Whether you celebrate the Holy Month of Ramadan – which will run between May 6th and June 5th for 2019 – or not, this is the time to give a little bit back. So if you’re looking for inspiration when it comes to ways to contribute to charitable causes, here are some ways you can help.
Ways to give back this Ramadan
Hand in hand with fasting by day and feasting with friends and family over Iftars by night, Ramadan is a time for charity and giving. And whether you partake in the ceremony or not, there’s never a bad time to be a little more considerate of those around you, and give a little bit back to the community where you can. Here are just some of the ways you can help.
What may seem so basic to some of us, can seem very unattainable to others. Donating clothes in good condition that you no longer need or you can live without can make a big difference. Deposit them in local public boxes, find out about stores such as H&M that accept clothes donations, or keep an eye out for the donation tents that will pop up around supermarkets and mosques throughout the month.
If you want to rely on your own agency, one gesture you can do it take to handing out bottles of cold water before the sun rises and after the sun sets to those who might need it most, such as those working on construction sites. You can keep bottles in you
Meanwhile, Sheikh Mohammed has also launched the Well Of Hope initiative to try and get water to those in need, too. The initiative invites public and private sector employees to ‘pump’ water through a mobile device, and in turn, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI) will translate those virtual litres into actual water for those with limited access to clean and safe drinking water.
Ramadan sharing fridge
Get food to those in need by donating to your local sharing fridge. What started in 2016 as a one-off project has now become a ritual of charitable giving in Dubai throughout the month of Ramadan. Either becoming a Fridge Manager yourself (check out the Facebook group, Ramadan/Sharing Fridges in the UAE) or suss out the nearest ones to you to add food those. Those in need can then help themselves to meals.
Become a volunteer
If you’ve wanted to involve yourself in charity work for a while, now is the time to take action. Whether give up the hours you gain as Ramadan hours kick in or sign up for something more long term, head to government.ae to learn about the different initiatives and how to get involved