Global development challenges, ranging from hunger and poverty to climate crisis and education, cannot be addressed in isolation. Collective and collaborative efforts are required to ensure improved socio-economic conditions for children and families the world over.

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About Project Rise

Project Rise is a Dawoodi Bohra initiative dedicated to uplifting the lives of individuals and communities around the world. Its vision is to help create a resilient, sustainable, and prospering global society, where no one is neglected or marginalised. 

Inspired by the teachings of Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, the Dawoodi Bohras launched Project Rise in 2018 with the aim of alleviating hunger in some of the most poverty-stricken parts of India, with a particular focus on aiding children suffering from severe malnutrition. 

Since then, Project Rise has expanded in scope and area, in accordance with Syedna’s guidance. Volunteers from Dawoodi Bohra communities across the globe are partnering with local governments, organisations, and activists to integrate their programs with local needs to support vulnerable communities and foster sustainability and development.

Today, Project Rise deals with a wide spectrum of initiatives across five major focus areas: food and nutrition, education, healthcare, water and sanitation, and environmental conservation, in solidarity with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Project Rise volunteers are hopeful that, with the support of their collaborators and partners, their efforts stand as small yet meaningful steps on the road to addressing pressing global challenges and making the world a better place for all its inhabitants.

Our Philosophy

The inspiration for Project Rise is rooted in Islamic teachings. Islam enjoins love for all Creation, because true love for the Creator necessitates love for His Creation. The Prophet Mohammed has stated: ‘All of Creation is a family dependent upon Allah. Therefore the most beloved of Creation to Him is the one who benefits His family the most.’

Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin teaches that benefiting others is at the heart of Islamic teachings and that it is the essence of  knowledge and education. Helping others and spreading goodwill, Syedna states, fulfills the purpose of the creation of humankind.

Empowered by this philosophy, Dawoodi Bohras embrace the obligation to uplift their societies by helping those in need and preserving the natural environment. Under the banner of Project Rise, Bohra communities have established programmes to foster positive and sustained change wherever the community is present across the globe.

As a faith community, the Dawoodi Bohras have long recognised their role and responsibility in fulfilling their duty towards their human family and safeguarding the natural world. Today, especially, they stand in unity with communities around the world with a common commitment to address the global climate crisis and promote sustainable development.



‘Prefer for others what you prefer for yourself.’ – The Prophet Mohammed

Environment

A fundamental shift in humanity’s relationship with nature is essential, especially as the earth faces the triple-fold crisis of climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss. Crucial goals for Project Rise include environmental conservation, combating pollution and mitigating climate change and its effects, and especially their impact on vulnerable communities. The Dawoodi Bohras have long been an advocate for environmental responsibility and conservation; the community’s environmental awareness arm, Burhani Foundation, has worked towards a greener, cleaner world since its inception in 1992.

From planting thousands of trees, cleaning up water bodies, conserving wildlife and supporting climate activists, Project Rise volunteers are making an effort to help save our earth. Through sustained programmes and partnerships, such as Turning the Tide Against Plastic Pollution and Happy Nests, community members are working to reduce waste, eliminate single-use plastics and educate communities on the importance of sustainability.



Initiatives

The Bohra community has long been an advocate for environmental responsibility and conservation. The bounties of nature are gifts from the Almighty and safeguarding those bounties for future generations is considered to be a responsibility that falls upon every individual. The community’s environmental awareness arm, Burhani Foundation, has actively undertaken initiatives towards a greener, cleaner world since its inception in 1992. From tree plantation drives to cleanup activities to wildlife conservation exercises, the foundation seeks to address all forms of environmental concerns.

With the world’s oceans increasingly coming under the grip of plastic pollution, there is an immediate need for individuals and collectives across the globe to join forces in this fight against plastic pollution. Realising this urgent need for action, the Bohra community joined forces with UN Champion of the Earth, Afroz Shah in implementing a water body cleanup movement titled ‘Turning the Tide’ against plastic pollution.

The late His Holiness Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin states: ‘The planting of trees is a most beneficial act for they lend beauty to the earth and bring about a downpour of Allah’s blessings.’

Food and Nutrition

Food is one of the most basic human necessities. A core priority for Project Rise is working to eliminate hunger and tackle malnutrition, especially in children and mothers. Along with conducting regular food drives and sustained programmes across the globe with the aim of zero hunger, the community also endeavours to eliminate food wastage. Project Rise volunteers also provide food to victims of natural calamities as part of disaster relief efforts worldwide.

Project Rise has partnered with government organisations and charities in India to provide nutritional supplements to malnourished children and pregnant and lactating mothers in impoverished areas. Supported by the groundbreaking FMB community kitchen initiative, which aims to deliver one freshly prepared, wholesome meal to every Bohra household each day, food drives for vulnerable sections of the broader society are regularly conducted around the world.



Initiatives

The Dawoodi Bohra community kitchen, better known as FMB, is a groundbreaking initiative envisioned and started by the late His Holiness Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin. It has been a cause particularly close to the heart of his successor, His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin who has personally seen to its growth and development over the years. FMB aims to deliver one hand-cooked, wholesome meal to every Bohra household across the world, each day.

