Al-Nimah: we shall spare no effort to support our Syrian brothers in Turkey and Lebanon
Mr. Abdullah Bin Hussein Al-Nimah, Vice-Chairman of Qatar Charity's Board of Directors, stressed that Qatar Charity will spare no effort in supporting the Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Turkey. He said it was already working with Turkish organizations and charities to deliver a relief programme that includes food provision and other forms of support for families sheltering in Turkish villages.
During an inspection visit to the Syrian refugees on the Turkish-Syrian border, Mr. Al-Nimah told the “Al-Sharq” newspaper, that Qatar Charity will send a delegate to Turkish associations and charitable organizations to co-ordinate the delivery of refugee support and assistance, , especially for those who sheltering with Turkish families rather than simply those in the Turkish Red Crescent camps.
Mr. Al-Nimah also met with the Mayor of Joache village who said that this village was hosting more than 60 refugee families, mostly from Jisr A’Shoghoor. . Mr. Al-Nimah, the Mayor and NGO officials discussed the immediate needs of refugee families, especially the needs of children and women.
The Mayor thanked Mr. Al-Nimah and the Qatar Charity delegation. The Mayor of Joache said that the village was doing everything possible to provide shelter, food, and mattresses for the displaced Syrian families. For more than 60 days, local villages had focused on meeting the needs of the refugees in their areas and on the border. He added that many families were still waiting to cross the border from Syria to Turkey.
Mr. Al-Nimah also met with Mayor of Nishreen village, where more than 50 Syrian families from the village of Khirbet Al Goaz took refuge. They also discussed the delivery of aid to Syrian displaced families in the region. The Mayor praised Qatar Charity's support for the Syrian refugees in Turkey and Lebanon. He said that the delegation's visit to his village was the first by a non-Turkish charity. He said that hundreds of Syrian families preferred to stay with Turkish families rather than go to the Turkish Red Crescent, especially those with Turkish relatives. He said that there might be 5,000 Syrian refugees, mostly women and children, outside the camps.
Mr. Al-Nimah talked with some of these refugee families about their immediate needs. They said those were food, mattresses and blankets, given that Turkish families have suitable homes, but could not afford the cost of hosting them.
Qatar Charity has allocated more than half a million Riyals as a first payment for this relief campaign for Syrian families in Turkey. It will launch a fundraising campaign to provide further support to the Syrian refugees in Turkey. A delegate from the charity will visit Turkey to coordinate aid delivery with officials from Turkish charitable organizations and villagers who are hosting Syrian families.
Recently, Qatar Charity sent emergency relief aid to Syrian refugees in the North Lebanese-Syrian border areas in cooperation with three Lebanese charities; namely the Islamic Guidance and Reform Charitable Organization, Al-Thiqah Society for Charitable Social Work and Zakat House. Qatar Charity allocated an initial 400,000 Riyals for this purpose.