x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Iftar dinner for women at Abu Dhabi labour camps

Ramadan 2012: The women work long hours at the capital's shopping malls and institutions, keeping toilets and facilities in order.

ABU DHABI // Ninety-six women staying at a labour camp in Mussaffah will be treated to a special iftar dinner every Friday during the Holy Month.

The women, who are from India, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, work long hours at the capital's shopping malls and institutions, keeping toilets and facilities in order.

"We do not view them as under-privileged," said Suparna Mathur, a co-founder of Abu Dhabi Cause Connect, a non-profit organisation which helps companies and community groups work with charitable causes. "They live in comfortable conditions but are away from their homes and their families."

The majority of the women are married and do not get to see their husbands and children in their home countries for two to four years at a time, she said.

"This project is not about 'charity' but rather to find ways to improve and uplift the quality of their lives," Ms Mathur said. "Giving is not about the donation or handout - it is about the spirit, love and care that goes into the process."

The iftar dinner at the labour camp will begin this Friday. The other iftar dates are on August 3, 10 and 17.

Those who wish to contribute can email AbuDhabiCauseConnect@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/AbuDhabiCauseConnect.

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