The Dawoodi Bohra community of Leicester came together in support of Open Hands Trust. A Leicester-based charity, Open Hands run a number of initiatives including a food shop for those in need. The food shop is a free service which relies on donated food and serves individuals facing hardships in Leicester. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic local food banks have seen an insurmountable need for donations of food and other necessities.
Leicester Dawoodi Bohras took into account the inspirational philosophy and teachings of their spiritual leader, His Holiness Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin to help those in need and to support the communities in which they reside. Taking these principles into action, volunteers came together to donate food items and arranged drop offs to the Open Hands Compassion Centre.
In response to their efforts, Open Hands sent a warm response stating:
“Let me just say a huge thank you for setting up a food drive for us. We appreciate that you have taken the trouble to engage people in helping the vulnerable of our city”.
The Leicester Dawoodi Bohra community used the guidance and support of Project Rise to facilitate their voluntary work. Project Rise is a worldwide initiative to elevate society’s less fortunate and foster a culture of empathy and generosity. As the World continues to tackle the unprecedented consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, Leicester Dawoodi Bohras will continue to facilitate an ongoing relationship with Open Hands and hope to play a part to support those struggling with food insecurity, economic hardships, and other barriers to betterment.