The fact that we are observing Ramadan differently this year shouldn’t affect the undeniable spirit of giving we see every year in the UAE, which naturally becomes more pronounced during the holy month.
To help with that many groups and organizations around the UAE have put together initiatives to help continue the chain of charitable acts while adhering to the physical distancing safety measures. Here are 5 initiatives designed to make Ramadan easier for the people who need it.
Care packages for our heroes
This Ramadan, many workers are risking their lives to keep our lives and businesses functioning, construction workers, cab drivers, healthcare professionals, delivery men, and people providing essential services. why not help create simple custom packages using old plastic bags or shoe boxes you have at home, and fill them with fresh toiletries, socks, and phone credit recharge cards to distribute to our heroes. Add packaged food, snacks, juices, and bottles of water, to these care packages, as well as a thank you note to appreciate the efforts of our heroes. You can opt to distribute these packages through charitable organizations such as Dar Al Bar Society or to workers nearby to your home – providing you are following physical distancing measures currently in place.
Donate an iftar meal
It is an important tradition for people to distribute Iftar meals to the less fortunate during Ramadan. This year, the 10 million meals campaign will help expand the rate of providing food assistance to less fortunate families and individuals. The campaign is set up under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, where donations can be made online, via SMS, via bank transfer, or as in-kind donations. Donations start at as little as 8 Dhs.
Use the power of social media
With people spending more time on their phones, social media has become an integral channel for personal efforts in charity too. We have seen Facebook groups dedicated to helping communities across the UAE and the region to get through these challenging times growing. One group that has been doing exceptionally well in providing a process that avoids scammers while donating and extend this holy month’s kindness through contactless donations is ‘Stop and Help’. This Facebook group helps you put a little bit of kindness into someone’s life by simply registering through form and getting assigned a family that was verified for really needing some extra kindness. You simply do an online shop from a grocery store of your choice and arrange with the supermarket to deliver direct to the family whose details you have been given.
Reach out to those financially affected by Covid-19
Abu Dhabi’s Ma’an charity’s “Together We Are Good” campaign aims at lending a helping hand to those who have been left unemployed or have had salary cuts because of the COVID-19 pandemic, including blue-collar workers who have finished their projects but have no financial means to go home. You can send an SMS to 6670 (AED 1000), 6678 (500 AED), 6683 (100 AED) and 6658 (50 AED). Transfers can also be made via First Abu Dhabi Bank using the IBAN: AE100351011003988349032.
Red Crescent Authority charity Ramadan campaigns
Whether as an individual or an organization you can make donations for different causes through the Red Crescent Authority Charity (RCA) runs its seasonal Ramadan charity campaign across the UAE. The e-donation service enables the benefactors to donate and contribute to the various donation. This source of charity is not only credible but can also be completely safe as all you have to go to their website and click the “Donate” button.