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The cause: A wonderful charity that makes dreams come true for children with terminal illnesses or debilitating diseases in Bahrain. This means anything from trips to Disney World or introducing them to Spiderman – it all depends on the child and what they long for in life.
How you can help: Volunteer Mariam Turki says, ‘The public will be involved in terms of raising awareness, becoming a member at the Dreams Society, helping us make the children’s dream come true. 'We post each dream on our Instagram page with the contact details of one of our Dream team members. The public can then call and tell us they are interested and would like to participate in these particular dreams.’
Get in touch: Check out their Instagram page @dreamssociety, email email@example.com or call 1721 1311.
Feed the Need
The cause: Michelle Bailey founded Feed the Need just one year ago after she read an article about a man in Saudi Arabia who put a fridge outside his house filled with free food for people in the area to take. And this is exactly what she did, with the help of her daughter, but on a much wider scale in Bahrain. Now, there are almost 20 Feed the Need fridges located around Bahrain with over 5,000 volunteer members on Facebook and 50 active food donors.
How you can help: Michelle tells us, ‘This Ramadan we want to provide cooked meals again – BD35 donation buys 50 cooked biryani meals! ‘My garage sales are continuing, raising money to purchase food for the needy – 100 percent of money raised buys food. Clothing, shoes, furniture is also given to the needy as it becomes available. Garage sale items like clothing, shoes, toys, books, furniture, linen etc. can be left at villa 26, Gulf Garden compound in Saar any time before 10pm. ‘I’d also like to say a big thank you to our only business volunteer – THC Total Home Care who maintain our fridges!’
Get in touch: Contact Michelle on firstname.lastname@example.org or Whatsapp her on 3962 7883. You can also search ‘Feed the Need Bahrain’ on Facebook.
Be Free The cause: The Be-Free Program of Bahrain Women Association for Human Development is concerned with the protection of children and teens from abuse and neglect, aiming to build their personalities and give them strength. It was first launched in 2002 and in 2009 was awarded the European Union Chaillot Prize for Human Rights. Overall, Be-Free has trained more than 27,000 children and teens, 8,000 parents and 900 professionals
How you can help: Executive manager Dr Rana Alsairafi says, ‘You can help in this cause with your skills of drawing, making short movies, translating or printing the booklets of Be-Free.’
The cause: Launched in 2008, For Bahrain charity was founded by a group of ten Bayan School graduates inspired by a charity food drive they had taken part in. And so they initiated their own annual Ramadan charity project by volunteering time, effort and resources to distribute boxes with basic supplies to families across Bahrain, ensuring they can feed their families for iftar. In mid-August, they also distribute bags of stationery to children and families before school starts again in September.
How you can help: The team tells us, if you’re interested in helping then please get in touch to help out with this year’s school bag distribution.
The cause: The idea for Good Giving Saturday isn’t exclusive to Bahrain but it’s certainly one worth mentioning as they do have an island chapter. Basically, it’s a group of like-minded people from all over the world dedicated to committing small acts of kindness on the last Saturday of each month. In Bahrain, the group provides 1,000 snack bags to local labour sites consisting of juice boxes, something salty (nuts etc.), something sweet (cookies for example) and a pack of gum or hard candy. In the warmer months, they also provide cool, fresh bottled water.
How you can help: The lady behind Bahrain’s group is Helen Bragdon-Tinkler (featured in our My Bahrain interview this month) and she says, ‘We operate completely on donations and welcome donations of any kind of item that we can put in our snack bags or provide to the needy in any way. ‘Consider joining us on the last Saturday of the month to help distribute the bags, or the last Wednesday of the month to pack them. It is a humbling and moving experience. We encourage you to get your children involved as well – there is always something that they can do to help. ‘During the month of Ramadan, we will be distributing bulk food items like rice, lentils, canned vegetables and meats to labour camps.’
Migrant Workers Protection Society The cause: This important society seeks to help expat workers achieve their basic human rights in line with international standards. They aim to help educate and guide these men and women to understand their rights and responsibilities; create public awareness of abuses and exploitation; and advocate government authorities and institutions on their behalf.
