The World Alliance of Parsi Irani Zarthoshtis
(WAPIZ), is primarily seen as an organization that is at the forefront
of promoting the traditional beliefs and practices of our religion.
In India, where our Agiary lands, dakhmas and other
community properties, are more and more being eyed by vested interests
for commercial exploitation, WAPIZ is seen as the community's "watch
dog" organization, protecting the community's religious Institutions.
In the one year since its formation, WAPIZ has
embarked on several projects and has been involved in a host of
1) Mobed Schemes :
For years, it has been difficult to send out Mobeds to serve our
holy fires in small towns and villages. WAPIZ has initiated 2 schemes,
which help Mobeds financially and at the same time keep our sacred
fires ever burning. A) Mobeds are sent to these distant places for
a three/six month tour of duty on a rotational basis, whereby they
can spend the remaining months in the city with their families,
doing freelance work. ii) Mobeds who have served the holy Fire continuously
without a day's respite, because of the difficulty in getting substitute
priests, are given help and relief, with WAPIZ's Mobed-support-system.
2) WAPIZ has begun to reconstruct
homes of rural farmers in South Gujarat. The first phase,
encompassing 4 mud houses is nearing completion. This phase is to
be completed before the onset of the monsoon. More such projects
will be taken up after the monsoon.
3) WAPIZ has helped a host of community members
financially for medical and educational purposes.
4) A leadership program
for the youth is under progress, under the stewardship
of Dr. Mehroo Bengalee, former Vice Chancellor, Bombay University.
5) WAPIZ has supported various community
functions and held Gahambars for the community, at places
6) With an aim to form an All Parsi National Cricket
Team, WAPIZ organized an All-Parsi Cricket
Tournament on 13th and 20th May, 2006. Eight teams from
different Parsi Baugs participated.
7) Religious Talks and
Discussions have been organized under the stewardship
of Khojeste Mistree,
8) WAPIZ has highlighted and spoken up about issues
of social relevance.
All Parsi Cricket
On 13th and 20th of May 2006, the Wilson College
Gymkhana Grounds were taken over by aspiring Gavaskars and Tendulakars….
only these budding cricketers (8 teams in all) were all Bawas!
Seeing the enthusiasm and talent displayed on the
field that day, WAPIZ, the organizers of this All-Parsi Cricket
tournament, have decided to take on the task of forming an All-Parsi
National Cricket team….howzatt!