In the aftermath of the disastrous Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and a tropical cyclone that devastated northern Somalia last week, Qatar is holding a range of fundraisers on Tuesday, Nov. 19 to help survivors.
The solidarity day, which has the backing of the country’s Emir, aims to help alleviate the suffering of those affected by the natural disasters, Qatar Red Crescent Society Chairman Dr. Mohammed bin Ghanim al Ali al Maadid said, as quoted by the Qatar Tribune. He continued:
“Driven by a long history of supporting vulnerable people everywhere regardless of their religion, race (and) color, we aim to relieve the victims by raising money and donations in kind. We also wish to pay tribe to our Filipino and Somali brothers and sisters who continue contributing to our development process and renaissance.”
In a statement released Monday evening, QRC, which recently launched an appeal toraise $2 million for the Philippines, said that as part of the solidarity day, fundraising activities would be held in schools, offices and public places, including at:
- Hamad Medical Center at noon;
- Villaggio Mall for the Filipino community at 4pm; and
- Landmark Mall For the Somali Community at 4pm.
A live television program will also be broadcast in English and Arabic on Tuesday, on the following channels: Al- Jazeera Mubasher, Qatar TV, Al Rayyan TV, Qatar Radio, Sout Al Khaleej Radio and Qatar Quran Radio.
Typhoon Haiyan (termed Yolanda domestically), which struck the central islands of the Philippines last weekend, has killed nearly 4,000 people at latest count. Another 1,600 people have been reported missing.
In Somalia, a cyclone in the northern region of Puntland has prompted a state of emergency after killing at least 300 people, with hundreds more missing. Aid agencies have been having trouble reaching those in need because flood-hit routes have become inaccessible, Al Jazeera English reports.
How to help
According to QRC, residents should also be able to donate to relief efforts through SMS and bank transfers. We’ll post updates on how to do that when the information becomes available tomorrow.
Meanwhile, the Philippines Embassy in Doha has been working with umbrella groups tocollect financial and in-kind donations.