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Qatar to Donate Tents to Refugees as World Cup Legacy

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Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and the Education Above All (EAA) Foundation of Qatar stated that World Cup fan tents will be donated for refugees and internally displaced people in Syria, Turkey, and Yemen.

The International Organization of Migration (IOM) and the Qatar Red Crescent will receive 27 tents built by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) to support and assist displaced populations as part of Qatar’s efforts to ensure the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 has a profound effect, beyond the game.

The co-founder and chairperson of the Qatar Foundation, Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, a wife of the former emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, said on Saturday that “This tent will be taken apart and sent to a war-torn country to be used as a classroom for displaced children.”

The announcement was reportedly made inside a ZHA-EAA lookalike tent during the FIFA Fan Festival in Doha on Saturday, December 17.

The donated tents, it has been said, are perfect for displaced people since they allow for natural light, and are durable, weatherproof, modular structures that are easily moved and disassembled.

Hundreds of displaced children from Pakistan and Syria are presently studying in three ZHA-EAA tents in Pakistan and Turkey, respectively, while the newly donated tents will serve as temporary homes, clinics, and schools for Syrian, Turkish, and Yemeni populations that have been forced to flee their homes.

According to The Peninsula of Qatar, International Organization for Migration (IOM) will receive 15 tents, of which 10 will be used as schools and 5 as clinics in Yemen and Turkey. The Qatar Red Crescent will send 12 tents to Syria where they will be used as shelters for the country’s displaced populations.

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