Packing a Positive Punch: GE Volunteers Help Prepare 5,000 Ramadan Care Packages
During Ramadan this year, one of the most satisfying activities for GE Volunteers in the UAE was the opportunity to participate in the massive, three-day Ramadan Care Packages ’13 event. More than 10,000 volunteers, including GE employees, were involved in a collective effort to put together 5,000 care packages for 5,000 men working in UAE labor camps. The successful event more than doubled the number of care packages prepared last year.
Sponsored by the Dubai Chamber, and held in the Sheikh Rashid Hall of the Dubai World Trade Centre, this annual Ramadan event put together packages, each containing approximately 40 items, including things such as mattresses, pillows, bed linen, three-month supplies of toiletries and one-month supplies of energy food.
What’s more, this initiative was designated an official charity event of the renamed Zayed Humanitarian Day, which recognizes H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father and first president of the UAE, and a committed humanitarian.
The care package program is run by UAE charity Adopt-a-Camp, which describes its mission as seeking “to meaningfully improve the lives of the men who build the beautiful cities we live in and through them, to reach out and aid the diverse communities from which they come.” Adopt-a-Camp has been working with laborers in labor camps for eight years and currently works with 50 camps and more than 43,700 men.
GE Volunteers is a global initiative of GE, which works hand-in-hand with local organizations to address societal needs by inviting GE employees to contribute to building stronger communities where they live and work. Globally, GE’s employees volunteer more than 1 million hours of community service every year.
In the UAE, the GE Volunteers program has engaged in numerous activities, including the UAE Book Drive, which was held in partnership with Room to Read and collected 511 books from offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. They also partnered with the Dubai Government’s Awqaf & Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) to help orphans and underprivileged children in the UAE through the Build-a-Bear initiative.
In the region, GE Volunteers have participated over the past year in desert and beach cleanups in the UAE and Algeria, provided diabetes-prevention information to students in Kuwait and raised awareness about breast cancer across the region.