The Warm Winter programme initiated last November aims to alleviate the suffering of the needy and displaced in the face of the cold winter. It involves distribution of 1,500 wood heaters, 10,500 blankets and 1,500 bags of winter clothes to 10,500 beneficiaries in the Badakhshan, Faryab, and Wardak provinces.
Badakhshan was the centre of the earthquake late last October, leaving behind many casualties, damage and deteriorated humanitarian conditions, especially in the hard-to-reach mountainous areas.
According to The Peninsula, QRCS distributed food and nonfood aid to the families (9,323 people) from 24 towns in Jurm and Yamgan districts in Badakhshan. Each family received a 72kg package containing rice, vegetable oil, sugar, beans and tea as well as four blankets, kitchenware and a bag of winter clothes.
The purchase of items from the local market, quality check and surveys of beneficiaries were done in coordination with the Afghan Red Crescent Society.
Badakhshan Governor met the QRCS team and awarded them a certificate of appreciation in recognition of QRCS’s relief efforts in the province. The meeting was attended by a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Distribution is expected to begin in Faryab and Wardak within two weeks. Relief items are being purchased from Kabul and will be sent to the target areas.
QRCS was the first international humanitarian organisation to reach out to Badakhshan and northern provinces to provide relief following the earthquake.
Thousands of homeless families are suffering severe conditions amid below-zero temperatures in northern regions, heavy snowing in cities and blocked roads in mountains.