How you can help: MWPS Chairperson Marietta Dias says, ‘There are a few ways in which people can get involved. They can apply to become permanent members of MWPS and, once accepted, choose to either become case workers (time permitting), help out at our shelter for women or help with fundraising for our society. ‘They can also opt to donate in cash or kind either for a particular project during Ramadan or towards the general running of the society. ‘There is also a need for help in cash or kind when a fire takes place and several dozen men lose all their possessions and are left stranded on the street. People wishing to help at such times can leave their details with us to contact when the need arises. ‘Most of the financial donations received by us are used for the upkeep of our shelter, monthly rent of premises and salaries of just three staff, purchase of tickets to repatriate low income workers and payment of overdue government fines incurred by workers.’
The cause: The main role of The Dogfather’s Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre, which is based in Saar, is to take care of abused, neglected and abandoned animals in Bahrain. It doesn’t matter what type of animal (they’ve been known to rescue terrapins, rabbits, goats, donkeys, parakeets and more). Aside from rescuing and rehabilitating, the centre also offers education, re-homing, fundraising and grooming services. Second Chance, a charity shop along Budaiya Highway, is also part of the centre.
How you can help: There are many, many ways you can help, as Tony states on the charity’s official Facebook page. These include organising or hosting fundraising events, offering regular monthly donations in cash, raising awareness, adopting or sponsoring an animal, and donating unwanted goods to the thrift shop. If you’re a restaurant, supermarket or hotel then they always need excess goods and delivery support. Whether you’re a sportsperson, musician, lawyer, corporate businessperson or simply a caring individual – there are any number of ways you can help.
Get in touch: Visit ‘The Dogfather’s Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre’ on Facebook or call Tony on 3962 9889.
Jarek Akhook The cause: Since early 2013, Jarek Akhook (which literally means ‘your neighbour is your brother’) has been dedicated to improving the lives of less privileged Bahraini families. They do so by linking the higher income community through an online website that allows people to donate essential household furniture and/or appliances towards each family. On the website, you can see photographs of the living conditions of select families and then choose who you’d like to help. You'll also see the transformed living conditions once a certain project is finished.
How you can help: The team tells us, ‘You can support us by donating through our website at www.jarekakhook.com and sharing our platform with your friends and family. 'Currently we are not short of volunteers but if you're interested to contribute to our cause you can email us’.
The cause: This sustainable, not-for-profit organisation is run by women for the purpose of providing help to Bahraini women and their children. It was started back in 2000 by two long-term resident expat ladies as a way to give back to the community they call home. They have helped countless families over the past 15 years through the distribution of food parcels, educational sponsorship and drastic home improvements.
How you can help: Volunteer Maria Sorger says, ‘This year The Palm Association is in desperate need of ‘white goods’ for the homes of some of our families. 'These families are so destitute that they do not have air conditioning, a fridge, nor an oven... 'They have almost nothing and we would like to try and give them – when needed and if possible – wardrobes, sofas or washing machines. ‘We would like to ask companies in Bahrain who are willing to donate A/Cs, fridges, ovens or any of the items listed above to get in touch with us.’ Anyone is welcome to join The Palm Association, she says, after filling out an application. If you’re interested, just contact the committee members using the details below.
City Centre Bahrain has launched its ‘Make a Difference this Ramadan’ campaign for the sixth year in a row, with renowned actress and campaign ambassador Haifa Hussain at its helm.
Throughout the Holy Month, mall visitors can drop off new or second-hand goods such as clothes, eye glasses, books and non-perishable food items in the specially marked bins dotted throughout the shopping centre.
All collected items will then be donated to support The Islamic Association, a local charitable and humanitarian organisation which supports families in need within the community.
Senior mall manager Duajj Khalifa Al Rumaihi tells us that the marking of Ramadan at City Centre Bahrain doesn’t end there. ‘As part of Majid Al Futtaim’s promise to create great moments for everyone, every day, the lifestyle destination will feature traditional entertainment to complement the new décor giving the mall a perfect Ramadan ambience. We hope visitors of all ages will come to City Centre Bahrain to celebrate in togetherness and to give generously to those in need.’
On top of their charitable campaign, the mall features new décor, complimentary Arabic coffee and sweets, as well as cultural entertainment including live oud performances. The centre will also mark Gergaoun in the middle of Ramadan, and be offering special prizes to randomly selected customers on June 20. Ramadan hours: first 20 days, 10am-1am; last 10 days, 10am-2am. Visit www.facebook.com/citycentrebahrain.