Sunday, 4 June 2017

My Sunday Photo - Week 127. G is for Giving

It's Ramadan and the lovely people of Dubai are getting into the spirit of giving with the installation and filling up of street fridges.

You don't have to be a Muslim to participate in Ramadan, it's not just about fasting, it's also about giving.

Last year an initiative was set up to provide food and drinks for labourers and low-income workers with the Sharing Fridge. Anyone can set one up, there are approximately 70 in the city and you can find out more about how to get involved on their Facebook page.

The fridges are filled by the community and are available 24 hours a day. Each fridge is expected to be used by around 100 people per day. There are around 70 fridges across the city.

You are encouraged to fill the fridges with juice, water, fruit, vegetables, dates, biscuits, nuts and crisps. They do not encourage prepared food and ask that you check the expiry dates before filling the fridges. They are not designed for left over food, but for food and drink that can be consumed on the go so chop your carrots, slice the water melon etc.

People who use the fridges are asked in 7 languages to only take what they need, in the spirit of sharing with their brothers and sisters.

There is one in our street and another on the Al Wasl Road near the bus stop. It's an excellent initiative and I will be donating to the fridge on a weekly basis.




21 comments:

  1. Love this idea. Are labourers allowed to eat during daylight hours during Ramadan or is something they are supposed to do after sunset? regardless, it seems like a great initiative.

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    1. you're free to eat in the day time in private if you're not a muslim

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  2. Wow a sharing fridge. What a brilliant idea! We could probably do with several of those here in the U.K.!

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    1. they are a brilliant idea, this is only the 2nd year they've been in place

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  3. What a lovely idea, really community minded

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  4. What a lovely idea the World could do with more of this

    Thank you for linking up

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    1. it would be lovely to see more people sharing

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  5. What a brilliant idea. This is needed in the UK, especially city centres. :)

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    1. i'd love to see more of this, sadly though i feel it could possibly be abused in the uk

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  6. What a fabulous idea. Giving everyone a chance to share. Those that give and those that only take as much as they need. Brilliant. #MySundayPhoto

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    1. people are quite humble here, they just take only what they need

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  7. what a fabulous idea. Wonder if people get greedy and take more than they need?

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    1. no people just take what they need

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  8. There was a time before I got my cleaning job that I went crazy on thinking where to get food. My husband is not giving me enough money. I asked if I can get food from foodbank but I am not eligible as my husband has a job and we are not separated. It would be nice to have something like this for people who like me doesnt have anything. #mysundayphoto

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    1. that's really sad to hear that no one would help you, i hope you're in a better place now

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