Doha: QRCS’s (Qatar Red Crescent Society) Iraqi representation office is implementing a winterization project in Iraqi Kurdistan, benefiting 8,625 people.
Part of the Warm Winter 2021-22 programme, the project is valued at $100,760 (QR 367,774) and is titled “Home Feels Warm.” Displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees, as well as those who have returned to their homelands, are the primary beneficiaries of the project, which aims to provide them with basic necessities such as shelter, health treatment and food. Iraqi Kurdistan will receive aid for 3,455 displaced Iraqi students and 1,000 sick children from the Raparin Hospital.
This will also support 500 displaced Iraqi families and the local host community. Food boxes are delivered to displaced Iraqis in the camps of Behirke and Al Jada 1 as part of the project.
Families affected by the flooding in the Qushtapa Syrian refugee camp outside of Erbil received blankets; the Raparin Hospital received medication to treat children with chest, common cold, or COVID-19 infections; displaced schoolchildren received face masks; and 200 oil heaters were distributed to schools in the governorates of Erbil, Dohuk, and Sulaymaniyah. The Erbil branch of the Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) provides white flour to the bakery in Behirke to make bread for displaced Iraqis.
So far, 500 food parcels and 500 blankets have been distributed, with medications being provided to the Raparin Hospital to treat 1,000 children with respiratory illnesses brought on by the dreadful weather, masks being provided to six schools for a total of 3,455 displaced Iraqis, and the automated bakery at Behirke receiving four tonnes of white flour to operate it and produce bread for the displaced (2,500 loaves of bread per day).