Project Rise volunteers of all ages from the Dawoodi Bohra community of San Francisco took to the street on Old Canyon Road in the Niles Area of Fremont to pick up cans, bottles, cigarette butts, and other trash throughout the neighborhood near Mohammedi Masjid.
Bordered by the environmentally sensitive Alameda Creek, trash of all types is often left behind by recreational visitors who frequent the creek, particularly during the warm summer months.
The local Bohras procured and distributed trash picker devices, trash bags, gloves and a flyer to all those living along Old Canyon Road inviting them to join in beautifying the neighborhood on World Cleanup Day.
“Cleanliness and care for the environment are core to the Islamic faith and are thus key priorities for the Dawoodi Bohra community,” said Hatim Sidhpurwala, a volunteer and organizer of the event.
“Trash around the neighborhood isn’t just an eye sore but also can be an environmental hazard for the nearby watershed. We love Old Canyon Road and are proud to rally the community and help,” he added.
“It was a really cool opportunity to get together with friends and spend my Saturday afternoon giving back. It makes me sad to see litter but it’s neat to know that I made a difference,” said Mohammed, a Bohra 7th grader who attends a local public school.
The Dawoodi Bohra community has long supported clean-ups along Old Canyon Road and the Alameda Creek as part of the community’s global Project Rise initiative, through which the Dawoodi Bohras regularly lead practical efforts to conserve, enhance and clear up the natural environment, while raising awareness of the need for sustainable development.