By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Ismaili CIVIC, a global programme under which the Shia Ismaili Muslim community serves humanity by rendering voluntary services to vulnerable communities has kicked off this year’s voluntary activities in Uganda with collection of relief aid for various vulnerable groups.
The Muslim’s organization joined by Ugandan music star Edrisah Musuza aka Eddy Kenzo kicked off the activities yesterday Saturday and today Sunday, with collection of relief aid items from their drop off points listed below;
• Aga Khan High School
• Fairway Hotel, Nakasero
• Yujo Restaurant, Nakasero.
Among the items collected include;
•Clothes and Shoes
• Note pads, pens, pencils, crayons, colors
• Old computers/phones
• Small household items such as lamps, pots, pans, utensils, among others that will be delivered to vulnerable communities.
According to their program, starting Monday what ever they’ve collected will be taken to Aga Khan school at old Kampala and sorted out before they start distribution. TheSpy Uganda has learnt that among the beneficiaries of this relief aid include Eddy Kenzo’s Masaka Ghetto Kids Africa, whether they’re expected to receive clothes, shoes, learning materials among others.
According to Mr.Azhar Jaffer,one of the organizers, also Managing Director Fairway Hotel, which is one of the collection centres told our reporter on Saturday that the activity is simultaneously happening in over 26 world countries and all of them uniformly started the exercise yesterday and ends today Sunday before they begin distribution.
Siyan Hudda, the other attendant we found at another collection point in Nakasero said the Ismaili community does this annually for the betterment of the communities.
“Your donation will be deeply appreciated and can help make a difference to those who are less fortunate. Thank you on behalf of the Aga Khan community and the Uganda Ismaili Civic Team,” said Siyan while receiving more from Samaritans who passed by to drop clothes.
Azhar added that by doing such humanitarian activities aimed at improving the communities in which they live, they don’t expect any pay back by the beneficiaries, but it’s in their religious teachings that you have to share with less preveledged in your community for better co-existance and then God rewards you more.
Ismaili CIVIC is a global programme under which the Shia Ismaili Muslim community across the world has united around its centuries old tradition of serving humanity by rendering voluntary service to improve the quality of life of the communities in which they live, regardless of faith, gender and background.
This international endeavour reflects the community’s ethic of civic engagement and good citizenship, exemplifying Islam’s core values of service, peace, compassion and care for the vulnerable. Reflecting the pluralism of the Muslim world generally, the Ismailis are a richly diverse community within the Shia branch of Islam who belong to distinct ethno-geographic and linguistic traditions. They are united by their belief in a living hereditary Imam of the Time from the progeny of Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him and his family).
What Guiding Principles & Themes Are Relevant To Ismaili CIVIC?;
• Serving humanity
• Improving the quality of life of the communities in which Ismailis live
• Promoting the Ismaili community’s ethic of civic engagement and good citizenship
Within the above context, Ismaili CIVIC programs are categorized into the following thematic areas:
Health is a state of physical, mental and social well-being. Programs include blood donations, food distribution, health promotion and education, inter-community sports events, etc.
Education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, morals, beliefs, and habits. Programs include early childhood development, adult learning, mentorship, language translation services, literacy, STEM programs, etc.
• Economic Development
Process where the economic well-being and quality of life of a nation, region, local community, or an individual are improved according to targeted goals and objectives. Programs include poverty alleviation, small business/other skills training, career development support, clothing donation drive, affordable housing programs, newcomer support, etc.
• Environmental Stewardship
Environmental stewardship refers to responsible use and protection of the natural environment through conservation and sustainable practices. Programs include tree planting, recycling, parks, street & shoreline clean ups, community waste management programs, etc.
Culture is the characteristics and knowledge of a particular group of people, encompassing language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music and arts. Programs include festivals, theatre, art exhibitions, among others.