Every day, women and children worldwide spend 200 million hours fetching water, often from contaminated sources – a stark reality underpinning the critical need for safe and accessible water resources. The Dawoodi Bohras of Seattle came together recently to support Mariyah Khambati, a passionate grade 9 student and member of the youth board of Water1st to tackle this challenge head-on. Water1st is a nonprofit that provides safe drinking water and sanitation in developing countries, particularly in Kenya. It helps vulnerable communities to establish and maintain community-managed projects giving access to clean water supply, toilets, and hygiene education. Their objective is to end the walk to fetch water for women and girls so that they can spend the time earning an income and going to school.
During the holy month of Ramadan, the Seattle Bohras hosted a souq which showcased the various businesses and culinary talents of traders from the community. Most stall owners donated their proceeds to fostership efforts and to help combat food insecurity. Mariyah took this opportunity of the community coming together to raise awareness of Water1st by hosting a fundraiser food stall. As the community learned about the upcoming Water1st International Walk Day on May 7th, 2023, they enthusiastically joined Mariyah’s cause. Community members walked a 5km loop at Seattle Center, symbolically carrying gallons of water, demonstrating their solidarity with Water1st and supporting Project Rise initiatives.
Project Rise, a philanthropic endeavor initiated by His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin is undertaken in Dawoodi Bohra communities worldwide. It encompasses various initiatives in healthcare, nutrition, water and sanitation, environmental responsibility and conservation, and education. Project Rise aims to create a culture of empathy, awareness, and generosity, ensuring that no individual is neglected or marginalized. Its ultimate goal is to uplift people’s lives and provide them with comfort and dignity.
The Dawoodi Bohras of Seattle deeply appreciate Mariyah Khambati’s dedication to this cause, and her efforts have inspired the community to organize more social events for the betterment of society. By actively participating in initiatives like the Water1st – Carry 5 Walk for Water, the Dawoodi Bohras of Seattle contribute to the important mission of providing clean water and improved sanitation to those in need.