As a part of the recently launched ‘Takatof Ramadan Program 2014’, volunteers from The Emirates Foundation will help repair and renovate 21 houses of the needy families across UAE.
The Volunteer work will include painting walls and some house technical repairs and improvements based on the results of the evaluation done that was conducted through field surveys earlier. The support is aimed to improve and enhance the living conditions of these families.
The 8th edition of the Takatof Ramadan Program organized by the Emirates Foundation is a wide reaching volunteering initiative that engages the youth in a variety of Ramadan Volunteering and charity activities across the UAE. The volunteer under the program start preparing for their activities a month ahead, where they meet with families and provide ‘Mir Ramadan’ based on their social, financial, housing repair and health care needs.
This year, Takatof Ramadan Program will yet again include the Takatof Ramadan Majlis (Gatherings) initiative which was well received by the participating youth last year. The project will host key dignitaries from the UAE community who have significantly contributed by serving the community. They will join the volunteers to share their social experience and success stories to enhance their expertise and boost their competitive capabilities. During the first week of Ramadan, Takatof Program volunteers in Abu Dhabi and the Northern Emirates helped in distributing food, clothes and electronic to families in need along with the UAE Red Crescent
“The Takatof Ramadan Program this year builds on the great successes and momentum achieved by the program during the last eight years. The program now occupies a leading position and serves as a bridge of communication and human solidarity that connects the volunteers with various social segments that need help during the holy month of Ramadan,” commented Maytha Al Habsi, Chief Programmes Officer, Emirates Foundation. “These projects came as result of a number of creative ideas submitted by the program’s volunteers during the different preparatory stages ahead of the program, for instance, receiving clothes and electronic appliances from philanthropists then handing the items out to the UAE Red Crescent who will then distribute the same to people in need both domestically and internationally,” she added.
Al Habsi stressed, “Takatof Ramadan Program” projects comes in line with the program’s objective to promote a culture of community volunteering and provide a platform for those interested in volunteering during the holy month of Ramadan, especially that this holy month conjures up the values of good deeds and charity and providing help for needy people. The program also aims to give young people an opportunity to enjoy the spirit of volunteering during the month of blessing and giving. It also promotes the concepts of social responsibility and solidarity by offering help to needy families and spreading joy in the hearts of children and sick people.”
During the third week of Ramadan, Takatof volunteers involved in Ramadan Takatof Project will help with distribution of drinking water during the night prayers in a number of mosques in the country to support them during their religious act of obedience especially during summer and its high temperatures and humidity where mosques being filled with prayers during these last blessed days of Ramadan. Takatof volunteers will engage with children and organise field visits to families across UAE to fill their hearts with the joy of Eid. The volunteers will share some happy and jolly moments with children and congratulate the families on the occasion of Eid while distributing presents and Eid clothing.
Takatof Ramadan Project will conclude with the volunteers visiting children with incurable diseases in various hospitals across the UAE, and trying to fulfil their wishes and make their dreams come true by providing them with toys, electronic devices as desired. This will be the last activity of the ‘Takatof Ramadan Project 2014’.
Takatof Ramadan Project was initially launched during the holy month of Ramadan in 2007 and it aims to achieve two main goals: Spreading a culture of social responsibility through volunteering and providing opportunities for volunteers to help low-income local families in the UAE.