Live Correspondent: Philanthropic grouping of young professionals the Bondhu Kalyan has distributed water filters among slum dwellers in some areas of the capital city. It distributed filters as part of its mission to stand by the underprivileged people.
“We have distributed so far 151 water filters in the slums mostly in Mirpur area in the past several days. Each filter will provide safe waters to one family having as high as five members,” spokesman of the grouping cardiologist Dr Sabbir Kaiser Tushar told.
He added that the Bondhu Kalyan launched the campaign for safe water for poor people recently in collaboration with a US-based young Bangladeshis forum called UMBRLA while the group planned to expand the coverage area providing more filters to other slums and follow up the programme by changing the filters on expiry of their effectiveness.
Tushar said as part of its mission, Bondhu Kalyan also planned to launch a nutrition campaign for the slum children by providing them food supplements and provide sewing machines to slum women to help them generate income themselves.
The young professionals including doctors, engineers, ICT experts, business entrepreneurs and executives established the Bondhu Kalyan as a registered organization in 2011 and since then carrying out different philanthropic and humanitarian activities.
The Dhaka-based group earlier introduced a unique means of celebrating the English New Year by distributing blankets and winter clothes among the poor with particular preference to elderly people and street children on the 31st night.
A press release of the organization, meanwhile, said UMBRLA president Naome Nabi and general secretary Mayesa Khan joined Bondhu Kollayan President Mahfuz Hossain Khan, general secretary Mominul Islam and other members of the group during the distribution of the water purifiers.
Dhaka//26 August (campuslive24.com)//NS