“Philanthropy University has transformed my life and made me thirsty to get involved in any philanthropic initiative or task. I’m a changed man who is motivated to do some good deeds in the society where I grew up.”
BangladeshFebruary 22, 2018
Ahmed Al Asheq felt something was missing from his work as a bank loan officer in Fadipur, Bangladesh. Though the loans he processed helped local farmers and stimulated the local economy, Ahmed yearned for more hands-on opportunities to give back to his community. Connecting to a local literacy project for low-income elders, Ahmed began teaching as a volunteer.
Touched by the experience, Ahmed searched for ways to learn more about philanthropy and enrolled in all seven of Philanthropy University’s courses. After completing his coursework, Ahmed became more committed than ever to giving back to his community and developed his own idea for a social enterprise that would address the inequities in his country’s education system, one family at a time.
The idea for his project was inspired by memories of his mother giving away his used schoolbooks to a neighbor in need when Ahmed was a child. Called Education for All, the program focuses on collecting and redistributing used school materials to low-income children whose families can’t afford the steep costs for schools, books, or tutors. It also provides English literacy classes to address the country’s proficiency challenges that stem from poor quality schools and teachers.
With the support of his wife and some donors, Ahmed recently launched Education for All and already has five local families participating. A website is also in the works, and Ahmed and staff are developing a strategy to reach more donors and grow the program.
“Philanthropy University has transformed my life and made me thirsty to get involved in any philanthropic initiative or task,” said Ahmed, who now tries to commit one act of kindness each day. “I’m a changed man who is motivated to do some good deeds in the society where I grew up.”
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