April 27th 2017, Nairobi
Her Excellency Mrs Margaret Kenyatta, First Lady of Kenya accepted an invitation to visit the newly opened Al Jamea tus Saifiyah campus in Nairobi on Thursday.
She was received and accompanied throughout the visit by Busaheba Johratus Sharaf Aaisaheba (His Holiness’s wife), Shahzada Qaidjoher bhaisaheb, other members of the royal family, faculty and senior community members.
As with the President the First Lady toured the entire campus before having high tea and then an audience with the girls student body. There she spoke of her hope that the students would contribute to the betterment of society. In that regard the students learnt of her own endeavours which include many charitable efforts. One of the most telling of these has been that which has cut infant mortality in Kenya through mobile ambulances.
Her Excellency was warmly received and her friendly smile, poise and humility shone through. There was clearly an instant rapport with Busaheba and other members of the community and at the end of the almost 3 hour visit she commented that she didn’t feel like leaving.
Following is a news report of the visit:
First Lady Receives Sh 5.2 million from the Dawoodi Bohra Community towards the Beyond Zero Initiative
NAIROBI, 27th APRI, 2017 (PSCU)—First Lady Margaret Kenyatta today received Sh 5.2 million from the Dawoodi Bohra Community towards the Beyond Zero initiative.
The money was donated by His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin when the First Lady made an extensive tour of the Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah Arabic Academy (Nairobi Campus) in Karen, where she also addressed the students.
The First Lady told the students to always stand for what is right even when the truth is not necessarily popular.
She told the young students to also learn to think critically, live responsibly and act compassionately as they seek to make the world a better place.
“And a better world is something we desperately need”, said the First Lady who also made an extensive tour of the academy and also fielded questions from the students.
The learners at the Dawoodi Bohra Community sponsored academy are drawn from all over the world including Europe, America, India, the Arab Emirates and parts East Africa.
President Uhuru Kenyatta visited the same academy last week on Thursday.
The First Lady hailed the institution for ensuring a holistic and stimulating learning experience that equips the students with adequate skills to serve as upright citizens of the world.
“You have been enriched with a unique experience of living with diverse people, and to treat all people with dignity and respect. Here, you have learned to serve and to leverage your talents not just for personal success, but to build a better world”, she told the students
Talking about her own experiences, the First Lady told the students that nothing prepares individuals for the various complexities of this world including painful problems, some of which she had experienced during the last four years working with mothers and children under the Beyond Zero initiative.
“I have seen many pressing and sometimes painful problems. Over the past few month in Kenya, we have experienced the plight of a harsh drought, seen many deaths and families broken. But I have also seen the undying generosity and love of Kenyans – who have given of themselves to change the narrative and give hope to these vulnerable communities”, she said.
The First Lady said the generosity by Kenyans was best demonstrated during the recent drought mitigation initiatives where an estimated 3 million people were threatened by starvation.
She told the students to always practice what they had learnt at the academy especially in regard to the plight of other people.
“I believe here you have been taught that the plight of others is important, and that the problems around us, ultimately, affect all of us, and that because you have been given much, you must give much in the world”, she told the young minds.
Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah academy is the premier educational institute of the Dawoodi Bohra community.
The Academy’s objectives includes preparing young Dawoodi Bohra students to take up roles of leadership within the community.
It aims to produce individuals who are dedicated to serving others and committed to acting in accordance with the values, principles and ideals they have learnt during the course of their education.
Others who addressed the students included Dr Nafeesa Moosabhoy from the US and Mrs Zainab Jafar us Sadiq.