Qatar Charity’s CEO at Aidex 2021: We will collaborate with partners to heal from Covid-19’s impacts
Qatar Charity (QC) participated in the Aidex global forum, which is the largest annual event in the world in the field of international and development aid. During his speech at the opening session of the forum that has been attended byhis Excellency Mr. Khalid bin Fahd Al-Hajri the Ambassador of the State of Qatar in the Kingdom of Belgium and Dr. Mohamed Salah, the Director of International Cooperation at the Regulatory Authority for Charitable Activities, Mr. Yousef bin Ahmed al-Kuwari, CEO of Qatar Charity, talked about the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the entire word. “Inequalities are going to be worse than ever, with the rich being able to have access to life-saving health services during the pandemic, while the poor could not afford vaccines to save their lives.” said the CEO of Qatar Charity. “Now, we can slowly begin to heal and to achieve justice, social equality and solidarity,” Stressed Mr. Yousef bin Ahmed al-Kuwari indicating that Qatar Charity spent 500 million dollars last year in over 60 countries, reaching out to 14 million beneficiaries. He also added, “We contributed to saving and changing lives.. We worked with partners to catch up with the growing humanitarian needs and we worked to build resilience and hope. Today, we extend this suggestion to all of you present here, organizations and entities from all sectors, and missions participating in this forum to reach out to millions more, and to start to heal from a painful period of our history.”3D display technologyQatar Charity, on the sidelines of the event, demonstrated the impact of its humanitarian and developmental activities in 2020, using a 3D display technology at its stand at the Aidex exhibition. The stand has received a large number of visitors attending the event. Supporting displaced Afghans Qatar Charity also ran a panel discussion titled ‘Humanitarian Aid in Afghanistan: New Difficulties and Challenges’ to discuss the difficulties that international organizations are currently facing in Afghanistan, and ways to deliver humanitarian aid, especially in light of changes in security and logistical conditions. The panel discussion was an opportunity to improve the importance of the urgent and sustained support needed for the Afghan people and to prevent a major humanitarian crisis.Mr. Nawaf al-Hammadi, the CEO’s assistant for the International Operations and Partnerships sector, represented Qatar Charity in the panel discussion. Other participants are Mr. Geert Cappelaere, Unicef representative in the European Union Institutions and director of the Unicef Partnership Office; Ms. Yasmine Rockenfeller, president of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for Global Issues in the European Union; Mr. Philippe Ribeard, representative of Médecins Sans Frontières Afghanistan; and Mr. Syahrir Azfar bin Saleh, chief of operations for Global Peace MissionMalaysia.Speaking about Qatar Charity’s role in Afghanistan, Mr. Al-Hammadi said that Qatar Charity was among the few organizations that managed to deliver aid directly to Afghanistan. He indicated that more than 180 tons of basic relief items were delivered by air to internally displaced Afghans before winter season. Mr. Al Hammadi mentioned the obstacles and difficulties that Qatar Charity faced in providing the necessary aid in Afghanistan, emphasizing the need to continue working to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan. Other participants also voiced the need for concerted efforts to prevent the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, especially in winter season, and the necessary solutions to protect the displaced people, in addition to the need of supporting the country’s education sector, especially girls' education.