We live in a country where the summers are pretty intense. Oman has already recorded temperatures of up to 47.5°C for the year 2015 and summer is only just getting started. We still have a scorching June, July and August to go. While I sit here in an air-conditioned room writing this blog post and working as a lot of us do, there are a whole bunch of people who have no choice but to work in the heat, sometimes in direct sunlight. The government of Oman has already ordered a work stoppage between 12:30pm and 3:30pm for the months of June to August. But as reported in the local papers, even though there is a work stoppage, those working on site are not transported back to their accommodation and are left to seek shelter wherever they can.
Fortunately, there are people who do care. The i-Care Initiative, brainchild of Shorooq Abu Nasser aims to raise awareness about these blue collar workers who suffer through the heat and poor resting conditions while they help build the country. Most of these workers are expatriates living away from their families and sometimes just in need of a reminder that there are people out there who care and that what they are doing actually matters.
The i-Care Initiative regularly organizes a water distribution drive where volunteers get together armed with cool boxes and cold bottles of water. They scour the areas around Muscat offering cold bottles of water to the workers in the heat and are usually rewarded with broad thankful smiles in return. They will have another water distribution event in June, the 15th of it’s kind. If you’d like to volunteer put smiles on faces and raise awareness, join them and make a difference.
Register Online at www.icareoman.org
Map to the Oman Automobile Association