The Dawoodi Bohras of Nairobi came out in support of communities living in the city’s Kibera division in the aftermath of a disastrous fire. Upon receiving the news, community members organised a collection drive for relief supplies to assist those affected.
Various articles of clothing as well as blankets, materials for shelter, food, and monetary donations were received personally by the area’s Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) and representatives from the local Police Department.
The survivors were distressed and welcomed the community’s intervention at such a time. ‘Asanteni sana! (thank you all very much). This community is always ready to help the needy, it is a true representation of humanity,’ said the DCC Mr Henry Ochako.
Kibera, known as the largest urban slum in Africa, is characterised by unsafe structures, a lack of basic amenities and high levels of poverty which made the impact of the fire even more severe on its residents.
The Dawoodi Bohras of Nairobi took this initiative under the banner of Project Rise; the community’s global philanthropic arm that encourages members to bring about change by taking welfare initiatives to the grassroots. In addition to this, Project Rise looks to bring about meaningful changes in multiple focus areas including education, food & nutrition, water security, environment conservation and healthcare.