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Qatar labourers receive welfare from community

In solidarity with the labour force, volunteers throughout Qatar have been individually and in groups, handing out care packages to the workers at the construction sites

A handful of South Africans hand out water and cool drinks to workers coming off shift on one of Doha's construction sites.
A handful of South Africans hand out water and cool drinks to workers coming off shift on one of Doha's construction sites.

Members of Qatar’s local and expat community have shown empathy for the labourers, who toil under the sun on construction sites, in acts of kindness, both large and small.

Qatar resident Firos Thrayil, an electrical designer, leads a team of volunteers who hand out fruit, water, and juice to thousands of construction workers across the tiny Gulf state.

Coming from the industry and spending his first two years in the region on a building site in Dubai, Thrayil outlined to Doha News how he understands what it is like to struggle in a foreign country under a scorching sun.

“…I understand how much these men struggle and how they are feeling; I wanted to do something to help them,” he said.

The group Nanma Qatar spent the last two Saturdays handing out care packages to workers in Lusail and the Aspire Zone.

Small teams go around town up to 15 times a year to give out basic snack packs to about 10,000 workers and, after kicking off this month, plans are already underway to continue the good work next month.

There are also smaller ventures where concerned residents show support for the construction workforce.

A handful of South African volunteers gave of their time to serve iced drinks to workers who were finishing their shift on Saturday.

Organiser Brad Habana said: “We were showing appreciation and just saying thanks to the men who endure the extreme heat and the dust. Thanks to the families who made such a humbling experience and may we, as a community, continue to lead by example.”

So far, iftar tents for workers organised by charities and private individuals have also become a common sight during Ramadan, while other families set up stocked fridges that are free to use in need.

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