Summer Samaritans

June 21, 2014 - 5:20:09 am

With the sun beating down mercilessly during the long summer, some good Samaritans in Qatar are reaching out to workers toiling in the open.

Believing that those with deep pockets should also have a large heart, these kind-hearted individuals are providing food, water, clothes and household items to the workers. Others have launched campaigns on social media to create awareness and encourage others to help the less privileged.

Some others are also educating workers on precautions to be taken to safeguard their health during the harsh summer. These people are trying to do everything they can to help those working in tough climatic conditions.

Their efforts to help the disadvantaged are not the result of any directives from the government. They are driven by the belief that it is their social responsibility as residents or citizens of Qatar to support low-income workers.

“This is society taking responsibility for supporting people who are not as privileged as others. It is our collective responsibility,” said Khalifa Saleh Al Haroon, founder of ILoveQatar.net, a community-based website that creates awareness of initiatives to support low-income workers.

Like-minded people have formed small groups and are volunteering to help workers. Volunteers collect material such as beddings, towels, storage boxes, furniture, kitchen items, sunglasses, hats, umbrellas, sunshades, electrical items, bags and suitcases, clothes and shoes.

The staff of Reach Out to Asia has launched a campaign called ‘We Really Care’. They prepare hundreds of food packs that include water and fruits for construction workers and distribute them at different work sites.

The Kulluna national safety campaign is reaching people who work outdoors, especially at construction sites, to educate them on how they can avoid exposure to heat and heat-related illnesses. 

“We are asking people who work outdoors to take precautions for prevention of heat exhaustion, and how to identify it,” said Dr Khalid Saideldeen, chairman of the Kulluna campaign.

Some others who are not willing to go out but want to help the less privileged are using social media to create awareness about helping low-income workers. In the last few weeks, Facebook, Twitter and other social networking websites have seen many people from Qatar posting comments on the welfare of workers.

Though these good Samaritans may not be big in number, they believe that soon others will join them, convinced that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

 

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