DOHA, Qatar, Chairman of Qatar Charity (QC), Sheikh Hamad bin Nasser al Thani, and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, signed an agreement to support over 30,000 vulnerable Syrian refugee families, living in Jordan and Lebanon. The agreement is linked to a contribution of over $10 million by Qatar Charity, to be channelled towards UNHCR's Zakat Initiative. The donation will help secure much-needed cash assistance, for over 150,000 vulnerable Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan, until the end of 2018.
Over 1.6 million Syrian refugees live in Lebanon and Jordan, with the vast majority of refugees living below the poverty line (approximately 89% of refugees in Jordan and 71% of them in Lebanon). It is estimated that some 1.2 million refugees living in the Middle East and North Africa region are eligible for cash assistance.
Khaled Khalifa, UNHCR Regional Representative to the GCC countries, praised QC's collaboration with UNHCR.
He said, "Qatar Charity's donation to the Zakat Initiative is the first of its kind from any large donor. This generous contribution not only enhances our cooperation with Qatar Charity, but also emphasises its philanthropy, particularly with regard to helping hundreds of thousands of refugees secure their basic needs, whether rent, healthcare or other necessities."
UNHCR and QC have a long track record of cooperation in support of displaced persons. To date, QC has provided contributions of some $23 million, in support of UNHCR's operations in Syria, Yemen, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Iraq and Somalia.
Since the start of the year, QC has provided over $16 million to UNHCR, in support of Rohingya refugees and those affected by humanitarian crisis in Somalia.
Source: Nam News Network