Manobota-19, a social welfare organisation, was founded by Sadvan Sarwar Shuvo, earlier this year. The organisation primarily intends to support underprivileged individuals by providing them with food.
"The pandemic has escalated the difficulties of these people, as many of them have lost their sources of income," shared Shuvo, who is from Brahmanbaria. "When we saw that people were starving, I, along with some of my friends and cousins, decided to step up and help." Till date, Manobota-19 has supported over 1,000 families by providing them with weekly groceries.
During the initial days of the pandemic, the organisation provided meals to patients and on-duty doctors at Sadar Hospital, Brahmanbaria. Furthermore, during Ramadan, they regularly distributed sehri among the homeless. "We have also fed over 2,000 street dogs during the pandemic," added Shuvo.
To raise awareness on the spread of the virus, they also distributed free masks among rickshaw pullers and slum-dwellers, and have conducted various social awareness programmes for villagers.
Manobota-19's future plans include collecting zakat money and redirecting financial aid to those in need. They will also work to increase awareness on basic healthcare services among rural communities and facilitate education for children who reside in slums. "We want to educate and inspire people for the welfare of our society," concluded Shuvo.
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