Ways to give during Ramadan

Published June 6th, 2016 - 09:42 GMT
Most of Dubai’s shopping malls will be home to large collection boxes so people are able to drop off items they want to donate. (File photo)
Most of Dubai’s shopping malls will be home to large collection boxes so people are able to drop off items they want to donate. (File photo)

Ramadan is a time for reflection and self-improvement. It is that time of the year where you are encouraged to do more charity in order to really make a difference in someone's life.

Charity is an essential element of the Islamic religion, and what better time than now to help those who are less fortunate and those who do not have the luxuries that we do in life. Here are eight ways to make a difference. Whether they are small changes or more significant donations, this is your guide to being charitable this Ramadan.

1. Donate to the Red Crescent Society

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies was launched in the UAE in 1983 and runs humanitarian aid programs around the world. Help change a life of someone suffering and affected by the wars. Visit rcuae.ae or call 800 733.

2. Build a Perfect Shoe Box Care Package

Most labor workers in the UAE live away from their families for several months at a time and don’t have access to many of the basic needs that we take for granted. Create several small (shoebox sized) care packages for them. Fill the care package with fresh toiletries, socks, phone credit recharge cards, dates, snacks and bottles of fresh clean water and keep a bunch of them handy, so whenever you leave your house and come across anyone on the side of the road pull over and have one handy. It will make their day.

3. Take part in the Sameness Project and distribute water

The Sameness Project is a great cause that helps to bridge the gap between us and those less fortunate in the country. One of their important initiatives is Water for Workers, where you can volunteer to distribute water bottles to labourers during the summer, and boy will it be a hot summer this Ramadan. Join them on their next trip to the labor camps! Visit thesamenessproject.com

4. Clear out your closets and clothe the less fortunate.

It’s as simple as going to the mall! Most of Dubai’s shopping malls will be home to large collection boxes so people are able to drop off items they want to donate. Clothes, eyeglasses, books, blankets and gadgets you no longer use. These collection boxes are provided by the Dubai Cares foundation, which are placed all over shopping malls during Ramadan. The goods are collected regularly and distributed to people who need them the most! Visit dubaicares.ae/en

5.The one-stop shop for volunteering in the UAE

‘Volunteer In UAE’ is a not-for-profit organisation that works with several charities across the country to connect them with volunteers. It is a very simple way to choose from a variety of charities that are close to your heart this Ramadan and let the organization connect you to the right people. To find out more, visit volunteerinuae.com  Email contact@volunteerinuae.com

6. Save your leftovers

Dubai Municipality has launched an amazing campaign to collect leftover food and distribute it to poor and needy families during Ramadan. Combat food waste yourself by packing up leftover foods. Feed someone this Ramadan by calling the Food Control Department of Dubai Municipality, who will then come and pick up the leftover food, and distribute it to families and individuals in need. The transfer and packaging of food will be done in the safest and healthiest way possible with special vans to keep the food refrigerated. To find out more, visit dm.gov.ae

7.  Be charitable while you jet set

You can help a person in need, even as you travel hundreds of miles an hour. The Emirates Airlines foundation provides children all over the world with access to clean food, medicine, housing and education. Help a child in need both on the plane and off. Visitemiratesairlinefoundation.org or email ekfoundation@emirates.com

8. Help improve the life of a labourer

A charity known as Adopt-A-Camp is a pretty well established organisation that reaches out to the labour camps in the UAE. So far Adopt-A-Camp regularly helps out 53 labour camps. That means that over 50,000 men’s lives are being made just a little bit easier. Get involved by donating groceries, toiletries, telephone cards or organise a collection. The cool thing is that the Adopt-A-Camp team are very open to hearing about the different ways you can help. Know more about them here.

By Yousra Zaki

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