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Summer Aid Drive: Labourers will be provided hats, drinks

Bahrain News
Wed, 16 May 2018
By Razan AlKhair
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AN initiative to supply labourers with hats and drinks during the hot summer months is being orchestrated by a long-time Bahrain resident.

Nalini Varma, from India, is spearheading campaigns dubbed Cover My Head and Quench My Thirst.

The 54-year-old is also appealing for plane passengers to donate toiletry kits handed out by airlines, which will also be given to low-paid workers.

“This is my own initiative that I started to help those who earn basic salaries and do intensive labour, especially in the summer months,” the mother-of-two told the GDN.

“My heart goes out to them all, as they work so hard and receive basic salaries as well as little to no support from organisations or charities.

“It’s rooted in me from my religion and background to help others and that’s why I save money for this cause, to purchase the juices and other things.”

She said she had been handing out relief packs to labourers for the past two decades, sometimes accompanied by her daughter and also alone.

In summer it’s usually in the afternoons when the temperature is at its peak, handing out drinks to those toiling outdoors in Bahrain’s sweltering weather.

However, she said it was a year-round calling and in the winter she distributes warm clothes.

This summer she has sought to raise awareness through social media – adding the response had been positive.

“So far a lot of people have been contacting me since I announced my campaign,” she said.

“This is the first time I’ve asked for help and I hope I’ll be receiving more donations of hats and plane kits.

“I try to do as much as I can when I can, but with support from the community more lives will be touched and it doesn’t have to cost anyone anything.

“Used caps, new caps or money to buy them could be donated to cover more heads and help more people.”

Ms Varma said her summer campaign would begin in mid-June and was expected to end in August.

To support the initiative e-mail arunalini@gmail.com.

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