As part of an annual Ramadan giving effort to those experiencing homelessness in the Bay Area, the Dawoodi Bohra community of San Francisco significantly expanded its effort to provide hygiene and snack packs to those in need during the Holy Month. Every year, Dawoodi Bohra families purchase goods and assemble them into individual kits at Masjid-e-Mohammedi, in Fremont. This year, from an outpouring of community support, we almost doubled the number of kits to over 220 such packets for beneficiaries of Abode Services, a NGI that assists low-income, un-housed people, including those with special needs, to secure stable, supportive housing.

Yusuf Asgerally, the Dawoodi Bohra’s volunteer coordinator of the long-standing partnership with Abode Services commented, “His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS has placed an emphasis on giving to the less fortunate. COVID-19 related challenges to our neighborhoods means this has never been more pertinent and timely than now, and the support from Dawoodi Bohra families this year has been just incredible. We blew past our original goal.”

All efforts were carried out in accordance with guidelines provided for proper social distancing practices. In prior years, individual Bohra families would procure items for donation, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, socks, wet wipes, women’s sanitary products, diapers for children, granola bars, fruit cups, water, and other necessary hygiene and snack products.  On a Saturday afternoon during Ramadan, adults and children alike would come together and assemble individual packets for delivery to Abode Services. Given COVID-19 related considerations, this year Bohra families simply sponsored packets with a monetary commitment.  A small team of Bohra volunteers then purchased, packaged, and delivered items while adhering to social distancing and other relevant guidelines.

Mr. Asgerally continued, “While it’s something we’ve done for several years now, it’s really important that we make extra efforts to step up and lend a hand right now.  The un-housed population is particularly vulnerable, so we’re honored to lean in and help make a difference.  We know how critical some of these basic supplies can be.”

A new video by the Dawoodi Bohras highlights the community’s international COVID related giving efforts during Ramadan, a global effort of which the Bohras of San Francisco are a part.