As part of Project Rise – a global initiative established to improve the lives of the less fortunate among us – the Dawoodi Bohras are engaging in a wide range of local activities to provide practical help to the hungry and homeless. Project Rise takes its inspiration from the teachings of Islam and the Prophetic traditions, which instruct Muslims to work for the betterment of others.
Yusuf Hakimuddin, a member of Project Rise, said ‘The Dawoodi Bohras have always believed that nobody should go to bed hungry, and that is why – as part of Project Rise – we provide food, financial support, and willing volunteers to food banks all over the world on a regular basis. But this year, World Food Day falls during the Covid-19 pandemic, reminding us that the numbers of homeless, hungry and malnourished people are increasing in every city in the world. Bohras everywhere want to help.’
Everywhere in the world that Dawoodi Bohras live, action is being taken today:
In Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata and other parts of India, students from MSB Educational Institutes have organized virtual seminars and initiated poster-making competitions to create awareness regarding global hunger and food wastage, and to show appreciation for Food Heroes. Food banks have been set up at numerous locations to distribute cooked meals and dry rations to those in need.
In London, Bohras are hosting a food drive supported by members of the faith in aid of a local food bank.
Bohras from across the United States – including California, Washington, Texas, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois and Michigan – are donating and distributing many thousands of pounds of food to vulnerable families and volunteering to serve hot meals to people in homeless shelters.
Similarly, in Australia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Middle East & East Africa, Bohras have undertaken a host of activities to promote food security and spread the message of Zero Hunger.
And – earlier this week – Bohras from Toronto provided turkeys to homeless shelters to help them celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving.
Every year, students and alumni of the international chain of 24 MSB Educational Institutes join forces to help relieve hunger and malnutrition. Huzaifa Kukshiwala, Grade 9 student of MSB Educational Institute in Mumbai, said, ‘The Covid-19 crisis has been a time to reflect on how we produce food and make our food systems more resilient, robust and sustainable. Collectively – through a range of sustained efforts – we can build a world where everyone has enough of the right kinds of food to eat.’
Mr Hakimuddin continued, ‘As well as tackling hunger and malnutrition, Bohras also take very seriously the need to reduce food waste. A huge global issue, Bohras have been striving to eliminate this problem within their communities by cooking, serving and taking only what is needed.’
All activities on World Food Day are being undertaken with strict adherence to Covid-19 restrictions, including social distancing, wearing masks, and maintaining high standards of hygiene.
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