Sunday, June 24, 2018

Greens share Eid joy with slum women, children

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Think about the very nature of mother earth. It is compassionate, caring, loving and fellow feeling.Are we not all blessed with those bounties?

Believing that we are all blessed - urban gardeners of Facebook based group 'Green Bangladesh' - exchanged and gifted saplings or seeds to each other.

However, just days ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, the group members distributed Eid gifts among the slum children based on the same concept.

The 'Green Bangladesh' members distributed gift bags with special food items, chocolates and cash among 500 women and children on Tuesday on the Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University campus.    

"We took the initiative quite suddenly. We are very happy after being able to do the job successfully," ABM Billal Hossain, admin of the group, told The Asian Age.

"One of us proposed providing gifts to the less fortunate women and children, when we were talking about holding an Iftar party for the group members. I was a bit of confused then as we use to operate in a non-financial framework.

The idea of raising funds made me a bit uneasy," Billal said, adding that the spontaneous participation, plenty gifts and donation from the members made the whole thing a matter of joy.

In Bangladesh, older people give 'Eid selami' to the kids with new cash. Lutfa Niru, one of the group members, however kept the sweet tradition on by bringing crispy new Taka notes and distributing it to some 200 cheering and happy children.
Billal thanked Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University Professor AA Jamal Uddin for his support by accompanying them to a slum for the program.

"The truth is, we were quite taken aback while distributing chocolates and preparing the children's list on that day. The simplicity and honesty of those unprivileged angels simply surprised us.

Now we are mulling the idea of conducting '90 Minutes School' for the slum people to teach them about hygiene and nutrition," he said who is also an Assistant Secretary at Bangladesh Parliament Secretariat.

"If you work for raising the bottom-line of happiness of the poor, the return is nothing but pure happiness for yourself." Billal wrapped up his feelings in those few words.

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