Bangladesh Aid Project

We are planning to undertake local aid projects in Australia, Bangladesh and the Pacific in order to show our solidarity as world citizens with our neighbours in the region, and to provide a concrete focus for activities of our members.

Appeal for Flood Victims in Bangladesh

 

Directors: Wali Islam, Michael de Mol

 

Wali Islam – islam.wali6@gmail.com

Michael de Mol - mdotdemol@hotmail.com

Radhiga Dey- radhiga.dey@gmail.com

 

Overcoming poverty is not simply a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life . . . — Nelson Mandela

Flood victims head for dry ground

We are presently undertaking an overseas aid project in Bangladesh to help people whose homes and livelihoods have been washed away by river flooding. The Bangladesh Project was first established in 2007, soon after Dr Islam and his daughter Tasnima returned from their visit to Bangladesh, deeply touched by the reality of poverty, humility of the country’s people and a vow to make a difference.

The only Public school in the village is drowning

A free primary school has been set up, with five teachers and some 150 pupils, in a shoestring project led by Dr. Wali Islam, with help from the WCAA. In other projects supported by the Bangladeshi community in Australia, a mosque, an orphanage, an occupational training centre and a market have been established in Char Khabulia, an area reclaimed from the great river Jamuna.

Children end up on the streets

The headmaster is addressing the students

In the near future, we hope to set up a pilot project to supply solar cookers to the community, to help avoid the loss of woodlands and consequent erosion along the river. We welcome contributions or suggestions for further actions and activities from any member of the community.

Newsflash, October 2017.

Our Aid Project Director, Wali Islam, has recently been on a trip to Bangladesh with his family to inspect the progress of the Project. Unfortunately he had just returned when news came of the worst river flooding in the district for ten years at least.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Villagers set off for higher ground on makeshift bamboo rafts. The building in the background (right) is part of our WCA Aid school project.

 

The whole district of Char Khabulia has been inundated, including the school, and the population is now in desperate need of further aid to recover after the disaster. We appealed to our members and supporters to give what they could towards this worthy cause. Cheques totalling $10,000 have just been sent off to the Appeal. Our sincere thanks go to all those members who contributed to this very worthy cause!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Villagers set up temporary shelters from the floods at the side of the road

 

Rehabilitation efforts are being led by our partners on the ground, the Wajifa Noor Ashmatia Foundation (WNAF). Recently, WNAF has given taka 1000.00 (equivalent to $15.00) to more than 100 families to buy rice and other basic needs. The foundation is committed to raise $30,000.00 to provide aid to the devastated yet resilient families so that they can restart their lives.

 

Money will be spent helping to:

  • Rebuild houses for families who have lost homes because of river erosion

  • Feed poor families who are devastated by the flood

  • Install tube-wells for safe drinking water

  • Construct some latrines particularly for women

  • Establish satellite clinics and supply basic medicines including oral salines

  • Supplement babies’ and children’s nutrition

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DONATE

 

We have recently been granted charitable (DGR) status for the WCA Aid Project Fund, allowing us to solicit tax-deductible donations for this work. We would welcome any donations to the Fund.

 

Online (Paypal or credit card)

 

Hit the ‘Member Login’ button at the top of this page, and then the ‘Donate’ button (no password necessary). Please specify ‘For the WCA Aid Project Fund’ under comments.

Offline

 

Send your details and cheque or money order payable to ‘WCA Aid Project Fund’, and post to

Radhiga Dey

WCAA Treasurer

PO Box 2705

N. Parramatta NSW 1750

 

or Direct Deposit

 

Account Name: WCA Aid Project Fund

BSB: 633000

Account Number: 131807687

 

Put your name on the transaction description and email

bangladeshaidproject.wcaa@gmail.com

“protected email* with your contact details, or else post your receipt to the Treasurer as above.