Brac pledges to continue activities focusing improvement of lives of the marginalized
Over a hundred former staff of Brac gathered at the institution in the capital on Monday to commemorate the second anniversary of death of its founder and pioneer of Bangladesh’s development sector Sir Fazle Hasan Abed.
Guests from all over Bangladesh as well as from Kolkata took part in the event. They also unveiled the special logo commemorating the 50 years of journey of the world’s largest development organization, said a press release.
Brac is an organization of nearly 200,000 workers who are relentlessly working in 12 countries around the world to improve the lives of around 13 crore people.
The in-house event, titled “Purono Shei Diner Kotha”, organized in the morning at the Brac auditorium briefly highlighted Sir Fazle Hasan Abed and Brac’s journey through different segments.
On the premises, there were small stalls where Brac’s different activities were showcased. A photo exhibition was also organized highlighting Brac’s 50 years of journey and different interventions.
Reminiscences, recitations and musical compositions were dedicated to everyone’s favorite late “Abed Bhai”. Dr Martha Chen, chairperson of Brac global board, joined and shared a few words to the event virtually.
Speakers at the event include former Brac governing body member and Sir Abed’s close friend Kaiser Jaman, former vice chairperson of Brac Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury, founder and Managing Director of India’s Bandhan Bank Chandra Shekhar Ghosh (also a former Brac staff), Managing Director of Brac Enterprises Tamara Abed, Executive Director of Brac International Shameran Abed, and Chairperson of Brac Bangladesh Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman.
Asif Saleh, executive director of Brac, gave the closing remarks.
Sir Fazle has worked in different sectors including in the field of women empowerment, education, health, child marriage prevention, microcredit, and poverty elimination etc. Particularly, he worked to ensure non-formal education for the marginalized women and children at their doorstep. His activities and successes are being followed in different parts of the world.
Wherever he visited, he worked with humanity, courage and patience that has brought success.
Speaking at the event, Dr Hossain Ziullur Rahman said: “Even after contracting an incurable disease, Sir Fazle stood strong in realizing his aim. Even in his last few days, he restructured the organization and has given us the framework we all shall follow in his absence. He was unique.”
Tamara Abed said: “Establishment of entities like printers, Aarong and cold storage within eight years of BRAC’s journey indicates that it has a plan to make the organization self-reliant and sustainable.”
Reminiscing childhood memories with Brac, Shameran Abed said they had decided to develop 25-30 shelter homes following the 1991 cyclone. Within a year, 22 of the cyclone shelter centers were ready. Next year, Brac staff were able to relocate several thousand people to the shelter centers based on the initial cyclone forecast report. This is an outcome of Brac’s speedy and organized steps to meet the need of time.
Thanking everyone, Asif Saleh in his concluding speech said these stories help BRAC to evaluate its actions. The stories of initiatives and successes will help the young generation become more hardworking and bring more success.
The programs ended with the commitment to continue the activities with the aim to make the marginalized people more reliant in future.