In view of the International Volunteer Day on 5th December, Volunteer Opportunities, the largest online volunteer platform in the country, organised the award-giving ceremony of 'Funding for Bangladesh - 1.0' with the support of 'Humanity Worldwide' on December 23.
The event was held at Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB) on Khamarbari Road in the capital.
A total of five winners have been selected from each of the five categories- Education, Empowerment of Women, Health, Peace and Harmony & Poverty Alleviation.
The winner from Education Category- Science Bee, from Women Empowerment Category - Nandita Surakkha, from Health Category - Arise Help for Child Foundation, from Peace Category - Dhrubotara Youth Development Foundation and Patuakhalibashi from Poverty Category.
Dr. Imran Matin, Executive Director of BIGD; Md. Abdul Qayyum, Head of Communications, UNDP; Md. Rubaiyat Sarwar, Managing Director, Innovation Consulting Pvt. Ltd.; Ananya Raihan, Founder and CEO of I’Social; Rashed Mujib Noman, Founder of Humanity Worldwide Foundation. Also present on the panel of judges along with Rashed Mujib Noman were Sarah Iqbal, Senior Coordinator, Sajida Foundation; Jane Alam Rommel, Group Chief Marketing Officer, IDLC; Ahmed Farooq, Charter President, Rotary Club of Dhaka Kawran Bazar and Safiullah Al Azad, Deputy Manager, Olympic Industries Ltd., CSR, were present as special guests at the event.
The program started through the introductory speech of Mithun Das Kabbo, the founder of Volunteer Opportunities. Then three organisations each from the five categories presented their ideas and the special guests gave their important speeches in between. The event ended with the presentation of awards after the judges declared the winning teams.
Mithun Das Kabbo said, "In our country, the culture of idea competition of such social welfare initiatives is not very prevalent. This initiative is to spread this culture and encourage such events across the country."
Md. Rubaiyat Sarwar said, "Research and knowledge are essential for any volunteer work, it is possible to deepen the impact of the work with enough information."
Dr. Imran Matin said, "All the doctrines and literature related to volunteerism are made only by the scholars of the East, which have very few instances in Southeast Asia. We need to focus on creating our own literature if we are to succeed and make our work more dynamic."
Md. Abdul Qayyum said, "Every initiative needs to be planned, implemented but most importantly followed up."
Humanity Worldwide Foundation ensures adequate funding for education, health and empowerment, as well as organizing funds to help disadvantaged people.
‘Volunteer Opportunities’ is the first volunteer bank of volunteers across the country to reflect a bunch of skilled, educated and enterprising young generation.