In June 2016 our Dubai office launched "Operation: #shoeboxlove", an initiative to fill shoeboxes with essential items for male expatriate laborers. They work in difficult circumstances, often in intense heat outdoors. The goal was 30 boxes, one for each day of the month of Ramadan. They were filled with non-perishable food, toiletries and long distance phone cards. Dubai staff exceeded this target and filled a total of 40 boxes for distribution in the Muhaisnah/Sonapur area.
The SITA team in Trivandrum, Kerala, India raised a significant donation in the amount of INR 65,000 (US$1,000) for the local Trinity Balabhavan hostel which provides a home and educational support for underprivileged students aged 3 to 12. On 3 June 2016 the SITA team visited the hostel and made an in-person delivery of beds, pillows, bed sheets, toiletries, stationery items and school bags for the students. It was welcome support to the 41 children residing there.
On 27 May 2016 Jamie Partington, a SITA Business Development Manager based at our Dubai office, completed an extraordinary challenge to run 50 km a day for 7 days to raise money to help fund medical treatment for a friend with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Joined by SITA team members at various points along the way, and supported by donations from colleagues and supporters around the world, Jamie has raised over AED 30,000 (US $8,167).
Mother's day in March this year was an extra special occasion thanks to our staff in Amman, Jordan. A team of nine SITA employees dedicated the day to preparing and distributing care packages to households in one of the poorer areas in the country. They included special gifts to the mothers of the families living there.