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QRCS Offers Ramadan Iftar Meals Worth US$20Mln For Thousands In Arab Countries

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DOHA: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is pursuing its Ramadan Iftar programme in 13 countries, at a total cost of QR7,839,000 (about US$2.1 million), distributing Ramadan Iftar meals and food packages to poor families in Syria, Iraq, and Sudan, reports Qatar News Agency (QNA).

In Syria, QRCS and Social Development International (SDI), have implemented a Ramadan Iftar project in Rif Dimashq, distributing 2,000 meals per day in four districts, QRCS said in a press release.

Other QRCS projects included running a number of catering hubs, creating jobs, and purchasing all materials from the local market.

The meal distribution also covered the northern Damascus countryside, where 1,500 meals are distributed every day in three districts, in addition to 390 meals per day in Wadi Barada.

So far, a total of 126,689 meals have been distributed in southern Damascus, western and eastern Ghouta, Idlib, and Aleppo, with 3,399 meals delivered to 6,798 beneficiaries per day.

In coordination with the Iraqi Red Crescent Society, QRCS personnel in Iraq are distributing food aid in Al-Anbar and Nineveh Governorates, Iraqi Kurdistan, to alleviate the suffering of displaced families.

More than 4,000 food packages are distributed in eight districts of Erbil Governorate.

In Sudan, QRCS has distributed food packages in Al-Jazirah State, in cooperation with the Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS), government authorities, and community leaders.

Following a survey, 500 families were selected for the meals, including displaced families and nomads affected by the rainfall and floods.

A special focus was given to families with female breadwinners, elderly people, and people with special needs.

The overall cost of these distributions amounted to US$52,000. Each package contains 42 kg of food staples like sugar, flour, tea, dates, lentils, vegetable oil, and Roselle. — BERNAMA

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