Posted on April 22, 2016

A delegation of Qatar Red Crescent Society recently visited the Philippines to inaugurate a housing project, as part of a development programme of the Qatar Alliance for the Relief of the Peoples of Somalia and the Philippines, at a total value of $2,256,209 (QR8,211,020).

QRCS was represented by Rashid bin Saad al Mohannadi, director, Social Development Department. The one-year project included building 650 housing units, seven classrooms, and a depot in northern Tacloban. The housing units were handed over to the beneficiary families at a ceremony organised with the Philippine Red Cross Society (PRCS). The classrooms and depot have also been completed. Work on another 625-unit project has been initiated. The houses are built of wood and cement, with a separate toilet and sewerage chamber each.

The 650 targeted families were selected based on case studies from among the families with totally destroyed homes, people with special needs, families whose breadwinners are children, women or old people, and chronic patients. The beneficiaries were trained in safe shelter standards and emergency measures. Seven classrooms were built at the central school of northern Burauen, a town of Leyte Province, at a cost of $150,000. A ready-made depot was built near the PRCS branch in Leyte. Local workforce was hired to build these structures, as a way to provide income for the local community.

Typhoon Haiyan, which stroke 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. Overall, it affected almost 9,800,000 people in nine regions with 44 provinces and 600 towns. State and community infrastructure was badly damaged, which resulted in severe basic services breakdown and worsened living conditions.

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, in response to the appeal made by the Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani. Apart from QRCS, which was assigned to the campaign, the Alliance involved Qatar Charity, Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF), Sheikh Eid bin Mohammad Al Thani Charitable Association, and Al-Asmakh Charity Foundation. The Alliance has already executed and organised many projects and events to mobilise financial and nonfinancial support for the campaign.

source: Qatar Tribune