We believe, as many of you also do, that the wonderful 700-year migratory history of the Khojas should not be allowed to die, even as our elders pass away. Our response is Khojawiki.org - a not-for-profit collaborative effort to systematically record living people's stories about their own experiences and their recollection of the stories of their parents and other ancestors, in their own words, using the power of the Internet. Read More
Abdul Aziz Gulamhusein Remtulla’s(Remu)life in Ceylon exemplifies the frequent tendency of the Khoja migrants to engage in the civic life of their new home and to “pay back” to that society. The son of a successful Gwadar-born immigrant, who made his home in Colombo of the 1930’s, Abdul Aziz, as he came to be known in Sri Lanka, went on to devote more than 50 years to the plight of the tea-plantation workers, who have been grossly exploited first by the colonial plantation owners and later by local Sri Lankan owners. Abdul Aziz Bhai died on 29th April 1990 and it is a testament to his towering stature in Sri Lankan society that the President, Prime Minster and most politicians of all stripes were in attendance at his funeral. In fact, the government also issued a special commemorative stamp in honour of his contribution to that beautiful but troubled nation.
Earliest Historical Reference To Khoja Merchants = 1543 AD
That Khojas have lived in Zanzibar since the 17th century is documented, but what is more fascinating is that they may have also been here since the Portuguese domination in early 16th century!Read More
IN THE NEWS
KhojaWiki did its first book launch on Sunday, June 4th, 2017, where Mr Mansoor Ladha, Journalist, Writer and Publisher did readings from his latest book, "Memoirs of a Muhindi".
The event was well attended and there was a lively discussion on Dr. Julius Nyerere's impact our community. The Moderator was the well-known Canadian IT entrepreneur, Mr. Alim Somani and the panel included our Director, Mr. Iqbal Dewji, who is also from Tanzania.
Mansoor Ladha, Author
Alim Somani, Moderator
With Mr Dewji
A khojawiki volunteer!
Khojawiki was invited to present its project at the 2nd International Ismaili Studies Conference at Carlton University.
Mr. I.I. Dewji, our Director speaking in one of the panel discussions.
VIDEOS OF PAST EVENTS
1. JIVAPUR, JAMNAGAR DISTRICT, KATHIAWAR- December 25th, 2016
2. BHUJ, KUTCH-23rd December 2016
3.PUNE, INDIA - 20th December 2016
1. TORONTO DROP-IN CENTRE:
We are extremely pleased to announce that the 1st Khojawiki Drop-In Centre is in operation at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Don Mills. Located opposite the Agakhan Museum, it is convenient for our seniors to come for a cup of chai and share their personal stories with our dedicated group of volunteers, who then enter the narratives, photos and other mementos on this website for preservation. The centre is bright, spacious and has a room dedicated for audio-visual recordings to keep for posterity. All are welcome between 11 am to 6 pm on week-days. Weekend is by appointment.
Almost 2000 people globally have joined our Facebook group "KHOJAWIKI" and now receive great stories about our people weekly. Please go to Facebook group “Khojawiki” and add yourselves on as members.
3. HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS
In Canada, high school students must volunteer 40 hours to the community service and as a registered charity, we are qualified to provide the certification. Please contact us if you can get a youth in your family to build your family tree and at the same time qualify for these hours. Guaranteed,they would likely never forget their ancestral lineage!Contact