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Dawoodi Bohra volunteers in Kolkata, West Bengal, served cooked meals to the less fortunate at Ward 53 near Maulana Azad College, under the banner of Project Rise. For the past two months, volunteers have been providing cooked meals and dry rations to thousands of people across fourteen different locations in and around the city.

These relief efforts have been executed with the coordination and support of the local authorities and members of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation while strictly maintaining codes of hygiene and social distancing. The latest distribution drive was joined by the Honourable MLA Smt. Nayna Bandyopadhyay alongside Councillor Indrani Saha Bannerjee.

The coordinator of the program, Taher Totanawala said: ‘People have been already suffering from the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown, and on top of that, Cyclone Amphan hit and devastated the city and its citizens. As His Holiness Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS always counsels, it is our duty to society to come forward and lend a helping hand to those in need.’

Community volunteers have been providing these relief efforts as part of the Bohra community’s international philanthropic endeavour — Project Rise — which aims to raise the less fortunate and uplift the living standards of its beneficiaries. Especially in times of disaster, Project Rise volunteers across the world have stepped up their efforts by providing free meals, water security, healthcare support and other forms of aid to local communities.