QR23m spent on community service

 19 Jan 2014 - 5:07


QRC officials with a child patient during a visit to the hospital.


DOHA: The  Qatar  Red Crescent (QRC) allocated more than QR23m last year in  community service and empowerment projects in Qatar. The projects included psychological support for people with disabilities, rehabilitation of inmates, cochlear implants for deaf children, support for needy families, training for housewives.
QRC’s  Women’s Forum for Charitable Work was launched and signed an agreement for cooperation between QRC and the Fund for Supporting Social and Sport Activities.
In collaboration with the Rumaila Hospital and the Muaither Rehabilitation Centre, QRC held a celebration for over 200 patients with disabilities. Gifts were distributed to 30 people, including winter clothing and other items.
QRC’s Social Development Department, in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior, carried out a project for inmates in penal and correctional facilities, providing them with support, rehabilitation and training, through workshops in electricity and welding.
To sustain and support this project financially, QRC has developed plans to implement development projects and use their income for the benefit of the inmates as part of an integral approach to support the vulnerable groups within the Qatari society.
In the field of health empowerment, QRC has funded, through Patients Help Fund, cochlear implant surgeries carried out by Hamad Medical Corporation for three children at costing QR320,000. The Fund also supported three cases of kidney transplants within HMC to encourage such operations in Qatar, in light of the high success rates in this field.
QRC implemented a project for the delivery of ATM Cards to needy families to receive a monthly social assistance including food and money which benefits over 250 families on a monthly basis. In collaboration with the British Council, QRC implemented Springboard Programme for housewives to enhance their abilities, boost their self-confidence and increase their potential.
QRC’s Department of Social Development also carried out a number of social programmes for children and school students throughout the year. These projects include a special program ‘Recite and Elevate’  to honor students who have memorised the Holy Quran, held every Ramadan, in addition to the ‘This is my Wish’ programme, which grants the wishes of sick children in hospitals and the ‘Outstanding Students’ programme, dedicated to honouring outstanding school students from needy families.
The Peninsula