British charity pledges to make powerful and effective change in poverty-stricken Bangladesh
The move was announced at a high-profile event in London which recognised the achievements of the British Bangladeshi community.
A Manchester-based charity has announced the tripling of its budget with a series of new, innovative initiatives to combat poverty in Bangladesh.
The pledge by Human Appeal, a charity established in 1991, comes after the organisation sponsored the annual British Bangladeshi Power and Inspiration awards, which has been growing since its inception 4 years ago.
The BBPI celebrates the outstanding contribution of the British Bangladeshi community in various professional fields, such as: business, entrepreneurship, politics, administration, judicial service, sport and politics. Many notable dignitaries attended, including Alan Johnson, Labour’s Home Secretary from June 2009 to May 2010; William Hague, former British Foreign Secretary; Dame Tessa Jowell, MP, among others.
Human Appeal is now drawing up plans to triple its budget in Bangladesh and announced this significant milestone at the BBPI awards ceremony. Othman Moqbel, Human Appeal’s Chief Executive, said: “Bangladesh is one of our 5 priority projects in the world. In 2015, we plan to create huge, lasting change in the country. Our main work will be in sustainable development projects. Instead of giving someone a fish, we will teach them how to fish. One of the main things we’ll be working on is providing clean, safe water,” he said.
“We will also help lift women out of poverty, allowing them to become self-sufficient. We are currently planning on tripling our budget to help those in desperate need in Bangladesh.”
The Person of the Year Award went to Her Honour Judge Khatun Sapnara for her outstanding achievement as the first person of British Bangladeshi origin in a senior judicial position.