- Title: Dubai residents 'share fridges' to help those in need during Ramadan
- Date: 20th June 2017
- Summary: DUBAI, UAE (JUNE 15, 2017) (REUTERS) FRIDGE MANAGER, SWATHI SANTHOSH, GIVING MEAL TO WORKER VARIOUS OF FRIDGE WITH FOOD AND DRINKS INSIDE (SOUNDBITE) (English) FRIDGE MANAGER, SWATHI SANTHOSH, SAYING: "Actually it is increasing day by day, we have about 400 plus workers who come on an everyday basis, 400 and plus workers who come to take all these donations which the people are giving. Every day we have 10 to 15 donors who come individually on their own and they give us some dry items, like Labans (milk), they give us biscuits, fruits and juices etc. So we make packs of these individually and we hand it over. So I cannot give you an exact number but it's over 100, over 100 people are involved, all over this area. And in this area, this is the only fridge, which is active in this particular are as of now; we have over 170 fridges all over Dubai."
- Embargoed: 4th July 2017 12:43
- Keywords: Ramadan fridges sharing Ramadan Sharing Fridge Red Crescent
- Location: DUBAI, UAE
- City: DUBAI, UAE
- Country: UAE
- Topics: Religion/Belief,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA0036M2Y5W5
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:A simple initiative started last year to help Dubai workers through Ramadan has become a city-wide venture supported by the Red Crescent and feeding hundreds of people every day.
The Ramadan Sharing Fridge initiative was started by Australian Sumayyah Sayed last year. She placed a fridge outside her house in Dubai and stocked it with food and drink for those in need during Ramadan to help themselves.
Now with the help of the Red Crescent, there are 170 fridges across the city, pinpointed on Google maps and promoted on a Facebook page with more than 25,000 members making donations.
The project is aimed mainly at construction workers who usually work on building sites until sunset and want to break their fast or eat a snack during their break.
Each fridge is independently managed and stocks supplies of biscuits, fruit, chocolates, milk, water and juice, in accordance with Red Crescent licensing and food safety regulations.
Swathi Santhosh said the fridge she manages is attracting up to 400 workers a day.
Sayed said the fridge initiative is now symbolic of generosity, kindness and sharing and compassion during Ramadan.
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