to support vulnerable and underprivileged communities inside and outside Qatar. For 2016, the Red Crescent has invested 11 million Qatari Riyals (2.9 million Swiss francs) in additional assistance for Ramadan, which  includes social, medical and cultural activities.

Mr Fahad M. Al-Naimi, the Executive Director of Qatar Red Crescent Society, said: "As per the tradition, we have launched this Ramadan a charitable campaign involving cross-sectoral projects to benefit vulnerable communities in Qatar and in other countries.”

The Red Crescent has erected two Ramadan tents in Doha to host daily iftar banquets throughout the holy month, targeting particularly foreign workers who don’t have company in the country with whom they can celebrate these days. The organization also prepares Iftar meals for more than 500 patients who get treatment at several medical centres. On a daily basis as well, volunteers of Qatar Red Crescent Society distribute 300 meals and drinking water to municipality workers in the industrial city, and 500 meals to poor families registered with the Social Development Center.

The National Society is keen during these holy days to provide financial assistance to 1,500 families, fulfilling hence the Zakat, or almsgiving duty which is one of Islam’s five pillars. In addition, the organization helps several households through the distribution of clothes, gifts and food coupons ahead of Eid Al Fitr.

Ramadan initiatives of the Red Crescent go beyond the mere provision of meals and assistance to vulnerable Qataris and non-Qataris in the country to include as well medical and cultural activities. This year, the organization is providing free diabetes and hypertension tests for visitors of mosques and large shopping malls, and is hoping to redraw a smile on sick children’s faces through making their wishes come true. Also, Qatar Red Crescent Society is honouring outstanding achievements of school students, teachers and principals in recognition of their efforts and contributions to society.

Outside Qatar, the National Society continues to support communities affected by conflicts or natural disasters, particularly refugees and internally displaced people across Arab countries. These communities are receiving daily Iftar meals from the Red Crescent throughout Ramadan.

"As an active member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, Qatar Red Crescent Society does not only focus on serving people inside Qatar, but its scope of work also covers countries affected by conflicts, natural disasters, or poverty,” commented Mr Al-Naimi.

“The seven Fundamental Principles of the Movement are our inspiration to work in this way.”