Bahrain's Lending a Hand team aim to break charity records this Ramadan
Time Out Bahrain staff
Located near the airport, on the outskirts of the old fishing village, Muharraq, and a stone’s throw away from the master Diyar Al Muharraq development, many class the island of Amwaj as a very high end project, with luxury housing for those with deep pockets. And with average rental house prices topping the thousand dinars a month mark, you won’t find just anybody roaming the palm-tree-lined streets of Amwaj Island.
For the last 10 years, the island has been undergoing its fair share of construction, but is now nearing completion. Opening soon will be five-star hotels, bars and restaurants, outdoor shopping spaces, fully operational marinas, schools, ready-to-let office space and much more. Amwaj Islands has become the epitome of luxurious living; a group of man-made islands against a backdrop of crystal blue waters; the perfect setting for tranquil, modern living where almost all residents can enjoy the beach front from their own backyard.
The six man-made islands combine residential neighbourhoods, commercial districts and spectacular leisure resorts unified in a smart city environment and high-tech lifestyle. The sheer amount of construction that has gone into this development is staggering, with many man-hours – not to mention armies of construction workers – helping to bring about its creation.
The master developers of Amwaj Islands are now preparing for the third year of the Lending a Hand project. An initiative spearheaded by the board of directors, to give back to the labourers who have helped build Amwaj Island into the beautiful resort it has become for the last 10 years. Boxes of food and other necessities are collected, donated, and then distributed to migrant laborers as part of this special Ramadan initiative, and donations come in from across Bahrain, including the numerous residents and companies of Amwaj Islands, who were eager to give back and show appreciation and gratitude to the people who have helped build the project.
‘This year, we hope to collect and distribute the items to the labourers for Ramadan – a month of giving and a time to remember those who are less fortunate. That being said, we would like to give everyone the opportunity to show your appreciation and gratitude to the extremely hard working labourers, who have to face daily strenuous working conditions as part of their dedication to make our homes on Amwaj Islands,’ says Jameel Al Matrook, managing director of Amwaj Island.
During Ramadan, both fasting and acts of charity are obligatory upon Muslims who are able to do so. People are reminded to be generous and increase their charitable activities compared to their normal generosity. Donations are usually focused on giving to those stricken by poverty and hunger, hence why migrant workers are a main priority for the Amwaj developers. ‘Every year we collect donations for the foreign labourers who work hard day and night to make Amwaj the beautiful islands that they are. We put together boxes of assorted foodstuffs and distribute them to the workers just before the holy month of Ramadan,’ continues Jameel Al Matrook.
If you would like to be a part of this initiative, you may either donate items from your own household (as long as they are new and not reaching their expiry date soon) or purchase the items from your local supermarket. Alternatively, you can donate an amount of money of your choice and project members will purchase the items on your behalf.
The following essential items are what is hoped can be collected in large quantities: sugar, cooking oil, flour, canned beans, tea, coffee, salt, rice, concentrated juice, powdered milk, concentrated milk, honey, noodles, tuna and lentils amongst other sundries.
If you wish to donate items which are not on the above list, you may do so (in large quantities) as long as it will keep for a long period of time. You may also donate blankets, sweaters, shoes, soaps and other toiletries. ‘Our aim is to make as many giveaway boxes as possible, therefore the more people this reaches, the more we can expect to make. Just remember, every item will make a difference,’ adds Jameel Al Matrook. For more information, please contact Sara Ebrahim on firstname.lastname@example.org or Naseem Fekri email@example.com. Also call 16 030 607