The season of Ramadan is upon us. It is a time of giving, of charity, of acts of kindness, familial gatherings and social amelioration. But this year, things are expected to play a little different as human touch and social gathering are hindered by the COVID-19 pandemic. During Ramadan, families get together and enjoy a heart-warming Iftar after a day’s worth of fasting and praying.
Amidst a pandemic, we can live the spirit of Ramadan through generosity and charity from the comfort of our homes. Here are charitable activities for all to get involved and contribute during this holy month:
10 Million Meals Initiative
The “10 Million Meals” project is the UAE’s biggest community campaign spearheaded by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives in collaboration with the Social Solidarity Fund against COVID-19. This initiative provides food assistance and supports low-income families and individuals affected by the coronavirus outbreak. This campaign enables businesses, corporates and even the public to make valuable contributions such as financial aid or in-kind donations to be distributed across the UAE. Donations can be done online through the website, through SMS for a meal worth 8 AED by texting the word “Meal” to 1034 or sending food parcels by contacting 800 4006 or writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donate now: https://www.10millionmeals.ae/en
Dubai Cares fosters children by helping them get access to quality education. Navigating through this challenging time are organizations, institutions and even schools which have been disrupted by the new normal. Help and equip students with the proper ICT tools and devices to support them in distance learning from the safety of their homes. Join the Dubai Cares initiative in collaboration with the Ministry of Education in this nationwide fundraiser aimed to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the education of the children and youth of the UAE. Donations can be done through SMS for a minimum amount of 20 AED or through bank transfers.
World’s Tallest Donation Box
Who knew charity can be as high as the world’s tallest building? The “World’s Tallest Donation Box”, along with the 10 Million Meals initiative of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives and Burj Khalifa, is campaigning to raise funds for the hard-hit communities by the COVID-19 across the UAE. Help illuminate the Burj Khalifa once again in solidarity of the families and individuals affected by the outbreak. The World’s Tallest Donation Box enables organizations, companies and individuals to collectively light up 1.2 million lights of the Burj Khalifa through purchasing a single light for 10 AED. Every light is a meal for someone in need.
Donate now: https://www.tallestdonationbox.com/
I Deserve a Life
The Friends of Cancer Patients is committed in helping cancer patients and their families through their journey of cancer treatment. They not only care for cancer patients through financial aid but also through moral support initiatives irrespective of nationality, gender, age or ethnicity. The Friends of Cancer Patients has launched “I Deserve a Life”, a Ramadan Zakat charity campaign, which accepts donations to support cancer patients who cannot afford the cost of the treatment. This fundraiser enables donors to save lives by sending an SMS for a minimum amount of 10 AED or bank transfers.
Donate now: https://focp.ae/donate-programs/
We hope we are all having a meaningful Ramadan. A small act of generosity goes a long way. Stay Home. Stay Safe. #RamadanKareem!