Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) has recently launched a new welfare programme called to support the expatriate workers in Qatar, with funding from Chevron Phillips Chemical Company Qatar LLC.
It is an achievement of QRC volunteers, who do social work anonymously for all segments of the Qatari society. Under the slogan of ‘Together for Benevolence,’ the programme targets 23,000 expatriates in Qatar, particularly road, construction, and cleaning workers. It has three phases: (1) distribution of meals to 10,000 workers, (2) distribution of water and juice bottles to 10,000 workers, and (3) distribution of hygiene kits to 3,000 workers.
Head of QRC Volunteers Section, Najat Al Haidous, said:
This programme seeks to help the poor expatriate workers. We go to them at their workplaces to give them small gifts and say thank you for all that you do for constructing the 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.’
The cooperation with Chevron Phillips is not new, as it is one of the leading contributors to QRC’s social projects. This, Al Haidous explained, reflects the company’s trust in QRC’s charitable and humanitarian mission, and its belief in the values of corporate social responsibility (CPR) and social partnership.
The target workers were selected from a number of major projects in Qatar, including workers of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy at Khalifa International Stadium and Aspire Zone, Qatar Rail, and the Old Heritage Town in Al Wakra, as well as Al Ahli Sports Club, Al Thumama, Al Khor, the Industrial Area, Al Dafna, Msheireb, and QRC-surrounding constructions in Old Salata.
A huge tem of 25-35 QRC volunteers work on the programme, which has been 40% complete. Phase One began on 15 December 2014, while Phases Two and Three are set to begin on the new year’s day and mid-January 2015, respectively. It will conclude by the end of January.
Established in 1978, QRC is a humanitarian charitable organisation that aims to assist and empower vulnerable individuals and communities without partiality or discrimination. QRC is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which consists of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) in Geneva, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and 189 national societies. QRC is also a member of several Gulf, Arab, and Islamic assemblies, such as: the Islamic Committee of International Crescent and the Secretariat-General of the Arab Organization of Red Crescent and Red Cross. QRC has access to disaster and conflict zones, thus serving as an auxiliary to the State of Qatar in its humanitarian efforts, a role that distinguishes it from other local charitable or philanthropic organisations.