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Helping Stranded Migrant Workers

Hosted by the Consul of the Doha Changemakers Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Fri 26 Oct 08:00 - 11:00

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This is a follow up activity to the Emergency Food Drive that we did early this year in March. At the time, 1,100 workers were stranded, not having been paid for months, when their employer went into financial difficulties.

Since then, it has been a long hard slog, working with various agencies and the authorities to bring some closure to their dire predicaments. Some progress has been made and the current situation is as follow:

- Around Protected content have been repatriated ( without pay )
- Protected content have been transferred to new sponsorships
- Protected content remain in two camps in the industrial area
- The workers are still owed salaries, holiday and other pay. On-going effort is being made by various agencies involved with a view to providing the workers with some compensation.

It is hard to tell how much longer it will take before final settlement is reached. These workers have been without pay for at least 10 months. Although they are surviving ( and just barely ), with water, fuel and other basic food supplies being provided by one of the local charities, their families back home suffer far worse as they are totally dependent on these workers to send money home.

Money is really what they need but as we all know, we cannot collect any on their behalf. If you can call on any "wasta" to make things happen quicker, please let me know.

Otherwise, I would like to help at least make life a little more comfortable for the remaining Protected content .

Here is their wishlist:

- Laundry powder
- Toothpaste, toothbrushes and shower gel/soap
- Tea
- Fresh vegetables. Cauliflowers, okras, potatoes, green chillies, garlic, ginger and onions have been specifically requested.
- Salt
- Plastic bags for individual portions of the above

I hope to collect as many of these items on their wishlist as we can. For very good reasons, everything collected will have to be sorted, divided and bagged so each worker will receive equal quantities of similar items.

Let me know if you can help with the following tasks:

1. Storage/collection points
2. Sorting and bagging
3. Transport and distribution on the day.

Items can be dropped off between Saturday 20th October to Wednesday 24th October to the following location:

- Reception, Tower 30, Porto Arabia, the Pearl
- From 7pm Saturday 20 October to 9pm Monday 22 October ONLY in Al Messila, Ibn Nubata Street, building 32. Contact Nur on Protected content .

Please mark your donations clearly with your name, items and quantity. You can also whatsapp or message me the information.