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Official FOBANA Press Release: FOBANA Announces FOBANA 2015 Award Recipient’s Name
Every year FOBANA selects one organization for their outstanding contribution to society and this year is no exception. On behalf of the FOBANA Award Committee the current Chairperson of the Committee Mr. Atiquer Rahman (Florida) has proposed to FOBANA Executive Committee to accept their nomination for this year’s award. The Award Committee nominated Trinamul Nari Uddoktya Society (Grassroots) of Bangladesh as the recipient of the FOBANA 2015 award. This organization is registered under Ministry of Women and Children Affairs of Government of Bangladesh (Regd. no.Dhaka/379/2012). They have been actively working for economic freedom of home based worker and self employed workers of Bangladesh (Close to 30 million of which 80% are Women). They help these destitute women by training them on how to produce marketable goods and then give them opportunities to attend various exhibition and fairs to showcase their products. They had helped these women attend many fairs in Bangladesh, China and India. This year they are planning to send 10 of their best members to FOBANA 2015 Convention to be held in New York in September. They have already started to produce and exported Coconut Coir product From Barisal, Tulsi Leaf Tea From Gaibandha, Laxmipur district, Thaiclay product, Sylhet District Monipuri Handicrafts, and Rupganj’s Jamdani Products.
Based on the nomination from the Award Committee and upon verification of their credentials and record, FOBANA Executive Committee is delighted to announce that this year’s FOBANA award will go to Trinamul Nari Uddoktya Society (Grassroots).
They have been notified with this good news. We have also notified the Honorable State Minister Meher Afroz Chumki, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs and told her that an agency register under her ministry has been selected as this year’s award recipient. We had invited her to be present in New York on September 6 when the award will be presented to Grassroots officials.
Mr. Himangshu Mitra, CEO of Grassroots will come from Bangladesh to accept the award. He will be accompanied by Mrs. Shahin Akhter Sathi, Central Committee Vice President, Mrs. Touhida Haider, Central Committee Treasurer, Mrs. Selina Haider Dhaka, District President, Mrs. Rabeya Akter Riea, Sylhet District Committee Member and Mrs. Salma Akhter, Central Committee Member. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has already issued Letter of Introduction in favor of them and requested US Embassy for their visa.
|Name of Committee||Chairperson|
|Constitution and Procedure Review Committee||Musharraf Hussain (DC)|
|Legal Committee||Mohamed Alamgir (DC)|
|Unification Committee||Mir Chowdhury (NJ)|
|Media and Public Awareness||Azadul Haq (TX)|
|Business & Investment Committee||Rabiul Karim Belal (KS)|
|Budget and Finance Committee||Shah Haleem (TX)|
|Youth Forum Committee||Babul Hai (FL)|
|Health & Wellness Committee||Nahid Chowdhury Mamun (NJ)|
|Social Networking Committee||Syed Belal (CA)|
|Newsletter Committee||Zahid Hossain (CA)|
|Bangladesh Liaison Committee||M Mowla Dilu (GA)|
|Seminar Committee||Hashmat Mobin (TX)|
|Cultural Committee||Rehan Reza (KS)|
|Alumni Committee||Mahbub Rahim (AZ)|
|Membership Verification Committee||Jashim Uddin (GA)|
|Mainstream Liaison Committee||Dr. Ahsan Chowdhury (TX)|
|Awards and Guest Selection Committee||Atiquer Rahman (FL)|
|Scholarship Committee||Rehan Reza (KS)|