Young Bangla, a youth platform of the NGO Centre for Research and Information (CRI), has nominated 50 of the top youth-led organisations for the second edition of Joy Bangla Youth Award 2017.
The CRI announced the nominees after short-listing from 1,300 aspirants, over a period of 82 sessions in four months. The judging committee has also considered sports organisations for this year’s awards.
Sabbir Bin Shams, executive director of CRI, said the Joy Bangla Award is not only a prize for positive work, but also an initiative to encourage youths to become entrepreneurs.
Joy Bangla Youth Award 2017 is scheduled to be held at the Sheikh Hasina National Youth Complex in Savar on October 20-21.
Prime Minister’s ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy will hand over the awards to 30 winners on October 20, followed by the awarding of another 10 winners on October 21.
Convener of Young Bangla Nahim Razzaq told the Dhaka Tribune: “The organisations and individuals that received the award in 2015 immensely appreciated the recognition it brought them. If you talk to them, they will tell you that the award caused them to get respect from their societies, their neighbours, elders, and other people.”
Starting in 2015, during the first run of the award, CRI primarily selected 200 aspirants from which, 30 individuals and organisations were awarded for their outstanding work at the community level. The areas of work included promoting youth employability, ending violence against women, child and adult education, cultural activities, and other similar progressive initiatives.
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The top 50 nominated organisations are:
SwapnaDekho Social Welfare Organisation, Jessore
Zahir Iqbal Nannu founded the SwapnaDekho (Let’s Dream) Social Welfare Organisation in March 2013, which has so far conducted quite a few humanitarian projects, in addition to supporting 21 physically challenged children and organising debate competitions in 87 educational institutions.
Barisal Youth Society, Barisal
Barisal Youth Society was founded in 2014, with the vision of stopping violence against women and ensuring education for them.
Durbar Foundation, Comilla
In 2014, Durbar Foundation was founded to ensure rehabilitation of stray kids living on or around the railway station in Comilla South Sadar region.
Founded in 2013, Kaktarua are always equipped with cameras to showcase all types of discrimination in society, and raise social awareness.
I Positive, Thakurgaon
The organisation started its activities in the true spirit of the Liberation War of Bangladesh to inspire youths to build a better country. The organisation extends its support to students regarding ICT training, career plan, educational materials and consultations.
Quizard dedicates itself to the vision of building a knowledge-based youth society, featuring articles and quizzes, which have already gained popularity among city youths.
Slogan Ekattur, Dhaka
Slogan Ekattur, founded in 2009 in the spirit of the Liberation War, raises its voice against the anti-liberation forces in Bangladesh.
Swadhin started its journey in 2009 in Dinajpur, and has been awarded with the Red Crescent Blood Bank Award three times.
Since 2016, Prottoy has been working to uplift the lives of neglected tea workers and the helpless people and their children, by providing medical services through free medical camps. The organisation also works to reduce dropout rates, prevent child marriages and remove terrorism and extremism from society.
Brave (Be Related to Audio Visual Education) was founded in 2013 with an aim to shower the light of education upon the underprivileged people of Chandpur.
My School, Gaibandha
Founded in 2014, the organisation has been educating the Dalit community, taking dropouts back to the school and raising social awareness. It aims to align the Dalit community with the mainstream population.
Iccha Puron, Sylhet
The organisation, founded in 2014, aims to uplift the lives of street children and women on or around the Sylhet Railway Station. It also conducts different humanitarian activities such as distribution of winter clothes, educating women and arranging blood donation programs.
Kollol Foundation, Natore
Since 2012, Kollol Foundation in Gurudaspur, Natore has been raising awareness among helpless, distressed and poor people about the importance of school education for children and building a drug-free society.
Potenga Protibondhi Unnoyon Songothon, Chittagong
The organisation set off in 2009 with an aim to empower physically challenged people. It has so far empowered and uplifted around 100 people.
Kothon Sangskritik Songshod, Jhenidah
Formed in 2008, the cultural organisation holds workshops and competitions on recitation, dance, song and debate.
Mukto Sangskritik Songho, Panchagarh
Since its inception in 2011 in the district of Panchagarh, the organisation has been conducting a cultural movement in the area in order to build a society without child marriage, dowry and drugs.
Innovator Book Reading Festival, Sylhet
The organisation aims to boost the habit of reading books in youths and thus offer them the scope to learn proper history, by distributing books among youths in December while organising quizzes in February.
Syamnagar Football Academy, Shatkheera
Since the beginning of its journey in 2008, the football academy has been promoting football in the area with a commitment to prepare national standard players. Two of its players having already secured positions in the U16 national football team testify to the success of the organisation.
Amra Manush Foundation, Dhaka
The organisation started functioning in 2016 with an aim to enlighten the countrymen about the country and her Liberation War. It has introduced freedom fighters to 71 schools. Their “Smile Project” has already taken up the responsibility of educating 20 children till they are land jobs.
Sreepur Upazila Youth Forum, Gazipur
Since its inception in 2016, it has been working on empowering and enlightening women. It has so far resisted more than 100 child marriages, and has worked on reducing female dropouts. The organisation also raises its voice against violence committed against women.
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Alok Bortika, Bagerhat
Formed in 2015, the organisation, run by 133 volunteers, has already conducted blood screening of 13,000 people and made a database on their blood groups. Apart from blood donation, the organisation provides poor children with educational support and healthcare facilities. They also try and raise awareness about the environment.
