The ‘Let’s Celebrate Eid Together’ initiative has reflected Qatar government's keenness towards ensuring the welfare of its expatriate communities during the tough time of the Covid-19. Helping them celebrate Eid al-Fitr at home and conveying the message of staying together, a total of 50,000 food kits were distributed to the community members.
Jointly initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), the Ministry of Interior (MoI), the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MDLSA), Qatar Charity and Ooredoo, ‘Let’s Celebrate Eid Together' has come as another step that strengthens the bond between Qatar and members of India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Philippines, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Gambia, Nigeria, Tunisia, Ghana and Kenya. The 50000 food kits were distributed within 3 days prior to Eid Al Fitr.
Individuals who belong to 17 nationalities are given the food kits. The kits were delivered to the community organisations which distribute them among the deserved persons in coordination with the embassies. The food kits were arranged by Qatar Charity.
Conveying the message of Eid al-Fitr, a total of 50000 Eid greeting cards were distributed among the community members. These are in addition to the 4,350 toys for children, 2,279 gifts and 20,00 recharge cards from Ooredoo for workers.
Ministries of Interior and Labour have made use of the occasion to raise awareness against Covid-19 and the kits include awareness brochures in 11 languages, especially of Asian communities residing in Qatar. A total of 25,000 Stay at Home stickers were also part of the kits.
A total of 40 organizations joined hands with MoI and Ministry of Labour, received food kits and distributed them to the persons in need.
The main community organizations benefitted from this project include Tunisian Community in Qatar (1000 kits), the Bangladeshi Community- Qatar (7050 kits), the Indian Community Benevolent Forum (2000 kits), the Indian Cultural Centre (1500 kits), the Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre (2950 kits) and the Cultural Forum (500 food baskets), the Nigerian Community (1000 kits), the Indonesian Community (500 kits), the Indian Community Center (1,300 food baskets), the Pakistani Community (4,500 food baskets), the Pakistani Women's Association- Qatar (400 kits), the Afghan community (500 food baskets), the Helping Hands Association- Al Khor (600 kits), the Filipino Community in Qatar (9,000 kits), the Nepalese Community (5,000 kits), the Thrissur Dt. Souhruda Vedi (1,000 food kits), the Kerala Cultural Center (1100 kits), the Sri Lankan Community Development Forum (2100 kits), Ugandan community (700 kits), the Sri Lankan Coordination Committee (1500 kits) and the Kenyan community in Qatar (1000 kits).
The MoI in cooperation with Ministry of Labour set up separate google registration links for each community and community organisations. These are in addition to a general registration form by the MoI in order to reach the benefit for those who are not associated with any community organizations. The authorities have taken steps to ensure that deserved persons in each community receive the aid. And the kits were distributed through the community organisations that delivered to those who completed registration. These organizations deputed volunteers who approached the beneficiaries at their doorsteps.
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