Thousands of construction workers in Bahrain tussle the gruelling heat every day. In line with this, Bahrain has issued the annual ban, prohibiting outdoor work from midday until 4 pm during July and August months which aims to safeguard workers’ health, ensure their safety against heat exhaustion and sunstroke as well as prevent summer-related diseases.

Bringing a form of comfort and relief, the Indian Community Relief Fund (ICRF), has started its usual summer special program of ICRF Thirst-Quenchers - distributing bottled water and fruits to workers.

“The basic purpose of such activity is to teach workers on the importance of drinking water and encourage them on how to be healthy during the summer. This is the 5th year of ICRF Thirst Quenchers distribution of water and bananas” stated ICRF.

ICRF Thirst-Quenchers intends to continue this weekly event for the next 8 to 10 weeks in various worksites as they are one of the most affected, toiling under the summer heat. The first of the series was held yesterday at Charilaos Apostolides (Bahrain) WLL (CHAPO) worksite in Budaiya, supporting around 200 workers.

Additionally, ICRF volunteers have distributed facemasks and anti-bacterial soaps, along with flyers that explain the measures that can be followed to stay safe during COVID-19.

ICRF Thirst Quenchers Convenor Sudheer Thirunilath, ICRF Volunteers Suresh Kumar, Muralikrishnan, Sunil Kumar, and Nisha Rangarajan were present yesterday.

Last year, the 10-week series saw more than 2,150 workers being provided with water and fruits by ICRF Thirst Quenchers. This initiative is part of ICRF’s efforts to support the Ministry of Labour and Social Development’s campaign to keep workers hydrated and safe during the peak summer months.