Between November 2021 and January 2022, Dawoodi Bohra community members distributed more than 1500 blankets in 19 cities across India in an effort to help the underprivileged combat the winter season.
This winter season, parts of North, Central and Western India have been affected by a temperature dip caused in part by a weather phenomenon known as La Niña. During winter months, the La Niña causes cold westerlies to flow across Afghanistan, Iran and the Hindu Kush mountains causing winter temperatures in India to drop as a consequence.
In many cities, community members even went out late at night to drape blankets over people sleeping on pavements or under bridges. Hamza Husami, president of the Aurangabad community said, ‘When we pitched the idea of distributing blankets, community members appreciated it and quickly took the initiative to contribute.’ In Mumbra, suburban Mumbai, one community member contributed 100 blankets to extend the outreach. The community’s president Moiz Sunelwala said, ‘In addition to this, people also contributed thoroughly washed used blankets.’
The country-wide drive was conducted as part of Project Rise, the Dawoodi Bohra community’s global philanthropic arm, that looks to mobilise volunteers across different focus areas to assist and uplift the less fortunate sections of society.