Good Causes to Be a Part of this Ramadan in the UAE

05 Jul 2013
By Ahlanlive.com

Throughout the Muslim world, Ramadan is a time of giving alms; embrace it and join the UAE's volunteers

Adopt-a-Camp Special Care Packages
The awe-inspiring and inexhaustible Adopt-a-Camp is planning its biggest charity event yet. This year they hope to purchase, produce and distribute 5,000 care packages to Dubai’s hardworking labourers. The packs contain all the basics required to improve the lives of these men and have been designed based on their requests. So, why not pop down to the Trade Centre and be part of the effort, or even sponsor a package for only Dhs125. Just remember to visit the website and register before 11 July.
When: 27 July, 12pm to 7pm & 28 July, 6pm to 11pm.
Where: Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre.
INFO: Adopt-a-Camp, Dubai, www.adoptacamp.ae/ramadan_package.

Give Blood with the Blood Donation Center, Dubai
Apparently blood donations decrease significantly in the hot summer months, and yet demand doesn’t. This year, the Blood Donation Center, Dubai has asked donors to come forward, especially those who are AB negative, in their 2013 Ramadan blood donation drive. Already the Indian community has started a mass donation drive and now it’s up to other groups to co-ordinate their communities and come forward to donate for such a worthy cause.
When: Various dates throughout Ramadan.
Where: Blood Donation Center, Dubai.
INFO: Dubai Blood Donation Center, Latifa Hospital, Dubai, 04 219 3221, DBDC@dha.gov.ae.

Labour of Love
Labour of Love is known for its continued works within the labour camps of Abu Dhabi and in particular those housing women. In the past they’ve spent their Ramadan tirelessly feeding, clothing and improving the labourers’ daily lot. Previous years have seen impressive donations of food, meals, clothes and books. This year Labour of Love plans on making their activities even bigger and better! If you’d like to help, keep following their Facebook page for updates.
When: Activities planned throughout Ramadan.
Where: Abu Dhabi. INFO: Labour of Love, Abu Dhabi, 055 677 3098, www.facebook.com/LaborOfLoveUAE#!/LaborOfLoveUAE.

Red Crescent Authority Charity Programmes
This year the Red Crescent Authority (RCA) plans to collect approximately Dhs100 million during Ramadan. The money raised will go directly towards the various good causes it supports. This year the focus will be on the Ramadan supplies programme, free iftar meals and clothing for thousands of deserving families, with coupons for the needy and 120 distribution tents across the UAE. You can make donations via the numerous Red Crescent counters found in mosques, shopping malls, hospitals and more.
When: Throughout Ramadan.
Where: Across the UAE.
INFO: Red Crescent Authority, Al Muroor Street, Abu Dhabi, www.rcuae.ae.

Make a Difference this Ramadan with Majid Al Futtaim Properties
For the sixth year running, all Majid Al Futtaim Properties in the UAE are  encouraging shoppers to donate everyday items such as clothing, books, reading glasses and mobile phones through their regional Make a Difference this Ramadan charity campaign.
The initiative is aimed at helping those less fortunate through the distribution of second-hand goods. It’s the most rewarding way to get rid of items you haven’t used in months and that are just taking up space.  
When: Throughout Ramadan.
Where: Mall of the Emirates, Deira City Centre, Mirdif City Centre, Deira City Centre, Sharjah City Centre and Ajman City Centre.
INFO: Collection boxes will be in each mall and emptied after Ramadan. All items will then be distributed by the Red Crescent.

Karama Kanteen
Karama Kanteen, a Volunteer in UAE initiative, is aiming to brighten the lives of labourers this Ramadan by preparing and distributing Iftar meals to 54,000 men across the UAE. The initiative will see the meals handed out at labour camps in Sharjah, Al Quoz and Sonapur over the Holy Month.
They need individuals and firms to sponsor the meals they will cook and distribute. But the great thing is, you can see exactly how you have helped. By sponsoring a meal you have the chance to help cook the food in the kitchens plus help hand out your meal in a labour camp. Each meal includes chicken biryani, a water goblet, dates, a laban drink and a dessert. Each voucher, which costs just Dhs32, goes towards Iftar meals for two labourers.
The scheme is run in partnership with City Chef Catering and www.dealgobbler.com Companies or individuals can get involved by sponsoring a meal at www.dealgobbler.com/volunteer-in-uae-2013.html
When:
Throughout Ramadan.
INFO: 
Email info@volunteerinuae.com with the subject line Karama Kanteen