Active in Okhla, Bihar Anjuman adds another feather in its cap: Bihar Anjuman, a leading community organisation with chapters across the globe held Sham e Bihar and Jharkhand in Riyadh on April 29. The guiding philosophy of Bihar Anjuman is to light a candle instead of complaining and despairing about the darkness.
The socioeconomic conditions of Bihar and Jharkhand whose social indicators are comparable to African countries in terms of illiteracy, poverty, and backwardness, truly embodies the heart of darkness. Seventeen years ago, a group of highly idealistic and motivated men led by Shakeel Ahmad started a movement to light candles rid their community of darkness.
This movement has a single point agenda of working to empower and enlighten the community through education. BA has taken several unique initiatives in the field of education.
Rahbar coaching centers are functional in several districts of Bihar and Jharkhand with the aim of preventing drop out from schools by supporting poor children and helping them gain admission to vocational and diploma in Engineering courses. The objective is to enable them to complete job oriented courses through which they could be gainfully employed thereby breaking the vicious cycle of poverty. There are many success stories attesting to the effectiveness of these programs.
Plans are underway to start a Rahbar International School and a Women’s University.
Speaking on the occasion BA founder Shakeel Ahmad made a passionate appeal to become part of the initiatives by sponsoring students in order to change lives and societies.
Syed Muneer, President of the Riyadh Chapter shed light on the programs being supported by the Riyadh Chapter with the help of philanthropists. He exhorted the audience to come on board and sponsor needy students.
The program was anchored by the amiable duo of Mohammad Shaheen and Abid Hussain, the former being the Vice President of the Anjuman.
Earlier Dr Aleem gave a lecture on vitamin D deficiency with special reference to women and the health complications associated with it. He also prescribed ways to prevent it.
In order to encourage children to polish their public speaking skills, Arif Bin Azhar was given the opportunity to speak on the importance of education, and Hamza Durrani spoke on the importance of Quran. Abid Azhar had opened the program with a soulful recitation of the Holy Quran. Bsheera Feroz recited a poem in honor of the Prophet, upon him be blessings and peace. In the same vein a quiz and hadeeth competition was organized for older children under the supervision of Dr Abul Farah. Smaller children participated in sports and games.
Hussain Zulqarnain and Hafuzullah gave a presentation on ways to alleviate poverty and how expatriates could become a part of this initiative.
Other speakers on the occasion were Ozair Malik a specialist on focused approach. Salahuddin Manzari pledged support to the initiatives of the Bihar Anjuman.
Shakir Azad spoke on the importance of tapping government programs and scheme to the optimum. Anzar Alam representing Alkharj BA community.