A new campaign asks you to help Dubai’s labourers save their money. But what
items should you donate, and how can you go about it?
You don’t need us to tell you that Dubai can be expensive. For the city’s labourers, daily life is a drain on their meagre salaries, most of which they send home to their families. Credit card and loans company Dunia, based in Media City, has launched a campaign to provide the UAE’s labour camps with the things these people need for everyday life but can ill afford. Dunia’s product manager Deana Medic tells Time Out how you can contribute.
Clothing Items of men’s clothing, such as shirts and hats, are great to donate. ‘We ask that all clothes are in good condition,’ says Medic. ‘Clothing is the easiest thing to donate and is extremely useful to those who receive it. We have about 70 boxes and bags of clothing so far.’
Home appliances Think microwaves, kettles and any sort of kitchenware. ‘It’s so helpful to donate this kind of thing, because otherwise the men would need to spend,’ Medic points out.
Furniture From lighter fixtures such as desks and chairs to bigger furniture such as sofas, helping labourers to make their accommodation more homely is a fantastic way to contribute to the cause.
Books and board games Unclutter your cupboards and do a good deed by donating your used books and board games. ‘Again, these items are really easy to donate, but for the labourers this stuff is a luxury,’ says Medic. ‘It will give them a good way to spend time with their friends.’
Electronic goods Dunia has received several TV sets, stereos and VCRs from donors. ‘This is excellent because the men wouldn’t be able to afford these items themselves,’ Medic tells us.
Bedding Donating pillows and mattresses saves labourers from having to fork out for essentials.
Toiletries Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shaving cream, combs and shampoo (all items should be new, of course) make a big difference to those who have little to spend on everyday items. ‘When we take donations to the camps, the men are so happy,’ Medic tells us. ‘They’re really grateful. It’s thrilling to see how much they appreciate it.’
How do I donate?
• Figure out what you want to give, then send Dunia an email on firstname.lastname@example.org detailing the items you wish to donate.
• Dunia will call you back to discuss the condition of the items, just to make sure that they are suitable and can be used.
• Items should be dropped at your closest Dunia branch. There are 19 in the UAE, and Dunia will advise you which is nearest.
• For larger items such as sofas, Dunia will come to you to collect.