Dubai residents stock public fridges for needy during Ramadan

Source: The Guardian

Scheme launched by an Australian activist becomes city-wide phenomenon, with more than 170 fridges delivering ‘a small act of kindness’ during holy month

Children in Dubai get in the spirit of stocking public fridges with free food for the city’s poor.
Children in Dubai get in the spirit of stocking public fridges with free food for the city’s poor. Photograph: @janinebensouda/Ramadan Sharing Fridges

Fridges stocked with free food for those in need have become a city-wide phenomenon in Dubai, serving thousands of people every day of the holy month of Ramadan.

The Australian activist Sumayyah Sayed launched the nonprofit Ramadan Sharing Fridge initiative last year, stocking a single unit outside her house with food and drinks for the city’s poor.

From there it spread via social media to take in more than 170 fridges, each visited by hundreds of people every day.

This year the scheme has been backed by the Emirates Red Crescent, in association with the nongovernment organisation Open Arms UAE, to “bring together different members of the community to share a moment”.

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