Earth Day marks a key moment to reflect on the environment and recommit to stewardship of the lands in which we work, learn, and play. As part of this annual commemoration, Dawoodi Bohra volunteers in Fremont, California committed to a two-day partnership with the City of Fremont.
On Saturday, 21 April, a dozen Dawoodi Bohra men and women teamed up with the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, along with other local non-profits, to rehabilitate Buena Vista Park, an old park three miles south of Masjid-e-Mohammedi. Bohra volunteers planted sorely needed trees, mulched dry spots throughout the park, and planted shrubs to restore degraded pollinator habitats. Fremont Mayor Lily Mei and City Councilman Rick Jones personally came out to lend a hand with the effort.
Then, on Sunday, a cadre of energetic teens from the community partnered with LEAF (Local Ecology and Agriculture Fremont) to support an Earth Day festival promoting healthy pesticide free food and environmentally sustainable gardening and ecological practices. The teens helped with set up and take down, ran a fun filled games booth and kept younger visitors excited about Earth Day. Mr. Yang Shao, President of the Fremont Unified School District Board, recognized Bohra teens for their service and commitment to the event.