Melbourne Dawoodi Bohras Undertake Food Security initiatives During Ramadan

In the spirit of Ramadan—a time for reflection, devotion, and community—the Dawoodi Bohras of Melbourne engaged in charitable activities aimed at supporting the local community. These initiatives were part of the global Dawoodi Bohra community’s Project Rise, a comprehensive effort to raise the living standards of those in need around the world.

Under the guidance of their global leader, His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, the Dawoodi Bohras regard feeding the hungry as a core priority of their faith. The Melbourne Dawoodi Bohras committed to two main initiatives during the holy month of Ramadan.

Donating food to local food banks

Recognizing the crucial need for food security, the community collected essential food items on a daily basis and donated these to local food banks, ensuring that families in need have access to nutritious meals.

Donating surplus meals during Ramadan

Surplus meals prepared for iftars (the breaking of the fast) were donated to food banks, embodying the spirit of sharing and generosity that Ramadan represents.

“Thank you for supporting our vision for a future where no one goes hungry and food is valued, not wasted,” said Meryl Keioskie, Customer Experience & Fundraising Coordinator of OzHarvest. 

“Your support will help us to grow our impact as we support a network of 1,900 charities feeding the most vulnerable in communities across Australia.

“Donations are crucial to help keep our wheels turning, stopping good food from going to waste and making sure it gets to those who need it most. Thanks to your support, we are also able to react quickly with emergency food relief in times of need and crisis,” Keioskie said.

Marilyn Lambert, Secretary of Outer East Foodshare, added, “Thanks for the 200 meals the Dawoodi Bohras have donated to Outer East Foodshare. The meals are being distributed to food relief agencies for their clients over the next few days and weeks. Easy to reheat meals are most welcomed by those who are housebound and unable to prepare their own meals.”

Project Rise was launched in India to help alleviate hunger in some of the poorest parts of the country.  Now, in partnership with government bodies and local organizations around the world, Project Rise spans a range of countries and policy areas, including healthcare, nutrition, sanitation and hygiene, environmental responsibility and conservation, and education.

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