Mr Karim and Late Mrs Naseem Adbdulla kindly donated £5005 to buy chairs and tables for Brent Indian Association
The late Mrs Naseem Abdulla w/o Mr Karim addressing the elderly group members in March 2020 at a luncheon held in honour of Mr and Mrs Abdulla at BIA. Naseem praised the services provided at BIA and the selfless service provided by the Executive Committee and the local community members too. Born in S.Africa, Naseem met Karim at a function in Nairobi and it was love at first sight! They were married for 56 years before Naseem's untimely demise earlier this year from cancer. They have a daughter. Their early married life was spent in Mombasa, Kenya where Naseem was a proficient and well known hairdresser running her own salon "Doris". Mr Karim and his late wife have lived in Wembley since moving to the UK and have been staunch supporters of BIA. They donated much needed function chairs, tables and recently card players tables donated by Karim in memory of his wife, Naseem. Their support of BIA both past and present is greatly appreciated and their legacy will remain with us for many years to come. Naseem was also very active in the Ismaili Community and provided a regular, dedicated service throughout her life. Our warm wishes and appreciation with you always for being Friends of BIA.
BIA reopening hours post Covid 19 lock down.
Advice centre only opening from 6th July 2020:
Monday: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Friday: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Clients will be seen on appointment basis only and wearing of a face mask will be mandatory.
Please call us on 02089033019 from 06/07/2020 to book an appointment for welfare benefits or Immigration advice.
BIA in partnership with Hindu Council, Brent Council and Ealing Road Traders had a fantastic Diwali celebration on Sunday, 20th October 2019. Tremendous Day! Jaz of AEM and his team were here at the crack of dawn to set up for the event. In line with the spirit of Diwali we had colour, dance and music galore. Celebrations kicked off at Ealing Road Library with the Mayor of Brent Ernest Ezeajughi, the Mayoress and Cllrs Muhammed Butt, Krupa Sheth, Trupti Sangani, Krupesh Hirani, Bhagwanji Chohan, GLA member Navin Shah and Ajay Maru ex-Mayor of Harrow inspecting the various stalls and stepping up to the beat of the dhol players with some wicked dance moves! Very impressive too. The party danced all the way to BIA premises. Both BIA Chairman Hiten Vaidya and Hindu Council Chairman Ashwin Galoria’s speeches reflected the importance of the coming together of organisations and thus encouraging the community spirit. The Mayor’s speech emphasised the importance of service in the community.
BIA’s Elderly Ladies Satsang Group led the entertainment with prayers in which the Mayor, Mayoress and Cllrs all participated. Foram’s Dance Academy’s toddlers and young dancers brought gasps of delight from the audience time and time again with their numerous Bollywood dance performances. The talented Tejaswini’s Bharat Natyam dances were indeed spell binding. The solo dance performances by Nital and young Shreya were mesmerising. Live singing from Yatinkumar of Bollywood songs entertained us throughout. The food stall was a great success as were the Kumon and saree stalls. The Crime Prevention and GMB Union also made their presence felt. Goody bags courtesy of GMB and Tropical Sun were distributed to the delight of all the children. The Rangoli competition generated a lot of interest and excitement and we have Upendra Solanki and the Hindu Council team to thank for this. The Rangolis were crafted in real time and it was fascinating to watch this with a Diwali theme woven into the design. The participants, organisers, judges and sponsors all contributed to its great success. BIA staff and EC members served tea and coffee throughout to members of the public showing a great generosity of spirit. Bravo! Our particular thanks to Ruby of Brent Council and Jaz of AEM for bringing this event to fruition. Special thanks to the Barry Gardiner MP for making his way to BIA straight from Scotland and honouring us with a few words emphasising unity between diverse communities and, also for handing out the Rangoli prices. And a very big thank you to all who supported this event, you know who you are!
Roll on Diwali 2020 for an even bigger and better celebration!