Dr Tasnim Jara joins the effort, calling on others to come forward
BRAC initiates “Dakchhe abar desh”, calling all to stand by the people who lost their earnings amid the community transmission of the delta variant of Coronavirus and consequent lockdown. A contribution of BDT 7.50 crore (75 million), half of which comprises a one-day salary donation from the BRAC employees and the other half is matched from BRAC’s own fund, will be distributed to 50 thousand selected families. Each family will receive BDT 1500 which will enable them to buy essential food and other emergency necessities for two weeks.
The initiative was announced today on Wednesday (14 July) mentioning that the distribution of the money will start from 18 July Sunday. Nineteen districts exposed to high risk of Covid transmission and under strict lockdown will be prioritised in this initiative. The families to receive the assistance are being identified by the skilled field staff of BRAC following a rigorous process. Families with elderly members, pregnant and lactating mothers, persons with disabilities, families dependent on women’s earning, ultra poor households and those who have not received assistance from other sources will have the priority in this initiative.
Responding to the call of the Honourable Prime Minister, besides the government agencies, BRAC and many other non-governmental and privately owned organisations have been running such assistance programmes since last year. To continue the effort, BRAC is coming forward to stand beside 50 thousand families in the first phase. But this contribution is simply inadequate compared with the thousands of families suffering in dire situation. The nation needs both institutions and individuals to come forward. “Dakchhe abar desh” will serve as a platform in this regard and will encourage both individuals and organisations to make contributions. Details of the initiative are available here: https://www.brac.net/dakcheabardesh/
Asif Saleh, Executive Director, BRAC, said, “The battle against Corona is long-term and tough. It has to be fought and won together. We have plunged in the fight with everything we have, to build community resilience across the country. BRAC is active in the field with over 1 lakh (100 thousand) fearless field staff, health workers and volunteers, building skills, raising awareness about health and hygiene, distributing free masks and providing emergency assistance. We are committed to supporting the government and our people at every step of the journey.”
“Both the public and private sectors have to come together to see this crisis through. I will request all able individuals and institutions to join the “Dakchhe abar desh” platform,” he added.
Grameenphone partnered with BRAC in 2020 in its effort to provide emergency assistance to the affected families and they have also given commitment to join the initiative this year.
Healthcare non-profit “Sahay” has joined this initiative. Dr Tasnim Jara, a founder of this non-profit and a postgraduate student at the University of Oxford has already joined the movement. A recipient of the “Vaccine Luminary” award by the British government and currently working at the United Kingdom’s government healthcare system NHS, Tasnim Jara said, “People who live just on their daily wages confine themselves to their home not only for their own safety but to ensure others’ safety also. Their sacrifice is not only for their own sake, but for the sake of all of us. It is therefore all of our responsibility to lessen the terrible hardship they are in.” Through BRAC Sahay will assist more than 65 families and motivate others to come forward.
BRAC hopes that more individuals, institutions and partners will join this initiative. Details for sending contributions:
Name of bank account: BRAC
Account number: 150120-2316474001
Bank Name: BRAC Bank, Gulshan 1, Gulshan Avenue, Dhaka
Bkash account: 01730321765
Last year BRAC employees donated their one-day salary as emergency food support. Under that initiative BRAC, Grameenphone and other partners came together to provide emergency assistance to 3 lakh 65 thousand (365,000) families, with BDT 1500 received by each family.