At the heart of Islam, lies the act of charity. And while charitable acts are important every day of the year, they are particularly important during the Holy month of Ramadan. What started as a grassroots local community movement with one refrigerator a few years ago has expanded to over 200 fully stocked refrigerators.
The Origins of Ramadan Sharing Fridges
In 2016, a local group took to Facebook with a simple goal, to offer drinks to local workers during Ramadan. Ramadan Sharing Fridges began as a way for citizens in Dubai to help community workers gain access to free drinks and food during the month of Ramadan.
Over the course of the first month, one family generously shared a fridge full of food outside their home. By the end of the month, approximately 170 fridges of food were donated and stocked across the streets of Dubai. This Dubai-based initiative, under the umbrella of the Emirates Red Crescent, allows community members to share water, fresh fruits, milk, vegetables, fruit juices, dry foods, and other drinks.
Beyond Sharing Food and Water
The concept of Ramadan Sharing Fridges goes beyond the generous act of sharing food and water. According to French expat Anne Mulcahy, who is a volunteer and a ‘fridge manager’ of the campaign, the success of the initiative lies in its volunteers and the charitable nature. “It is about building a community. You get to know your neighbour, you meet people working in your community, it is keeping in line with what the month of Ramadan is all about,” she recently said in a Gulf News interview.
Anne went on to state, “Everyone is working hard to keep the fridge full. Volunteers take turns and they ensure the fridge is filled up and ready for use 24 hours a day. There are people involved in just cleaning the fridge, serving the workers with a smile and stocking the refrigerators with food and water.”
As Ramadan Sharing Fridges continues to grow across Dubai, we can all take this opportunity to give back to those in need. What makes this community initiative a humbling experience for the volunteers is the fact there is a story behind every fridge generously placed in Dubai.
If you’re interested in donating to an existing fridge, or setting one up yourself, it’s not too late to get involved. Essentially, all you need to do to participate is simply register a spare fridge, leave it outside your home, and the Ramadan Fridges team will add your fridge to their list of Sharing Refrigerators on their Google maps.With the help of local donors, each fridge is emptied and filled up to 20 times. Best of all, the refrigerators are open 24/7 so you can drop off your food at any time.
While there is no fixed capacity for the fridge, larger refrigerators are ideal, as they are best suited to service the large crowds lining up for food. Those looking to set up a fridge first need to look at the map which is regularly updated by the members to show the places where the refrigerators are placed.
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