Philanthropist Valerie visits famed rural school in Dinajpur | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, January 26, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 26, 2020

Philanthropist Valerie visits famed rural school in Dinajpur

Founder of Amena Baki School offers her land for CRP sub-centre

Valerie Ann Taylor, founder of Centre for Rehabilitation of Paralysed (CRP) in Dhaka, visited Amena Baki Residential School in Chirirbandar upazila of Dinajpur yesterday.

She went there at the invitation of eminent orthopaedic surgeon Dr Amzad Hossain, founder of Amena Baki Foundation that runs the school.

Students of the school welcomed her with shower of petals of flowers as she arrived there at noon.

Established in 2002, the school currently enrols nearly 2000 students, mostly residential.

The institution has already earned a widespread reputation for providing quality education and doing outstanding results in public examinations.

Accompanied by Dr Amzad Hossain and Mizanur Rahman, principal of the school, Valerie visited different corners of the school compound.

“I invited Valerie here. I have offered her a piece of land in the upazila for setting up a sub-centre of CRP as there is no such centre in Rangpur region,” Dr Azmad told journalists.

“As a native of the upazila, I will be able to extend support if such a centre is established here,” he said.

Valerie said she would consider the offer of Dr Amzad.

“We are planning to open a sub-centre in Rangpur division for treatment and rehabilitation of paralysed people. The core committee of CRP will take decision in this regard,” she said.

She left for Dhaka in the afternoon.

Valerie Ann Taylor, a British-born Bangladeshi physiotherapist and philanthropist, was awarded Independence Day Award in 2004 for her social work through CRP, which was founded in 1979.

The organization was shifted to Chapai village in Savar in 1990.

The government of Bangladesh granted citizenship to Valerie in 1998.

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