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Posted On: 17 November 2019 09:37 am
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Qatar Charity showcases water projects at AidEx 2019

Sumaica Asad
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The State of Qatar, represented by Qatar Charity (QC) has participated in the 9th edition of the AidEx 2019, which was hosted by the Belgian capital Brussels on 14 and 15 November with participation of more than 2,500 people representing 130 humanitarian actors, such as UN agencies, the European Union, and international governmental and non-governmental organizations specialized in international humanitarian and development assistance.

The Qatar Charity delegation, headed by Yousuf bin Ahmed Al Kuwari, Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Charity, included Mohammed Al Ghamdi, Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Corporate Governance and Corporate Development in Qatar Charity, Faisal Al Fuhaida, Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Operations, Qatar Charity and International Partnerships, Ahmed Al Rumaihi, Head of International Partnerships- Qatar Charity .as well as H.E. Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Kingdom of Belgium Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al Khulaifi who attended the Forum.

Speaking at the opening of event , CEO Yousuf bin Ahmed Al Kuwari stressed that the Forum had become an important partner for Qatar Charity and would continue to support its role in bringing together humanitarian and development stakeholders involved in real pressing challenges.

He said that the theme of inclusiveness chosen by the Forum this year is one of the goals of sustainable development of the United Nations, and that the world has pledged not to exclude any of the segments of society, through the adoption of the Agenda 2030 and this is what Qatar Charity is doing as one of its goals to achieve.

Al-Kuwari added that we must change our approach to global change in order to make sure that one segment of society is not excluded, and that humanitarian assistance should start from the design to implementation.

He called for redoubled efforts at the policy-making level, and urged non-governmental organizations to begin designing their programs on the needs of disadvantaged and minority groups and to participate fully in the global advancement of these groups in all areas.

During its participation in the exhibition, Qatar Charity showcased its contribution to the global water and sanitation crisis through interactive screens, as well as the "hand pump", which requires a lot of physical effort, where millions of women, girls and boys still use it to pump water in most wells across Africa and Asia.

Through this challenge, Qatar Charity tries to publicize the importance of water and reflect the difficulty of accessing water in many communities, as well as an attempt to find support for water projects in an innovative way, and stresses their consideration of the inclusiveness of the beneficiaries of these projects.

Qatar Charity also organized a workshop on 'Comprehensive Water Projects for Women and Girls' at the AidEx 2019 , with participation of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).

The workshop addressed the possibility of achieving a comprehensive approach that takes into account the human dimension of water, sanitation and hygiene. Speakers reviewed relevant past experiences and projects linking water, sanitation and gender equality within their beneficiaries.

Mohammed Al-Ghamdi, Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Corporate Governance and Strategic Planning, said that Qatar Charity is always keen to design its programs according to the needs of the entire community of women, children, the elderly, people with special needs and the disabled. He said that women and girls are a key pillar in water management in developing countries, as women have a broader knowledge of water resources including location, water quality, storage and management methods, adding that Qatar Charity is currently engaging women in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation stages of its projects.

He noted that Qatar Charity had been able to implement more than 50,000 water projects during the past two decades. He pointed out that after each project, a local committee is set up to manage the project to ensure sustainability. Qatar Charity has also provided safe water and sanitation facilities to 6 million people between 2012 and 2017 in 44 countries, in addition, it has built wells in 12 schools in Pakistan, increasing student attendance by 89 percent, he said.

Source: Press Release