A young boy in Syria holding a warm blanket.
Internally displaced Syrians in Tal Refaat, rural Aleppo, collect vital aid supplies from UNHCR working on the ground with local partners. © UNHCR/Antwan Chnkdji  

| Qatar flag Qatar Making a difference, together.

Qatar’s strong partnership with UNHCR continues to show significant and steady growth year after year.

Qatar’s strong partnership with UNHCR continues to show significant and steady growth. Through financial contributions and engagement, Qatar provides vital support, both for emergency programming and in ensuring UNHCR can provide essential services and meet the needs of displaced people. Qatar’s multi-year and unearmarked contribution of $16 million during 2019 and 2020 provided UNHCR with a predictable and flexible source of funding, enabling UNHCR to support those in greatest need and to kick-start emergency responses.

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With a focus on education, shelter, health, livelihoods, and cash assistance, Qatar enables continued humanitarian response worldwide, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and Asia and the Pacific regions. UNHCR has a long-standing strategic relationship with the State of Qatar and its entities, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Culture and Sports, Ministry of Justice, National Human Rights Committee, Regulatory Authority for Charitable Activities, Qatar Fund for Development, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Sheikh Thani Bin Abdullah Bin Thani Al-Thani Humanitarian Fund, Qatar Charity, Education Above All Foundation, Silatech, Eid Charity, Qatar Red Crescent and Qatar Airways.

Margaret plays football with her friends and classmates in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya.

Margaret (15) is a student at Bhar-El-Naam Girls Primary School in Kakuma refugee camp. Her family was forced to flee their home in South Sudan when she was young. Today, when she is not studying, she plays goalkeeper on an all-girls football team.

Margaret and her fellow students at the school are supported by UNHCR and its partner, Education Above All (EAA) through the Educate a Child (EAC) programme. Qatar's generous support to EAC in Kenya enables critical access to education.

Margaret Monday Dominic, 15, as a goalkeeper on an all-girls football team. She is a student at Bhar-El-Naam Girls Primary School in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya.
Margaret Monday Dominic, 15, is a student at Bhar-El-Naam Girls Primary School in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya. © UNHCR/Hannah Maule-ffinch  

During the coronavirus lockdown, fourteen-year-old Syrian refugee Sidra helps her brother and neighbor's children study – now she dreams of being a teacher.

For refugees like Sidra, life in Zaatari Camp, close to Jordan's northern border with the Syrian Arab Republic, is difficult. Zaatari is home to more than 75,000 Syrian refugees, many of whom have reduced access to health services, sanitation, food and support. They are at increased risk of COVID-19. Ongoing support from partners like Qatar ensures UNHCR remains on the ground supporting refugee communities in and out of camps in Jordan.

A teenager, who is passionate about education and wants to be a teacher when she grows up, helps her brother and neighbours' children study while they’ve been on lockdown.
A teenager, who is passionate about education and wants to be a teacher when she grows up, helps her brother and neighbours' children study while they’ve been on lockdown. © UNHCR/Shawkat Alharfosh  

COVID-19 precautions during food and soap distribution in South Sudan.

Sudanese refugees observe physical distancing while listening to health and sanitation messages over a speaker system at Ajuong Thok Camp in South Sudan.

As an under-funded operation, South Sudan relied heavily on unearmarked funding allocations in 2020. Unearmarked funding from partners like Qatar ensured our work could continue protecting refugees and internally displaced people from the threat of coronavirus. 

Sudanese refugees observe physical distancing while listening to health and sanitation messages over a speaker system at Ajuong Thok camp in South Sudan.
Sudanese refugees observe physical distancing while listening to health and sanitation messages over a speaker system at Ajuong Thok camp in South Sudan. © UNHCR/Elizabeth Marie Stuart  

Young Afghan refugees gather to read a book in Pakistan.

Thanks to Qatar's multi-year support to the EAC programme in Pakistan, students can continue their education.

Khalil, in a white hat, a third grade student in an Afghan refugee school in Pakistan reading a story from his book to Mehmood (in Black Dress) who is out of school.
Khalil, in a white hat, a third grade student in an Afghan refugee school in Pakistan reading a story from his book to Mehmood (in Black Dress) who is out of school. © UNHCR/Muhammad Rahim Mirza  
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