Posted on November 07, 2014

Qatar Alliance for the Relief of the Peoples of Somalia and the Philippines has distributed non-food items to 1,548 families affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the towns of La Paz and Dagami, Leyte Province, the Philippines, said Qatar Tribune. The assistance consisted of eight containers, including 3,150 blankets, 592 tarpaulins, 594 tents, 3,390 water tanks, and 4,488 mattresses. These items were distributed in cooperation with the Philippine Red Cross, in coordination with local authorities.

The Qatar Alliance comprises Qatar Red Crescent (QRC), Qatar Charity, Sheikh Thani Bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF), Sheikh Eid Bin Mohammad Al Thani Charitable Association, and Al-Asmakh Charity Foundation. Leyte was chosen for this assistance because it was the worst-hit by Haiyan, as it was the first region to take the brunt of the typhoon, which left behind a heavy toll of casualties and destroyed infrastructure.

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La Paz and Dagami are located an hour drive away from the city of Tacloban. The beneficiaries were selected based on certain criteria, including destitute families, widows, the elderly, and people with disabilities. A team of volunteers and staff of the Philippine Red Cross branch in Leyte conducted a field survey in three villages of Dagami and six villages of La Paz. Accordingly, 1,548 families were selected and given coloured cards to receive assistance on the day of distribution.

After the process was concluded, the Chairman and Secretary-General of the Philippine Red Cross commended the distinctive role played by Qatar and its constant support and partnership in bilateral projects. Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the Philippines on November 8, 2013, was one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded. It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing at least 10,000 people and rendering nearly 66,000 people homeless.

The Qatar Alliance was formed as a result of the Qatar Day of Solidarity with the Peoples of Somalia and the Philippines, held on November 19, 2013. The alliance has already organised many events to mobiliswe financial and nonfinancial support for the campaign. The generated funds are used to execute relief and development projects that help alleviate the suffering of as many victims as possible in the two countries.