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12:00 AM, December 25, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 04:21 AM, December 25, 2020

Working towards a cleaner, safer nation

Asun Kichu Kori has been in operation since the last quarter of 2015. Founder Md Hasanul Islam Rayhan mentioned that the organisation was formed to primarily help the youth of their local area, Dholairpar, stay active and knowledgeable on maintaining a clean and safe environment. What began as a journey of attempting to help the youth in their community, eventually made way for the organisation to start various other projects surrounding social issues.

Over the years, they frequently cleaned up the streets through the help of their volunteers. They have also received governmental help from the city corporation. "Asun Kichu Kori helps with free medical care in medical camps. Our members identify as blood donors, and we are working to build an active blood bank," mentions Rayhan.

The organisation has worked with around 100 volunteers so far and they require their volunteers to be over 18 years of age. All the interested volunteers go through a thorough interview process before being selected.

They keep their fund flowing through available members of the organisation. They have an advisory panel to help with funds as well.

A total of 13 doctors are active and voluntary members of Asun Kichu Kori. The organisation usually arranges a medical camp with four doctors. They have helped around 400 to 600 families so far.

Since the start of the pandemic, they have had to cautiously reduce their number of activities for the sake of their volunteers and the surrounding areas. Nonetheless, their volunteers took strict precautions before venturing out to run awareness campaigns on the virus. They were able to provide everyday food to more than 500 families. They also arranged a human chain and rally, protesting against all forms of gender-based violence.

They distribute meat during Eid-ul-Adha every year. Currently, they are collecting winter clothes for those in need. "Our focus is always on the solution and not the problem itself, which is how we hope to get work done, regardless of the time it takes to witness an outcome," says Rayhan.

In the future, Asun Kichu Kori hopes to educate children in schools about the importance of cleanliness. "If children are taught about the essentiality of a clean environment from schools, they ought to become proactive members of the society, advocating for cleanliness," says Rayhan.

 They also hope to run projects for transgender and physically challenged individuals. Asun Kichu Kori can be easily reached through Facebook.

The author is a freelancer. Write to her at nawarzareen@gmail.com.

 

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