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Just a little love is all it takes

Selfless act of feeding construction workers has brought fulfilment to a group of women

  • By Aruna Shamkuwar, Gulf News Reader
  • Published: 00:00 April 14, 2011
  • Gulf News

Dubai mums are cooking up a feast for hungry construction workers
  • Image Credit: Gulf News

We, a group of women, are offering a regular community service by providing home-made food to construction workers onsite.

It all began a year ago in winter, when I was heading home in Bur Dubai — I came across some construction workers shivering in the cold. Back in India, my family would cook food and distribute it to people in the neighbourhood.

It inspired me to do something similar for the workers. On this occasion, I made about 15 litres of tea and took biscuits for them. They were startled but very grateful to receive it — since then, they call me ‘didi' (‘older sister' in Hindi).

Due to the positive response, I decided to take it to the next level. As my husband works in the construction industry, I was able to set up lunches for workers in various sites in Dubai. My friends got wind of what I was doing and began to join me. I would give them the menu — a simple one, often consisting of rice with vegetables and curry — and they would help with the cooking.

My priority, while preparing the food, is to ensure it is fresh and made in hygienic conditions. Those delegated to cook are known to me and make sure they follow the correct procedures.

Donations

However, a lot of people from the community have helped out in other ways, especially in terms of donations. The money is used to buy cutlery, fruits, beverages and yoghurt. Over the past few months, we have provided meals for about 5,000 people in batches of 250. Our aim is to do this at least twice a month.

Most recently, we prepared lunch for 500 workers in Al Barsha. Some of the organisers even brought along their children. It was an educational experience for them since a lot of the time, teenagers do not realise how difficult life may be for other people.

They were very happy to help. In the future, we hope to coordinate with schools to take students to such sites, provided safety engineers give us the green light.

Trying to make others happy gives one great happiness. Now that summer is approaching, the need for beverages and healthy food will be greater. I hope others take up similar initiatives in their neighbourhoods and bring smiles to the faces of hard-working people.

The reader is a homemaker in Dubai

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Comments (9)

  1. Added 13:29 April 15, 2011

    What a noble gesture !!! "Didi" - we are proud of you . Keep it up .

    B Lakshmanan, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 23:27 April 14, 2011

    It brings tears in eyes.

    Jawad Hasan, Kiel, Germany

  3. Added 20:33 April 14, 2011

    Fantastic....! It's nice and very different approaches, we are all to encourage those who did also support them. Best wishes.

    AhmAd Hussain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 19:27 April 14, 2011

    What a wonderful lady, if more people helped the needy the world would be a better place. Well done Didi.

    Mercia, London, United Kingdom

  5. Added 17:48 April 14, 2011

    Really very good job.. I appriciate.. God bless all of you ......

    Gufran Ahmad, Dubau, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 17:02 April 14, 2011

    Good Job ladies.

    Rita Rao, Doha, Qatar

  7. Added 16:34 April 14, 2011

    What a noble thing to do :-) I am inspired! Helping hands are better than praying hands. God bless you all!

    Eunice Doss, Dubai , United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 16:13 April 14, 2011

    How do I contribute?

    Vivekanand, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 15:06 April 14, 2011

    I appreciate the efforts taken up by her......I strongly support what she is doing for the poor workers........God bless all........May Allah help the needy.............We should learn from such acts that we can bring smiles with little efforts........

    Mohammad Ismail , Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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