Food Drives & Emergency Relief Efforts
Feeding the less fortunate (every year we organize a Ramadan Food Drive to aid Muslims observing the fast). In 2020 due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic, we have exerted all our efforts to appeal to the public to receive dry foods and toiletries. We partnered with All Food Co. for people to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables via their Instagram account to aid the less fortunate. Our efforts to aid those whose livelihood has been affected by shop closures began on 25th March 2020 – we have thus far shared food and toiletries with 1500 local and expat families/individuals. The general public, The British Embassy in Bahrain, The US Navy and other Corporates such as P. Haridas Sons, Abdul Aziz Food Stuff, Propel Consult, Ashraf BGDC have assisted us in our efforts to alleviate the people going through tremendous stress and anxiety. We have also assisted Shamsaha (previously Women’s Crisis International) with approximately 60 food packs (sufficient for a family of 4) for women in need who appealed to them during the pandemic. We have in the past also assisted the Migrant Workers Protection Society in aiding migrant workers with food, clothing and toiletries. Extensive aid was generated and shared with the Asian workers whose building collapsed in Salmabad in October 2018. We provided not only dry food items but also toiletries, linen, clothing, underwear and financial aid for these workers to get back on their feet. We respond to emergency relief requests; for example when staff accommodations are burnt down or when staff are being unpaid for long periods of time. We have assisted GPZ staff extensively, going into labor camps and providing them with essential food items.
Enriching Local Communities
Work with orphaned children – Since December 2016 we have been working with Al Sanabel Orphan Care Society in Busaiteen to spread love and cheer to the children. We organize by-monthly group birthday parties for the children; where each child born within a given period has the chance to celebrate their special day with siblings and friends. We organize games, gifts, food, birthday cake and birthday gifts for the children. Additionally we have organized free educational events for the children to take part in as well. The events are on hold due to Covid restrictions.
We also actively work with local imams in villages to support families with food, baby items, clothing and occasionally during Ramadan/Gurgaon we share toys with the children observing the fast. In the past, Schools such as the St. Christopher’s Junior School, British School and Nadeen School have supported us with food, kids clothing and toys to be shared with less fortunate families in Bahrain.
We have also launched initiatives to support first time mums with essential items for herself and her baby. We have had great support from the US Navy and the Private Sector in Bahrain.
Saving the Environment and Recycling
We have regularly teamed up with the public, associations and companies such as Bahrain Credit to visit local beaches and clean it of plastic and debris. The plastic we collect from these Beach cleanups are taken to the Bahrain Association for the Parents & Friends of the Disabled in Adliya. The funds from the sale of this plastic goes towards purchasing wheelchairs for the needy.
Every year during the winter season, we collect gently used winter clothing and linen to be shared with the less fortunate. We have previously partnered with the Jawad Group and St. Christopher’s Junior School to provide us with a public space/audience to attract more donations. This year too we will be contacting corporates to provide their facilities as a collection point. During the months of December 2020 and January 2021 we placed collection boxes at convenient locations.
· The Westin Bahrain City Centre in Seef
· The British Club in Adliya.
· The British Dental Center in Nakheel Centre in Saar
· The Bahrain Rugby and Football Club in Saar
· The St. Christopher Junior and Senior Schools
Kids Toys Collection for Ramadan and Christmas
We collect toys to share with less fortunate children of all faiths during the months of Christmas and Ramadan. We appeal to the community to donate new or unused toys that we can share with children aged 1-10 years. Toys are also collected whenever we organize a Kids Group Birthday Party for the orphaned children of Al Sanabel Orphan Care Society. Due to Covid we haven’t been able to organize parties in the last 2 years. We hope to resume these parties as and when the conditions improve and the authorities allow for it.
Just for your reference, the charity is unregistered so we do not appeal for monetary contributions. The charity was set up in Bahrain in 2016 and has had the support of the British Embassy, US Navy, Bahrain Credit, St. Christopher Junior and Senior Schools, The Bahrain Rugby Football Club and many other expat and local families.