Muscat 16, May 2019: In a bid to encourage and inspire the youth in the Sultanate, Eshraqa, the Social Development Arm of Khimji Ramdas launched "Ana wa Eshraqa Al Ajeeba". The unique project features conversations in a series of episodes; with motivational personalities who have followed their passion and made a lasting contribution to become the pride of Oman. The episodes are hosted by the Eshraqa mascot Eshraqa Al Ajeeba - the wondrous one.
In its maiden venture, the series interviews Omani paralympian Mohammed Al Mashaykhi who has risen above his disability to become a World Champion Para Athlete. Hailing from Jalan in Wilayt Sharqiah, Mohammed along with his family, friends and coach shares his story of perseverance and determination with the program anchor.
Commenting on the uplifting series that sheds light on the hardship and commitment of individuals; Nailesh Khimji, Director, Khimji Ramdas said, “The Ana wa Eshraqa Al Ajeeba series is aimed at introducing devoted, hardworking personalities to the people of Oman. Individuals such as Mohammed, who have stopped at nothing to achieve their dreams, deserve a platform that celebrates them and their victories and what better way to do it than a fun and educational way. Eshraqa remains passionately committed to enabling people, empowering talent, and supporting disabled communities in Oman as well as aiding inspirational Omani athletes.”
Mohammed’s career catapulted in 2017 as he won a gold medal in Shot Put at the West Asian Games in UAE; a gold medal and Asian record in Club Throw; as well as silver medal in Discus Throw which qualified him in shot put and club throw for the World Championship in London where he collected silver medal in shot put in the same arena. Mohammed then participated in the Tunis athletics meeting (Grand Prix) in which he walked away with gold medal and Asian record in Shot Put and a bronze medal in discus throw and Club Throw.
Highlighting Eshraqa’s support, Mohammed said, “I am extremely proud to have represented the Sultanate in international and regional sporting events, I got the opportunity to raise the Omani flag and highlight the nation as a sporting force to be reckoned with. However, none of this would have been possible without the persistent support of Eshraqa and Khimji Ramdas. “
His journey of determination and triumph along with Eshraqa’s support to the team has led his qualification for the prestigious World Para Athletics Championship in Dubai later this year and for the Paralympics in Tokyo in 2020. Eshraqa’s focus on health and community wellbeing is integral to this initiative, true to their desire for Oman’s continued success on the international sporting stage.
Eshraqa is the social development arm of the Khimji Ramdas and operates under the key pillars of Health, Education and Community Well-being and Training. This initiative falls under the pillar of community well-being that is committed to empowering people from different walks of life in keeping with its progressive and inclusive approach that aims to include all sections of the society including differently abled and under privileged families across the nation. One of the main objectives of Eshraqa is to improve the lives of local communities by conducting activities that bring a positive social change.
Watch the video on Youtube typing Eshraqa & Mashaykhi: youtu.be/TQSuAH9tpNM