Live Correspondent: Eastern Bank Limited (EBL) distributed bicycles among ten poor and meritorious female students of Haji Delwar Hossain Girls’ High School in Gangachara upazila town here on Monday afternoon.
The bank distributed the bicycles among the female students under its corporate social responsibility programme to assist them in coming to school and going back home by riding on those saving transportation costs.
Oli Ahad Chowdhury, Area Head of the Consumers’ Banking Division (North, South & Sylhet) of EBL from its Head Office at Dhaka, distributed the bicycles at a ceremony arranged on the school premises as the chief guest.
With Headmaster of the school Rafikul Islam in the chair, Head of the Youth & School Banking Division of EBL Nasrine Jahan Khan Kanok, Rangpur Branch Manager of EBL SM Sharifuzzaman, Gangachara Upazila Engineer Sohel Rana attended the ceremony.
The bicycle recipient female students are: Julekha, Zannati Begum and Swapna Akhter of class six, Afroza Akhter and Popi Rani of class seven, Sharmin Begum of class eight, Sahara Begum (Science) and Chameli Begum (Arts) of class nine and Shakifa Munni (Science) of class ten of the school.
While expressing their instant feeling to local journalists after receiving bicycles, the beneficiary female students thanked the EBL authorities and said they would now easily go to their school and return homes from now without any transport costs.
They also narrated about financial hardships in their families and said they would now be able to go to school regularly riding on bicycles as their parents tried their best, but could purchase the same for them due to financial hardships.
Bicycle recipient students Shakifa Munni, Sahara Begum, Popi Rani and Sharmin Begum said that most of the ten bicycle recipient female students live in rural areas about five to seven kilometres off from their school.
“It becomes difficult for their parents, who are mostly small and marginal farmers or farm-labourers, to provide them with Taka 30 to 60 daily for coming to school and going back home by rickshaws, van-carts or auto rickshaws,” said Julekha, Swapna and Afroza.
“Our bank will continue to assist the poor and meritorious female students to assist them in continuing their studies and flourishing their latent talents to become worthy citizens,” Rangpur Branch Manager of EBL SM Sharifuzzaman told BSS this afternoon.