8 Dubai charities to help
Dubai Municipality has launched a food donation initiative called ‘Heafz Al Na’amah’, to collect extra food from banquets, hotel buffets and even weddings. And there are plenty of other ways to embrace the goodwill vibes. Giving back to the community, or others in need across the world, is easy to do. Whether you have money to spare, time to give, or skills that are needed, there's a charity that could benefit from your help. Here’s our ShortList of eight charities worth helping all year round.
Dubai Blood Donation Centre
There’s a constant need for blood to help the likes of Thalassemia patients, road accident victims, and people undergoing operations. The need for blood far outweighs the speed that Dubai Blood Donation Centre can collect it, so if you’re brave enough to donate, you can be safe in the knowledge that you’re making a big difference.
On the homepage of Noor Dubai’s website, it says that almost 80 percent of the world’s blindness is curable. It’s facts like this that encouraged His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai to start the charity. There are a number of different ways to get involved, from donating via the website to contributing to the blog.
The Sameness Project
The Dubai-based project tries to build bridges between cultures, in order to increase empathy throughout the world. One of their most famous projects is Water for Workers, where people in Dubai and Abu Dhabi hand out water to labourers in order to onnect people who wouldn’t otherwise meet and show gratitude. Visit the website to find out about upcoming projects and how you can get involved.
Emirates Red Crescent
An official member of the Federation of Red Cross, Emirates Red Crescent’s mission is to help authorities and charities “in times of war and peace.” The online portal allows you to donate to a huge range of causes, from disaster relief in Nepal to charity initiatives in the Emirates.
This charity reaches out to the labour camps who build the beautiful cities we live in. So far Adopt-A-Camp helps 53 labour camps on a regular basis, which means improving the lives of over 57,400 men. To get involved, you can donate groceries or organise a collection. The team are interested to hear from all kinds of people who can offer their skills.
All 4 Down Syndrome Dubai
As a non-profit support group, All 4 Down Syndrome Dubai helps adults and children living with the syndrome. The facility also supports families and carers, as well as creating awareness in the community. Those who have the correct skills and enough time to spare can apply for one of the unpaid volunteer vacancies.
This huge organisation spans the world, helping disadvantaged children in some of the poorest areas. The various causes are in place to promote gender equality and fight for children’s rights. To make a donation, and find out which projects Unicef are currently concentrating on, visit the website.
Dubai Cares is renowned for bringing education to children in some of the world’s poorest areas. The non-profit organisation is another charity launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Since 2007 it has reached 38 developing countries across the world. Sign up for volunteer work, get your company involved, or simply make a personal donation.