The global coronavirus outbreak has put the world economy under severe stress. As the brunt of impact is felt by the lower income sector of the population in Bangladesh and elsewhere, many people have been looking for ways to donate to feed poor families that lost income. Social media users have pleaded with fellow citizens to pay more than normal fare to rickshaw pullers and other manual labourers
The coronavirus pandemic has put the global economy under severe stress. As the brunt of the impact is being felt by the lower income sector of the population in Bangladesh and elsewhere, many people have been looking for ways to support poor families that have lost much needed income. Social media users have pleaded to fellow citizens to pay higher than normal fares to rickshaw pullers and other manual labourers.
A number of organizations have stepped forward to provide a systematic way for citizens to contribute toward the cause. Here are a few organizations that can take your support to the people that need it the most.
JAAGO Foundation has started a fund to bring help to the unprivileged. The fund gathered over Tk4.5 lakh in only three days since its launch. A total of 155 people donated to the organization, showing the power of crowd-funding.
The foundation aims to help the most vulnerable people by using the fund to provide staple food, masks, soap, sanitizers and other basic necessities.
The Facebook page for the fund can be found under ‘Bangladesh Relief Fund to fight Covid-19 by JAAGO Foundation.’
You can send your donation through bKash to +8801755557248
Other payment methods are also available on JAAGO’s website
One Taka Meal
One Taka Meal or Ek Takay Ahar has recently gained recognition for its innovative approach toward food donation. One of the more known brands of voluntary organization, Bidyanondo, has set up a fund for providing meals and virus prevention materials to the needy as well as to hospitals.
The organization will donate disinfectant sprays and PPE to medical professionals in Dhaka and meals to as many districts as possible.
One Taka Meal is listed with mobile financial service bKash as a charity organization and the donation link can be accessed directly through the bKash app or website. Donors will need to write a note mentioning that the donation is meant for the coronavirus relief fund.
Mission Save Bangladesh by Sheba.xyz
One of the largest Bangladeshi digital marketplaces Sheba.xyz has rolled out a relief program to help the needy during the Covid-19 crisis. The fund has so far received over Tk33 lakh in donations from 223 donors and provided aid to 2,495 families.
Mission Save B, in partnership with The Daily Star and The Daily Samakal, aims to provide groceries to underprivileged communities, financial support for small businesses and also conducts community-based activities such as disinfecting homes, distributing required materials etc.
You can make the donation through its website, where it supports a number of different payment methods.
PFDA - Vocational Training Center
Although much smaller in scope compared to the previously mentioned three organizations, PFDA - Vocational Training Centre is doing its part to help the people currently in need of a regular meal.
Specialized in training people with neurological disabilities such as autism, the Vocational Training Centre has been preparing 500 meals a day since last week for distribution to day labourers, the elderly and children in need during the nationwide shut down.
The organization partnered with Sheba, the Daily Star and Samakal for this initiative. The students and workers at the training centre, who had been receiving training for various kinds of skilled work, prepare the meals and handicrafts. The Centre made special arrangements for selected students to work from home for this project.
It is accepting donations in money as well as raw materials. Donations can be sent to bKash account no 01751778308. For donations through bank account: A/C name: PFDA-Vocational Training Center Trust, A/C no: 3101829023001,Swift code: CIBLBDDH, The City Bank Ltd, Gulshan Branch. Organizations or individual donors interested in donating raw materials can send them to House 291, Road 19-B, New DOHS, Mohakhali. For contact on the phone you can call 01970089088.
An NGO dedicated towards working for the welfare of underprivileged children in Bangladesh, with a particular focus on street children, Alor Pothe Nobojatray (APON) Foundation set up an emergency assistance program to its regular students and their family members. The NGO currently operates 15 learning centres for 500 slum-dwelling children in different parts of Dhaka City.
To help these children and their families, who are among the most vulnerable to the Covid-19 outbreak, APON will be using donation money from contributors to provide food support, distribute hand sanitizers, soaps, gloves, masks, conduct basic awareness campaigns, and provide medical supplies when needed.
Donate through bank: Acc no - 140-152-1946001, City Bank Ltd, Progoti Sharani Branch, Dhaka-1212