Members of the Dawoodi Bohra community in Mumbai, in association with the Rotary Club of Bombay Pier, celebrated India’s 74th Independence Day by spending time with vulnerable street children sheltered at ‘Dreamz homes’.
‘Dreamz homes’ is a rehabilitation and shelter home for street children and orphans.
A community member present at the event said the programme began with a flag hoisting ceremony, followed by the playing of the national anthem.
Interactive sessions and fun-filled activities marked the celebrations during which members also served a special meal and sweets to children and staff of ‘Dreamz Homes’, he said, adding that keeping with the Covid-19 outbreak, the entire event was executed while strictly maintaining guidelines of hygiene and social distancing.
“Independence Day is an important occasion that fills our hearts with pride and joy, and it is such a warm feeling to have celebrated this occasion with children who need our love and care now more than even,” said Husain Rassai member of the Bohra community in Khar and a volunteer of ‘Project Rise’ which is a global philanthropic initiative of the Dawoodi Bohra community.
He said as per the teachings of Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, the community looks forward to undertaking many such social welfare programs, especially helping destitute children and youth, under the banner of ‘Project Rise’.
On the occasion, the Dawoodi Bohra community and Rotary Club of Bombay Pier also distributed books and extended monetary help to ‘Dreamz Homes’ to further its cause in supporting the less fortunate children in society.
Ashish Shah, Rotary Club of Bombay pier said, “Community-based events are of great importance to these children as it allows them to meet and engage with people from different walks of life along with sharing those joyous moments which they cherished for a lifetime.”
“On this auspicious day, we pledge to continue with our efforts in providing a better quality of life and safer future to the less fortunate among us,” Shah added.
Over 60 vulnerable street children and orphans are housed in Dreamz Homes which serves as a rehabilitation and shelter home to these children while also addressing basic needs like food, clothing, shelter, education, health and skills training.
By: Murtuza Merchant