Bidyanondo Foundation, a youth-led, non-profit social welfare organisation, has been working to provide basic facilities to underprivileged communities. From providing basic needs to hygiene materials to changing lifestyles and educating socially ignored groups, they have been actively working over the years.
Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the organisation has taken commendable precautions to create public awareness in the capital. They have installed water taps and basins and portable drums along with hand washes for pedestrians and the public in most places in Dhaka. Additionally, the organisation have produced three layered reusable dust-proof masks in their Bashonti Prokolpo workshop, which were distributed to the educational institutes and to patients at hospitals. They further distributed hand sanitisers to public places, like foot over bridge and bus stands and counters and have sprayed disinfectants on the public transports and at areas, including mosques, slums and hospitals.
The Ek Takay Ahar team of Bidyanondo Foundation made one thousand Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suits. "We made the suits after getting an approval from the Health Ministry. They have been distributed to several hospitals," said Salman Khan, Dhaka Division Branch Manager of the organisation.
The organisation is currently raising funds and so far, many people have sent in money to their bank accounts through mobile financial services, for PPE suits, disinfectants, food and other resources. "Our special team is providing meals to families in need and to daily wage earners," says Salman. "Currently, we are giving meals for four members as a family package, and distributing two thousand boxes every day, in the evening, making sure that our volunteers can avoid crowded places."
Another special team is working on disinfecting Dhaka and Chattogram, for which they are using 6000 liters for Dhaka and 3000 liters for Chattogram every day at the public areas, including hospitals and mosques. "So far, we have sprayed in Dhaka Medical College, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical and some other hospitals. The Red Cresent has also joined us, and helping us in this regard. Some other organisations have promised us the chemicals that are required to produce the disinfectants that our volunteers are spraying every day," says Salman.
Kishor Kumar Das, the founder of Bidyanondo Foundation, adds, "Whatever we are doing is still not enough. We hope that as our volunteers are disinfecting public places, people will be motivated to stay safe and hygienic. We are trying to help the country as much as we can."
The foundation has also allowed nurses and female doctors to stay Bashonti Nibash Capsule Hotel for the next one month, free of cost, as a way of self-isolating, with three meals daily. Reservations at the hotel can be made through their hotline number 01844546000 or their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/bashonti.hotel/