Gulf News - Wednesday, 8 September 2010 -29
Ramadan 1431 H
Charities reach out with free
True to the spirit of Ramadan, many social and charitable
organisations are giving free iftar meals to thousands of workers in labour
camps in Dubai, Sahrjah and Ajman.
Shoukath Ali Eroth, General Secretary, All Kerala College
Alumni Forum, which is distributing food packets said: "We have supplied food
and water to the workers of three companies.
With the support of a senior official from the Dubai Awqaf and
Minors Foundation, our team provided food packets to the labourers."
The alumni group extended meal and other support to another
700 odd employees of another contracting firm.
It distributed about 550 shirts donated by the Fathima Medical
Group and conducted a session involving psychologists, legal experts and social
"We have generated money to buy food and water for the
A generous contribution helped us hire a generator and provide
temporary electricity for the labour accommodation. The group of volunteers from
the association also helped workers of a company in Ajman.
Our team was able to arrange a regular cooked food supply to
this camp every night.
"We are getting food for these workers every day. Funds are
coming from members contribution and sponsorship by companies and individuals,"
Youth India, an Indian social organisation and Hit 96.7, the
Malayalam FM radio station from the Arabian Radio Network is providing iftar
meals to hundreds of workers from India, Vietnam, Burma, Pakistan and
Says Ajith Menon, Programme Director, Hit 96.7: "We have
started a radio campaign in association with Youth India and about 15
restaurants to provide iftar meal to workers.
Our initial target was only 200 food packets per day, but we
reached 1,000 meals per day." He said the campaign started from the first day of
"Our listeners, who are interested in sponsoring 10 to 15
iftar meals, can send an SMS and pay the money in the nearest restaurant. The
volunteers of Youth India will collect the food packets and distribute them in
labour camps in Sharjah and Dubai. Individual listeners, organisations, churches
and restaurants are supporting the campaign."
Two of our Radio Jockeys, Arfas Iqbal and Jean Markos, are
present in the labour camps and coordinate the charity work along with Youth
"This is the third year that we are conducting the iftar in
Hakkim Perumpilavu, Volunteer, Youth India said the
organisation is coordinating iftar programme in various labour camps in Sonapur,
National Paints, Al Qouz and Saja industrial area. "Our volunteers distribute
about 1,000 Iftar meals every day in Saja labour camps.
The food is provided by various organisations. We are also
working with Hit 96.7 Radio to provide iftar meals in labour camps."
The Dubai Municipality is distributing 5,700 Iftar meals daily
in the Municipality Labour Camp throughout Ramadan. Iftar meals are distributed
to municipality employees living in different labour camp sites of Dubai
Municipality in the city in Muhaisina (Al Qusais), Al Aweer and Al Quoz.
There are free iftar available in most of the mosques.