How you can help in the UAE

Donors can reach out and help across the UAE in a number of ways.

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* Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi's Big Heart for Syrian Refugee Children campaign is giving Dh6.6m to displaced families in Jordan to mark Eid. The money will help 12,000 families, who have an average of six children each, displaced by the civil war. To donate, text "donate" to your mobile provider. Etisalat users should send the text to: 2000 to give Dh10, 2002 (Dh50), 2003 (Dh100), while du users should text to: 9965 (Dh10), 9967 (Dh50), 9968 (Dh100).

* Dubai Cares, set up by the Vice President, ran a Ramadan campaign called End Poverty, Educate Now, raising funds to help children in developing countries receive abetter education. The organisation will help non-profit schools this year as part of its Volunteer Emirates campaign. In April, Dubai Cares took more than 100 volunteers to renovate Umm Al Qura Private School, a non-profit institution in Umm Al Quwain. Volunteers painted, assembled a new playground and toys, and provided new sports and music equipment. Dubai Cares has helped 8 million children in 31 countries. Volunteer or donate at www.dubaicares.ae/en/section/get-involved.

* Adopt-a-Camp has organised 5,000 care packages for workers, with 9,000 volunteers, on Sheikh Zayed Day for Humanitarian Work. It will continue running its regular campaigns throughout the year. It provides hygiene workshops, counselling, scholarships and arranges free medical, optical and dental treatment for labourers. It also helps workers at abandoned camps. Saher Shaikh, Adopt-a-Camp founder, said: "We're trying to help these men all year round and the more help we can get, the more we can give."

* From September, Abu Dhabi residents can help clean up the city's mangroves as part of Green Abu Dhabi's mangrove clean-up project. Details will be announced soon.

* People can also help animals, particularly those in need of homes. Contact feline friends Abu Dhabi on 050 582 2916 or visit www.felinefriendsuae.com. Alternatively, contact 050 451 0058 for Feline Friends Dubai, or visit www.felinefriendsdubai.com. Dog lovers can sponsor or foster stray and abandoned dogs from K9 friends, by contacting 04 887 8739 or 050 274 1949.

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