Qatar Charity and UNHCR extend a lifeline to 30,000 Syrian refugee families
Qatar Charity, a Doha-based non-profit, will be donating over $10 Million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Zakat Initiative to support more than 30,000 Syrian refugees residing in Jordan and Lebanon. The agreement between Sheikh Hamad Bin Nasser Al Thani, Chairman of Qatar Charity and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi took place at the UNHCR headquarters.
The UNHCR is an agency established to “protect and assist refugees everywhere”, and provides mechanisms for charitable giving that are fully in line with Islamic principles on social financing. Muslims across the world trust the UNHCR to provide assistance to refugees and give to the agency to meet their Islamic charitable duties and fulfill Zakat obligations. Additionally, one hundred percent of the zakat contributions to UNHCR will be given to those in need.
Qatar Charity’s collaboration with the UNHCR was praised by the High Commissioner, who applauded Qatar’s contributions stating, “Qatar Charity’s donation to the UNHCR Zakat Initiative is ground-breaking. The generosity of tens of thousands of people in donating their zakat contributions to refugees in need is an exemplary act of solidarity”. The donation by Qatar charity comes at a time when “funding is not keeping up with needs.” Qatar Charity’s contribution to the program will improve the lives of those most in need.