The UAE collected Dh78million in the first week of launching the 100 Million Meals campaign, authorities said on Saturday.
The money will enable 78 million meals to be distributed to people in 20 countries.
“Raising more than half of the targeted donations in less than a week since the launch of the campaign reflects the keenness of the UAE community to support the country’s humanitarian efforts to provide relief to people in need across the world,” said Mohammad Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and secretary general of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives.
The Emirates will pay for 100 million meals during Ramadan.
Donations poured in from individuals and companies, inside and outside the UAE, since the campaign was launched on April 11.
Every Dh1 donated helps to provide one meal in countries across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Poor families, refugees, orphans and widows in Jordan, Egypt and Pakistan have started receiving ingredients that will help them prepare meals throughout the holy month.
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, which organised the 100 Million Meals campaign, has joined up with international and local partners in each beneficiary country to deliver the parcels.
A website set up for the campaign allows the public to donate as little as Dh10 to fund 10 meals, rising to Dh500 or more.
UAE residents and citizens can donate through the phone providers Etisalat and Du.
To donate, text the word “meal” to the following numbers:
1034 for a Dh10 contribution
1035 for a Dh50 contribution
1036 for a Dh100 contribution
1037 for a Dh300 contribution
1038 for a Dh500 contribution
Larger donations can be made via the campaign’s call centre on 800 4999.