Posted on December 01, 2018

Qatar Charity (QC), through its office in Islamabad, has handed over 114 income-generating projects to needy and low-income families and those affected by disasters.

The initiative comes as part of its efforts to combat poverty and contribute to the development of the needy and the affected societies, QC has said in a statement. The number of beneficiaries of these projects, implemented with the support of the Qatari people, has reached more than 800 people. The projects include small shops, poultry farming and three-wheeled motor vehicles known as auto rickshaws, which have been provided to the beneficiaries in three provinces of Pakistan, Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The projects were completed during the August-October period. 

Some 50 shops were distributed as part of the initiative, while poultry farming included 55 projects with each beneficiary receiving 25 hens along with poultry farming aid. Auto rickshaws were given to nine persons. Last year, QC’s office in Islamabad completed 109 economic empowerment projects, benefiting more than 760 people, the statement noted. Between 2014 and 2018, many projects have been implemented by the office, including those related to water, sanitation, health centres, mosques, relief and others. The number of branch offices in Pakistan during this period reached four field offices located in Swat, Rajanpur, Tando Mohamed Khan and Mirpur Khas, in addition to an office in the Shorkot region for a project implemented in co-operation with Unicef.

QC also sponsors more than 2,000 people in the Kashmir region. During the current year, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), a government institution in Pakistan, has honoured QC in recognition of its humanitarian and development efforts in the country. Qatar Charity was awarded a certificate of excellence and shield of honour by NDMA at a ceremony. The office has enjoyed the confidence of international organisations and was rated as a highly professional partner compatible with all the standards and policies of donors, according to periodic evaluations conducted by Unicef for the performance of its partners, the statement adds.

QC and Unicef have been co-operating on the implementation of projects in Pakistan since 2010, the most recent of which is a project being implemented in the Shorkot region, with joint funding from both sides.

source: Gulf Times