The Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), Qatar Charity (QC) and UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) signed a tripartite cooperation agreement, in which both QFFD and QC pledged to provide UNHCR a total of $8.8 million in order to offer basic services to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
The agreement has been signed in Doha, Qatar in the presence of QFFD’s Director General, H.E. Mr. Khalifa Al Kuwari, QC’s CEO, Mr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al Kuwari, and UNHCR Regional Representative to the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries, Mr. Khaled Khalifa.
The generous contributions, which come ahead of the monsoon season, will be channeled towards a number of life-saving projects, including disaster risk reduction and response programs in Kutupalong camp, basic needs and essential services for refugees in Bangladesh.
These pledges come from QFFD and QC to strengthen cooperation and partnership with UN organizations, particularly with UNHCR, which clearly demonstrates the continued Qatari humanitarian commitment and reflects its pioneering solidarity role at the international level.
The agreement outlines numerous projects, including contributions towards the reinforcement of 52,000 homes ahead of the rainy season where some 260,000 refugees, many of whom are women and children, reside in Kutupalong camp. Likewise, some 37,500 refugees will benefit from shelter kits. It also covers weather-proofing road and bridge projects as well as drainage projects and major works to channel rain water.
“UNHCR welcomes QFFD’s and QC’s timely generous contributions” said Khaled Khalifa, UNHCR Regional Representative to the GGC Countries. “The suffering of Rohingya refugees is worsening, particularly during the rainy season. This contribution will help reduce the risks they face, during the rainy and cyclone season, and beyond, through the provision of essential life-saving assistance.” he added.
“It is important for us to ensure that these men, women and children, who have lost everything, not only survive, but are provided with conditions that help them to recover and rebuild their lives” said Mohammed Ali Al-Ghamdi, Executive Director of the Executive Management of International Cooperation at Qatar Charity. “We look forward to continuing our impactful work with UNHCR both in Bangladesh and beyond” he added.
This strategic partnership was recently announced by QFFD, QC and UNHCR to support the Rohingyas during an event organized within the framework of the Aid & Trade Conference and Exhibition held on 25-26 April in London, which brings together humanitarian actors from across the globe.