Funds raised from the Winter Blanket Drive (WBD) will be used to provide blankets to poor families, particularly in North Bengal (e.g., Dinajpur, Rangpur) as they face significant hardship in dealing with the cold winter. Our implementing partners include Nourish Bangladesh vetted non-profit organizations and grassroot volunteers all across Bangladesh.
Donations here are used for food distribution and cash transfers to a diverse group of economically disadvantaged Bangladeshi residents as they face covid19, floods, cyclones, and the Rohingya refugee crisis. Your donations are distributed among a dozen rigorously vetted implementers including non-profits (e.g. JAAGO, BDesh, Bidyanondo)
People in Bangladesh were looking ahead to a bright future for their country, on the heels of a decade of remarkable economic growth. But they now find themselves in the midst of an unprecedented global crisis. Ramifications of the Covid-19 pandemic reach deep and were made only worse by Cyclone Amphan in May 2020 and then the devastating floods since July, putting Bangladesh on the brink of a severe humanitarian crisis. Many have lost their livelihoods during the lockdown, and significant parts of the population are at risk of possible starvation. They need our help, urgently.
We are a diverse international group of volunteers fundraising for Bangladesh, to help them fight hunger as they deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, an event we truly hope remains as rare if not rarer than once in a hundred years.
In addition to raising awareness and collecting donations, we care deeply about making the most of a donor’s money. So we have convened a team of students, academics, a professor specializing in economic development, and individuals with ground experience volunteering in Bangladesh to research and thoroughly vet NGOs and grassroots volunteer groups on behalf of the donors.
I gave to Nourish Bangladesh because my donation not only helps meet the humanitarian needs of the people of Bangladesh, but also supports an amazing mission. Nourish Bangladesh is not an NGO; it focuses on fundraising and vetting. Through years of experience, first-hand knowledge, and a background in development economics, Nourish Bangladesh is uniquely qualified to direct needed funds to NGOs and grassroots volunteer organizations. I saw this firsthand as a Carleton student participating Professor Bhuiyan’s Microeconomic Development Seminar in Bangladesh. In order to utilize funds to tackle humanitarian crises, it is necessary to 1) make connections with the community, NGOs, government, and other key stakeholders; 2) understand the needs of the community and the socio-economic factors at play; and 3) understand the work being performed by NGOs/volunteers. Nourish Bangladesh developed these needed competencies over years of visits to Bangladesh, building relationships with communities and stakeholders, performing site visits of NGOs, and analyzing development economics research on Bangladesh and countries around the world. I was elated to hear Professor Bhuiyan planned to leverage his platform to put the classroom into action! I urge you to support Nourish Bangladesh any way you can. Your support will make a life changing impact for those most in need!