Pradhikar, Sylhet Agricultural University
The organisation started its journey in 2012 with an aim to protect animal rights. Nearly 365 students are involved with the organisation. They provide wounded animals with treatment and hand over any forest animal found in the locality to the forest authorities.
WE Dot Foundation, Dhaka
WE Dot Foundation, officially formed in 2013, has established two schools in Dhaka and Bogra for underprivileged children that can accommodate around 130 students. The organisation has also arranged health service campaigns treating nearly 4,500 people and offering them medicine for free.
Aparajita Alor Michhil, Rangpur
The organisation has been working on children’s education since 2014. They also arrange medical campaigns for people.
Economical Open Scout Group, Dhaka
This voluntary organisation, formed in 1998, has conducted 20 vaccination programmes. They have also offered mental support to children suffering from cancer and offered counselling to their parents.
Parents Ageing Foundation, Dhaka
Working since 2016, the organisation has been offering healthcare and emotional support to the people in their twilight years.
The organisation, founded in 2008, organises and involves the young generation in creative activities, Math Olympiads and different training programmes. The organisation currently features a wide range of activities like fine arts, dance, recitation and song rendition.
Workers’ Welfare Public Library, Nilphamari
Starting its journey in 2010, the organisation has worked to reduce child marriage. It has also offered food, clothing and other assistances to more than 150 families.
Shecchabroty Ujjibok Forum, Khagrachhori
Formed in 2006, the organisation has so far brought 150 dropouts back to schools. The organisation also arranges blood donation camps and offer winter clothes to poor people.
The organisation was founded in 2014 with a promise to catalyse the social development work, which includes planting trees and organising educational facilities for children.
The Shahjalal University of Engineering and Technology based voluntary organisation, founded in 2004, has established a school for 150 underprivileged children. It also organises blood donation camps drawing nearly 400 bags of blood every year.
The Engineers’ Club, Chittagong
The organisation started in 2013 with an aim to build skilled manpower through ICT education, also offering knowledge on career development.
Life of Nature, Naogaon
Formed by Nibedita and like-minded women in 2011, Life of Nature has so far organised seminars on the environment and climate change in more than 200 schools. It also works on women empowerment and stopping child marriage.
At the age of only 14, Tanjil Rashid along with his friends formed the organisation in Bahaddarhat, Chittagong. They have offered food to more than 20,000 Rohingya people and supported over 1,000 disaster-affected families.
Purbashar Alo, Chittagong
Purbashar Alo was established in 2004 with an aim to ensure basic rights of street children and orphans. They have so far offered educational and medical support to the poor and helpless.
Shepro Foundation, Kurigram
Since its inception in 2013, Shepro Foundation has provided children of 120 families with educational support. On the river islands of Jatrapur of Kurigram, they have established schools for underprivileged children.
Torun Sangha, Dinajpur
The organisation was established in 2012 with a goal to catalyse the social development in Dinajpur, such as vaccination programmes, sports and other programmes to motivate young people.
Whistle Bangladesh, Chittagong
The organisation, starting in 2014, have collected books from different sources and built a library. They have also featured a blood donation project involving over 50,000 youths.
Jumphul Theatre, Rangamati
Setting off in 2015 in Rangamati, the organisation works to spread a cultural movement in the region by creating new cultural activists at the college and university levels.
Theatre Murari Chad, Sylhet
Theatre Murari Chad was established in 2013 in Sylhet with a promise of social development through cultural movement.
Choupash Natyanchal, Bogra
The organisation started its journey in 2013 with a view to catalyse a cultural movement, where they stage a drama every month. Their street drama “White Ant” based on the Liberation War of Bangladesh has touched many hearts.
Rangatungi United Women Football Academy, Rangpur
The academy was formed in 2014 with a view to train underprivileged and village girls in football. The club is playing a crucial role in ensuring women empowerment.
Model Livestock Advancement Foundation, Dhaka
Model Livestock Advancement Foundation started its journey in 2015 to create employment opportunities. The organisation has been training youths on raising cattle and detecting and treating animal diseases.
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Jagoron Club, Shatkhira
Established in 2012 in Shatkira, Jagoron Club has so far stopped over 50 child marriages and sent them back to the school. Moreover, they organise blood donation and cultural programmes, and other social development projects.
Supporting People and Rebuilding Communities, Rangamati
The organisation was established in 2013 with a promise to resist violence against women. The organisation has also been working on women empowerment and children’s rights.
Works for Humanity, Dhaka
The organisation has been working to enlighten and empower the youths, by distributing books and educational materials among the underprivileged children.
Wheel Chair Cricket Welfare Association Bangladesh (WCWAB), Gazipur
Founded in 2015, this organisation tries to make physically challenged people realise that they are bigger than the limitations they have. People with difficulties in walking are provided with training in cricket and all necessary sports materials.
Orphanage for Social Welfare, Netrokona
Formed in 1996, the organisation supports orphan children with education and extra-curricular activities. This organisation has so far raised 112 orphans.
Uttoron Bangladesh, Moulavibazar
In 2013, the organisation was established with a promise to uplift the lives of the tea garden community in Moulavibazar. It arranges “Inter Tea Garden Olympiad” to ensure students are more focused towards their studies.
Shishu Bikash, Naogaon
Shishu Bikash was established in 2010 as a voluntary organisation to enlighten children. The organisation continues to take financial responsibility of underprivileged students.
Social Welfare Unit, Khulna
Established in 2008, the organisation aims to raise awareness about the environmental damage caused by climate change in the coastal regions.