Qatar Red Crescent and Qatar Fund For Development signed a grant agreement to implement a multi-sectoral development program in Sudan through the establishment of service complexes in West and East Darfur states as part of Qatar’s initiative for development and reconstruction at a total cost of US $ 13 million (QR 47.3 million)
According to the agreement, the Qatari Red Crescent will set up two multi-service complexes in Sisi and Abu Soruj villages in West Darfur state at a cost of $ 8,640,000, and the village of Abu Dangul in the state of East Darfur at a cost of $ 4, 320,000 as part of Qatar’s initiative for the development of Darfur launched at the Doha donors’ conference in April 2013.
The agreement was signed by Mr. Khalifa bin Jassim Al-Kuwari, Director-General of QFFD and Qatar’s Red Crescent Secretary-General Ali Hassan Al-Hammadi, in the presence of a group of officials from both sides.
During the signing ceremony, Mr. Khalifa Al-Kuwari said, “QFFD’s grant will contribute to the development of communities affected by the armed conflict in Darfur by encouraging displaced people to return to their homes and carrying out productive projects that help them live decently”.
He stressed that this aid is part of the humanitarian plan committed by the State of Qatar to alleviate the human suffering there.
He pointed out that this agreement falls within the framework of the humanitarian response plan prepared by the Qatar Fund For Development fin 2016. Several agreements were signed during that year, including the urgent relief for the city of Fallujah, a grant agreement for the relief of the Syrian people, the urgent relief of the besieged city of Aleppo and a cooperation agreement to support the brotherly Sudanese people.
Mr. Al-Hammadi, said, “I would like to thank QFFD for this generous support to QRCS’s imminent relief response to the people of Darfur, by helping those returning home earn a living, become economically empowered and establish peace and social cohesion.”
He commended the strategic partnership with QFFD, which reflects the approach of Qatar leaders towards helping the vulnerable and the distressed, particularly in Arab countries like Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Libya. “Thanks to QRCS that plays a pivotal role in supporting the state of Qatar’s humanitarian policy locally and internationally,” he noted.
The projects to be implemented over a period of five years will benefit 300,000 people, according to the Director General of QFFD. The service center established will include two primary schools for boys and for girls. It will also include two secondary schools. In addition to educational facilities, a health center, a police station, a mosque and 15 houses for the employees will be built. It will also have a water station, green areas as well as solar energy. The Fund will manage the centre for three years before transferring the responsibility to local society committees after being trained in cooperation with the authorities concerned including the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Public Health and Water and Environmental Sanitation (WES).