Posted on November 06, 2015
An official delegation from Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) visited Sri Lanka to open a number of housing, water and sanitation, and economic empowerment projects to resettle the internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by the armed conflict in northern and eastern parts of the country.
 
The delegation comprised Adel al Baker, general affairs consultant, and Said Tijani, head of Asia Office. Over two days, they attended the inauguration of 25 surface water wells and seven artesian wells equipped with water tanks and solar pumps. The project cost QR401,500 contributed by the General Directorate of Endowments (Awqaf) and a Qatari donor. Also, awareness sessions were held to educate the 12,000 beneficiaries about personal hygiene standards and how best to use and maintain these wells.
 
On November 2, the delegation opened two housing projects in Mannar District, northern Sri Lanka, which cost QR 3.1 million, totally donated by two Qatari sisters who opted for anonymity in pursuit of the great reward of undisclosed charity. The ceremony was attended by Minister for industry and Commerce Rishad Badiuddin and the head of Sri Lankan Red Cross office in Mannar. Badiuddin thanked QRCS and the Qatari people for supporting the rehabilitation and development of Sri Lank in general and specifically Mannar.

He urged the beneficiaries to use their houses in a good manner. On his part, Baker emphasised the importance of these projects in preserving the dignity of the beneficiaries by providing adequate shelter for them. He appreciated the support from Awqaf and Qatari benefactors to help their brothers who are in distress. The first project involved building 70 family housing units for 460 people in Kondachi, Musali Division. It also involved constructing and furnishing four shops, a school and a prayer centre, as well as digging two artesian wells equipped with a 4,000-litre water tank and a solar-powered pump.
 
The second project involved building 44 family housing units for 264 people in the village of Erukkalampiddy, in addition to two fully-furnished shops. The Sri Lankan government contributed the land lot on which the houses were constructed. As the executive partner, Serendib Foundation for Relief and Development (SFRD) conducted a field survey to identify the beneficiaries. A QRCS delegation visited Sri Lanka to explore the rules and regulations of homebuilding, secure the necessary licences and approvals, and examine the building materials. The delegation also took a field tour of the project sites.
 
QRCS's team visited four housing projects already implemented by SFRD in different areas, with funding from Kuwait. Completed ahead of schedule, the housing units were made in compliance with the international and environmental standards. The components and material for execution were purchased from the local market, and execution was done by local labourers to create more job opportunities and improve the economic conditions of the local community.
 
source: Qatar Tribune

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