The beginning of Fall marks “back to school” after a long summer vacation. It is certainly an exciting time for students. But for many families in Calgary, especially those with low incomes or who struggle with homelessness, “back to school” also puts a strain on domestic finances. School books, supplies and clothing can place an added pressure on the family budget.
The Mustard Seed – a long time partner of the Dawoodi Bohra community of Calgary – provides a safe and supportive place for people experiencing problems associated with poverty and homelessness. Every year, through their outreach and resources program, the charity provides backpacks filled with stationary to families in need. This gives children who are returning to school the provisions they need for success at school.
Like the Mustard Seed, the Dawoodi Bohras believe that every child deserves an equal opportunity to succeed in school. The Bohras of Calgary therefore donated backpacks, notebooks, writing paper, coloring pencils, pens, and other stationary to the Mustard Seed Resource Center to support their back to school program.
Trudi Marx, Resource Centre Supervisor at The Mustard Seed, said:
“It’s an incredible blessing to have the support of such a compassionate and caring community. The Dawoodi Bohras are such vital supporters of The Mustard Seed, who most recently provided over 150 backpacks and essential school supplies, so our vulnerable youth head back to school with their best foot forward.”
The Dawoodi Bohra community of Calgary was excited to contribute and intend to maintain their support for the charity in the future as part of Project Rise, the Dawoodi Bohras’ global philanthropic initiative that strives to improve the living standards of vulnerable members of society throughout the world.
The Dawoodi Bohras of Calgary wish all the children returning to school a very successful year ahead.