India marked its 73rd Independence Day on 15th August 2019 with much enthusiasm and fervour. Various events and gatherings were organised across the country to celebrate the spirit of freedom. The Dawoodi Bohra community also marked this important day by partnering with charitable organisations to feed the hungry and help those in need.
Here are some of the programs undertaken by the community’s philanthropic initiative – Project Rise – on Independence Day to spread joy and happiness among its fellow citizens
Freedom from Malnutrition – Roha & Govandi, Maharashtra
As part of its sustained nutrition program, members of the Dawoodi Bohra community in partnership with the Association for Nutrition and Development Action (ANNADA) engaged with children and mothers in Govandi and Roha near Mumbai to work towards freedom from malnutrition for our children.
In addition to a variety of fun filled activities, informative videos were shown highlighting the importance of breastfeeding, complementary feeding and the need for adequate nutrition during childhood. An interactive session was also conducted by volunteers from ASHA Foundation to create awareness about nutrition and highlight best hygiene practices for the overall well being of both mothers and children. The celebration was concluded with the distribution of micronutrient fortified laddus, fruits and nutritious snacks to all participants.
Free Medical Camp in Mumbai:
Community members in Mumbai organised a free multi speciality health camp in conjunction with Saifee Hospital. More than 500 people benefited from the camp which provided both screening and testing as well as free medication.
Cleanup activity by students from Raudat al-Quran:
Students from Raudat al-Quran participated in various activities to celebrate Independence Day. Beginning with a flag hoisting ceremony on the sandy shores of Juhu beach, one group of students spent the day engaged in cleanup activities and interacting with locals about the importance of conservation and reducing plastic pollution in and around water bodies.
Another group visited the Dharavi area to get a feel of what Independence Day is all about for the locals. They greeted fellow citizens with warm smiles and handed them gifts and warm plates of food to celebrate the occasion.
Feeding the Hungry:
Community members in Ujjain partnered with The Robin Hood Army going door to door, to deliver food packets and provisions to more than 153 families in impoverished areas of the city, while those in Dungarpur distributed fruits and other healthy eatables to more than 300 patients undergoing treatment at the General Government Hospital.
Footwear for School Children:
For many children living in impoverished parts of Chennai, the prospect of walking to and from school each day for miles, is made all the more daunting by a lack of proper footwear which makes them susceptible to injury and infection. Community members in Chennai donated a new pair of school shoes to all the students of Chennai Middle School on Independence Day in an effort to alleviate the difficult conditions under which these children live and study.