Posted on December 26, 2014

The Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) has launched a new welfare programme for  expatriate workers, mostly in the construction sector, said The Peninsula. Titled ‘Together for Benevolence’, the programme will benefit 23,000 road, construction and cleaning workers, QRC said yesterday. It is implemented in three phases. The first launched on December 15 includes distribution of meals to 10,000 workers. An equal number of workers will receive water and juice bottles in the second phase. Hygiene kits will be distributed to 3,000 workers in the final phase. 

The programme is funded by Chevron Phillips Chemical Company Qatar. The target workers were selected from major projects, including workers of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy at Khalifa International Stadium and Aspire Zone, Qatar Rail, in Old Heritage Town in Al Wakra, at Al Ahli Sports Club, in Al Thumama, Al Khor, Industrial Area, Al Dafna, Msheireb and constructions in Old Salata.A team of 25 to 35 QRC volunteers are working on the programme, which has been 40 percent complete. Phase One is in progress, while phases two and three will begin on the New Year and mid-January 2015, respectively. It will conclude by January-end.

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Najat Al Haidous, Head, QRC Volunteers Section, said, “The programme seeks to help poor workers. We go to them at their workplaces to give them small gifts and say thank you for all that you do for constructing modern edifices and buildings of the Qatari society. “This is the first version of the programme, and we hope to repeat and expand it in the near future.” She said Chevron Phillips is one of the leading contributors to QRC’s social projects.