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Posted On: 1 July 2020 09:50 am

Qatar Charity signs $30 million MoU with Indonesian government

Sumaica Asad
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Qatar Charity (QC) has signed, through its office in Indonesia a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indonesian government represented by the Ministry of Religious Affairs for the next three years, with the aim of implementing projects in 5 vital sectors of various development fields, with a total value estimated at $30 million.

The current Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) comes as a continuation of the first agreement signed with the Indonesian government in 2006, and is expected to benefit from the projects to be implemented in 27 cities in 8 Indonesian provinces.

The vital sectors include various development areas, namely education, culture, sponsorships and social welfare sector, as well as seasonal projects such as Iftar Al-Saem, Zakat Al-Fitr and Al-Adhahi.

It also covers the infrastructure sector for education, and includes building multi-service education centers, in addition to the water and sanitation sector, and the sector of developing productive skills for most needy groups, which includes income-generating projects, in addition to the natural disaster relief sector that provides food and non-food aid , as well as shelter and housing.

On this occasion, H.E. Indonesian Minister of Religious Affairs Fakhr Al-Razi, expressed in a speech his pleasure with the signing of this agreement and extended his thanks and gratitude to the Qatari people and Qatar Charity for their standing with the Indonesian people, which extended for a long period of 14 years, stressing the continuation of the Ministry's cooperation with Qatar Charity for the next three years in implementing development projects to achieve the sustainable development goals until 2030.

For her part, H.E. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Qatar to the Republic of Indonesia Fawzia bint Idris Salman Al-Sulaiti said that the framework agreement was an affirmation of the existing strategic partnership and the important role that Qatar Charity plays in the field of humanitarian work.

Her Excellency reviewed the strong relations between the two countries, expressing her thanks and appreciation to the government of the Republic of Indonesia for all the facilities it provides to Qatar Charity.

For his part, Karam Zeinhom , Director of the Qatar Charity Office in Indonesia, said that this agreement is the largest for Qatar Charity in Indonesia, adding that all Qatar Charity activities and projects have been planned with the relevant government departments to reach the most needy.

He noted that Qatar Charity started work in Indonesia after the Aceh tsunami in 2005, under a special permission in emergency situation where the first housing complex (Al Rayyan) was built, benefiting 170 families, most of whom were affected by the tsunami.

Qatar Charity implemented nearly 2000 projects within the framework of the previous agreement with the Indonesian government at an estimated cost of about $18 million, then work progressed to the implementation of hundreds of projects annually until it reached at the end of 2018 to nearly 10,000 projects including water projects, in addition to the projects of mosques, schools and homes, construction of 120 homes in 2018 after the Garut flood.

Qatar Charity, in cooperation with the Ministry of Religious Affairs, last month distributed aid to combat the coronavirus, which included food and non-food items that benefited 15,837 families who lost their jobs due to the pandemic.

Source: PRL
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