In 2018, a group of friends from the Dawoodi Bohra community of London started playing badminton together at Southall Sports Centre as a fun way to socialise and help each other stay fit. As the group of friends expanded, so did the commitment, and now more than 20 London Bohras meet up to three days…
“What do you want to be when you grow up, Jamila?” the kindergarten teacher asked.
“An author,” she replied, without hesitation.
Jamila Khambalia is a tax accountant and mother of two. She has always had a love of the English language, and enjoyed creative writing as a child. Despite ultimately choosing a very different career path, her passion to be an author continued to burn at the back of her mind.
Many people continue to struggle during the coronavirus pandemic and this was further exacerbated by Storm Eunice which impacted much of England. The compounding effect of coronavirus and unprecedented climate disruption makes food banks across the UK a primary source of relief. In an effort to raise awareness of food insecurity and support the hungry, the Dawoodi Bohras of London organised a collection of food and useful items for the Ealing and Slough food banks in the Greater London area following Storm Eunice.
Parents initiated a system using existing communication platforms to remind parents to Lateral Flow test their children and bring the results on Saturday morning when they came for drop off. A dedicated team of community members and parents arrive early every Saturday to set up testing checkpoints, offer advice on the importance of testing, and provide self-testing on site if needed. As a result, the vast majority of children have been testing every week at home on Saturdays and understand the importance of doing so.
Drawing inspiration from Macmillan’s “World’s Biggest Coffee Morning”, the Ladies of London organised their very own “Afternoon Chai” event, selling both sweet and savoury items such as cakes, cookies, samosas and chaat, with endless cups of spiced Indian chai. There was something for every taste, including a chocolate fountain, fresh waffles and even a face painting station for children.
The Dawoodi Bohras of London were privileged to welcome Her Excellency High Commissioner of India Gaitri I Kumar to their Masjid at Mohammedi Park Complex in Northolt, London, to mark the 75th Anniversary of relations between India and the UK.
On 11th July, members of the Dawoodi Bohra community of London held a “Women’s Wellness Walk” to enjoy – and raise awareness of – the benefits of walking for physical and mental health.
Over 20 women made the 5-mile walk around the grounds of Holland Park and Hyde Park in central London. Women of all ages participated, from teenagers through to ladies in their 70s. The walk was presided over by Umaima Zainuddin, head of the local Bohra women’s association.
For her school project, Amatullah Upriwala of the Dawoodi Bohras of London and her classmate Amani Mohamed were asked to raise money for a cause they were passionate about. Being residents of the Borough of Ealing, they chose to fundraise for the Ealing Foodbank.
Tree Planting Last week, the Dawoodi Bohras of London held a tree planting ceremony in honour of HRH The Prince Philip. The head of the local Bohra community, Dr Idris Zainuddin, was joined by Mayor of Ealing Cllr Munir Ahmed and Ealing Councilor Tariq Mahmood to plant a maple tree in the grounds of the…
To mark this year’s World Environment Day, a group of enthusiastic young Dawoodi Bohra children took to their local streets in West London to remove all plastic waste, bottles, cans and scrap paper. They set out one morning and cleaned 3 roads completely in 2 hours, collecting over 150 litres of rubbish from the streets….