Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner was welcomed by Prince Malekulashtar Shujauddin on his visit to the city’s Dawoodi Bohra masjid complex on July 22, 2019 to recognise the community’s commitment to end food waste and foster environmental sustainability initiatives.
U.S. Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia and Texas State Representative Gina Calanni joined the mayor at the community’s annual event along with representatives from the offices of Congressman Al Green and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo (both of whom also honored the community with certificates of recognition), Greater Houston area’s political and judicial leadership and interfaith organisations.
Mayor Turner’s keynote speech highlighted the Dawoodi Bohra community’s worldwide goal to reduce food waste and nurture the environment under the leadership of His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS.
“While this building is a marvel, it is the community that calls it home that is the real treasure for Houston,” Turner said, referring to the Fatimi architectural aesthetic of the masjid. “The Dawoodi Bohras are a vital part of the Houston community, owning and operating small businesses and serving as doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers, and professionals in all fields. [They] are working to help clean the environment in Houston by minimising trash, eliminating plastic usage, planting trees and looking for more environmentally sustainable energy solutions… I applaud the leadership and responsiveness of this community. Your generosity truly reflects the spirit of Houston as your kindred spirit reflects the spirit of Texas.”
Over the past year, the Dawoodi Bohra community in Houston has made use of key mobile technologies and forged relationships with local service organisations to eliminate food wastage.
Days prior to any scheduled community event, families RSVP using a phone app, allowing food service managers to prepare an adequate number of meals relative to expected attendance. Following the event, any excess food is offered to local shelters to reduce hunger in the Houston area.