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Brac founder Sir Fazle’s 84th birth anniversary

  • Published at 09:28 pm April 26th, 2020
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed-Courtesy
File photo of Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Courtesy

Sir Fazle passed away on December 20 last year, while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Dhaka

Brac founder and development personality Sir Fazle Hasan Abed’s 84th birth anniversary will be celebrated on Monday without any special programs or fanfare due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Brac will pay tribute to its founder through ongoing emergency food assistance programs and mass awareness campaigns, according to a press release.

More than 100,000 staff members, volunteers, and health workers are engaged in the food assistance drives and awareness campaigns, it added.

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed was born on 27 April in 1936 in Baniachang village of Habiganj district. He founded Brac in 1972 to help refugees rebuild their lives as they returned from India to villages devastated by the War of Liberation.

Brac has since grown into one of the largest development organizations in the world, helping improve the lives and livelihoods of 130 million people across 11 countries. 

Sir Fazle passed away on December 20 last year, while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Dhaka. 

Sir Fazle did his matriculation from Pabna Zilla School and passed higher secondary exams from Dhaka College. He obtained a degree in cost and management accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in London in 1962. 

He was posted in Chittagong as the head of finance of the then East Pakistan office of Shell Oil in 1970, when one of the deadliest cyclones in history hit the coast. Deeply moved by the scale of devastation, Sir Fazle, with his friends, established a charity named “Help” with the aim of delivering relief to people inhabiting remote coastal islands. 

When the War of Liberation broke out in 1971, Sir Fazle went to England and with his friends established two organizations - Action Bangladesh and Help Bangladesh - to gather support and collect funds for the independence of Bangladesh. 

When he returned to the newly independent Bangladesh, Sir Fazle established Brac and began relief and rehabilitation work in the Sulla and Dirai upazilas of Sunamganj, initially with his own funds from selling the small flat he had owned in London.

Sir Fazle was awarded a Knighthood by the Crown of England in 2010, in recognition of his services in reducing poverty, both in Bangladesh and internationally. In 2011, the Qatar Foundation awarded him the WISE Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in education.

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