A sister initiative known as ‘Dana Committee’ complements the community kitchen by striving to ensure that not even a grain of food goes to waste. Systems are put in place so that only the required amount of food is prepared for any given occasion. If however there is excess as a result of unforeseen circumstances, the extra food is properly packaged and distributed to those who put in a request as well as those in need.

As an extension of the FMB initiative meant to reach out to the broader society, food drives are conducted on a regular basis by community members across the world. These are done either in partnership with food banks and other charities or by the community itself. Expert advice from nutritionists is shared so that people maintain a healthy diet and make the most of existing provisions so as to curb waste.

The community has also partnered with government organisations and charities in Maharashtra and other parts of India to provide specialised supplements to malnourished children in impoverished areas. Special foods are also provided to lactating mothers as well as educational sessions about the best practices to ensure healthy growth and development in young children.

‘A meal intended for one suffices two.’ – Imam Jaʿfar al-Sadiq

Healthcare

The Dawoodi Bohra community is a firm advocate of healthcare for all, as reflected in the numerous community-run hospitals that provide high-quality, affordable health facilities, such as Saifee Hospital in Mumbai. 

To further address inequalities in healthcare and provide access to basic medical facilities in underdeveloped areas, Project Rise volunteers have mobilised to organise health camps in both rural and urban areas, providing free medication and healthcare services and promoting awareness and action against disease. Specialist doctors and medical professionals from the community volunteer their time and services to the cause, travelling to remote destinations so that more people can receive proper diagnosis and treatment.

In the aftermath of natural calamities, such as the devastating floods in Pakistan 2022, doctors and volunteers mobilised to provide medical assistance to victims in disaster-affected areas. Project Rise efforts also include donating state-of-the-art medical equipment and infrastructure to hospitals and healthcare facilities around the world.



Initiatives

In an attempt to remedy this situation and make sure that more people receive proper diagnosis and treatment, especially for lifestyle diseases and the more prevalent conditions where early diagnosis is most important, the community conducts free health camps at regular intervals in both rural and urban areas. Specialist doctors and medical practitioners from within the community volunteer their time and services to the cause, often travelling to remote destinations so that as many people as possible can benefit from their medical expertise.

The Prophet Mohammed states
‘Seek treatment for Allah has not sent down an ailment
but he has sent down with it a cure.’

Water & Sanitation

Ensuring clean water for all is a major aim of Project Rise. Community members and volunteers are committed to conserving water while exploring innovative avenues of utilising Earth’s water supply.

Project Rise undertakes various projects to bring fresh water to rural areas in India such as installing hand pumps, practising rainwater harvesting and water reclamation practices. Volunteers have worked to build sanitation facilities as well as raise awareness of water conservation and sanitation practices in rural villages.

The Project Rise Water Security and Farmer Upliftment programme strives to tackle climate-related effects such as monsoon failure, aggressive evaporation due to high temperatures and depleting rainfall levels in rural India, which have greatly impacted agriculture. The project has introduced watershed management and water storage measures such as farm ponds and check dams to maximise existing water sources and provide water security to farmers.



Initiatives

The Dawoodi Bohra community is spearheading the ‘Turning the Tide’ initiative against water pollution and also undertakes various other projects to bring fresh clean water to rural areas in India. These include the installation of hand pumps, implementation of rainwater harvesting and water reclamation practices.

Another recently implemented project strives to tackle the ever growing concerns of Monsoon failure, aggressive evaporation due to higher temperatures and depleting rainfall levels in rural India, which have greatly impacted agriculture. The project has introduced farm ponds, check dams, farm bunds and desilting equipment to maximise existing water sources and provide water security to farmers. Awareness camps are also conducted in such areas to educate the populace about proper sanitary practices as well as modern conservation techniques along with how to make the most out of existing water supplies.

His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin states
‘It is imperative to offer gratitude to Allah and not waste water,
the Prophet Mohammed teaches us to conserve and preserve all natural resources.’

Conclusion

With these initiatives and more, Project Rise looks to the future and strives to enrich the lives of as many people as it can by establishing a legacy of philanthropy that will hopefully endure and inspire generations to come.

Project Rise is an umbrella initiative by the worldwide Dawoodi Bohra community which sets out to synergise the various philanthropic contributions of its institutions and members into a unified entity. As the name suggests, its core aim is to raise and elevate society’s less fortunate in every aspect of life to such a level, that they too become empowered to do the same for others. It strives to foster a widespread culture of empathy, awareness and generosity which culminates in a society where no individual is neglected overlooked or marginalised.

Project Rise deals with a wide spectrum of initiatives and activities in varied fields including but not limited to healthcare, nutrition, hygiene, environmental responsibility and conservation as well as education. It aims to bring about a wholesome and comprehensive uplift in the lives of all humankind.

The inspiration for this project is deeply rooted in the teachings of Islam and the Prophetic traditions. These exhort Muslims to always strive for the betterment of others and exalt individuals who sacrifice their own needs for those of the collective, all the while establishing such acts as inherent parts of faith and essential hallmarks of true Islam.

The Prophet Mohammed states: ‘All creation is a family dependent on Allah. The most beloved of all creation to Him, therefore, is the one who benefits his family the most’.

Empowered by this philosophy of philanthropy, the Dawoodi Bohra community under the banner of Project Rise, sets out to give back and contribute to the best of its abilities, towards fostering positive and sustained change on a global level.

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