A Plea to Help the Flood Victims of Bangladesh
Dear Friends, as most of you know, the northeast region of Bangladesh has been hard hit by heavy monsoon rain and significant flooding that has left millions of people stranded in life-threatening conditions, primarily in the low-lying rural areas. The catastrophic flooding has swept away people, their households and belongings, and dry grains, cattle, and poultry that would provide. The crumbling infrastructure and communication system affected by flooding have jeopardized relief work and the supply of goods and foods. The flood victims, who are waterlogged and trapped, barely survive on anything they can get hold of. Those who have managed to reach a relief centre face the scarcity of dry foods and basic needs. The urban areas of Sylhet, Sunamganj, Habiganj, and Moulvibazar are also underwater impeding people’s daily lives in the towns and cities. The greater Sylhet area did not experience such devasting and wide-ranging flooding for almost a century.
As a low-lying delta region, Bangladesh faces the constant threat of climate-change-related natural disasters. However, the recent flooding with heavy rainfall is unprecedented, disproportionately affecting those living in already underprivileged conditions.
It is our urgent appeal to you all to join us in helping the victims and supporting the delivery of dry foods and necessities. Please donate to BUET 87 Foundation using the button below. Your zakat can be used for the same cause. Any amount of donation will go a long way in supporting the people in the most direful situations
BUET87 Foundation Scholarship Project
There are thousands of poor kids who are very talented but can not continue their education because of financial burden. Many of them can not pay for the cost of tuition, books and even clothes. Many of them have to help their family as an earning member. So they do not even get time to study. If these kids were given a little bit of help they could pass these barriers and shine in their life just like every body else.
BUET87 Foundation started a project in 2011 to provide a single scholarship for a year to one such kid in the rural Bangladesh. And yes, the kid did excellent result after getting the scholarship because he did not have to pull rickshaw any more as the amount he got was helping his family. After that great success we started more scholarships and got excellent results. We believe we can open many more doors for many more kids in the coming years and that will have significant effect in the society.
We have formed a scholarship fund for these scholarships. We select candidates based on their merits and family financial situations. After we select and offer scholarship to them, we also take the responsibility of monitoring the progress of their education. After an application for scholarship is approved for a certain period (usually one year) by the BUET87 executive board, two supervisors (a local guardian in student’s residence area and a BUET87 representative) are assigned. With close co-operation among the student, local guardian and BUE87 representative, the study progress of the scholarship recipient is evaluated at regular intervals and feedback is provided by BUET87 to the student through the local guardian. The scholarship period is also subject to be extended with promising result shown by the student.
The application form can be requested by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Old Home Project
Buet 87 Foundation will be helpling in putting up a rehabilitation center for aged people in Sonatola, Bogra. As more and more young are entering into workforce, older and aged are left alone to deal with old age and end of life issues. A developing country, Bangladesh does not have enough resources to provide this care. This is a huge task but non government organizations are coming forward to fill this gap. This Old Home And Rehabilitation Center will be a place of peace for men and women of 60+ years of age who do not have any income. The facility being built, to house initially 20 elderly people will provide food, accommodation, medical, clothing, entertainment and funeral services. Per person cost being is estimated at BDT 6,000 to 7,000. The facility has land accommodation and has a plan of extending and providing care for 500 individuals in future. Please come forward and donate toward this noble cause.
Attached are some pictures of elderly people who are currently being assisted with cash benefits but are in the plan of getting moved to the facility.
Winter Cloth Distribution
As we do every year, Buet87 Foundation is distributing Winter Cloth for the needy in Bangladesh to save them from the severe and unprotected cold. It is not hard to imagine how lack of the minimum protection of a piece of warm cloth feels. In the Northern Part of Bangladesh, the effect is the most. We have already started our operation in Rajshahi Char area for a group of young students but your help will enable us sustain and extend the operation.
The Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) is the first department in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Bangladesh, which is working relentlessly towards improving computing education and research in the country. From a humble beginning in 1982 with only postgraduate program, soon the CSE Department was able to attract the most talented youths of the country when it started offering the country’s first Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BScEngg) in CSE degree in 1986, under the leadership of Professor Dr Mahbubur Rahman Syed who served as the Head of the CSE Department from 1986 to 1992. Mahbub Sir is widely acknowledged as the architect of the world-class CSE curriculum, which is still relevant and has been followed by all reputed universities in Bangladesh. The continuous enrolment of brilliant students, dedication of the competent teachers, and the amicable environment of teacher-student relationship fostered by Mahbub Sir made the CSE Department a unique one in the country.
Mahbub Sir was born on April 5, 1952. He attended then Momenshahi (now Mirzapur) Cadet College (2nd batch) and commenced his BScEngg degree at the Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) Department of BUET, before departing in 1972 for education in Hungary with scholarship. He received his PhD degree from the Technical University of Budapest in 1980. He returned to BUET in 1982 as a faculty and was promoted to the Head of the CSE Department in 1986. He supervised over 20 Masters by Research theses at BUET and received the Young Excellent Scientist Award from UNESCO. He soon fell victim of internal politics for his success and fame at such a young age and had to leave BUET in 1992. Regrettably, Bangladesh could not avail his service to the fullest potential; the world, however, did not miss that opportunity. He continued his passion for teaching and research by serving in reputed universities in Australia and USA. Mahbub Sir was the Chairman and Professor of the Computer Information Science (CIS) Department at the Minnesota State University, Mankato, USA until the day he passed away on April 14, 2021, immediately after celebrating his 69th birthday. He is survived by wife Sharifun Nessa Syed and son Tahin Syed.
Mahbub Sir had an enviably colorful career that started with leading an infant department to its adolescence and ended at leading a matured department to a special height — completing a full circle in some sense. The personal note from the President of Minnesota State University, Mankato may be quoted in this regard, which perfectly captures the true nature of our Mahbub Sir:
“On a personal note, it was always a pleasure for me to Meet with Dr Syed because he was truly a gentleman and always left me with something to think about. I value his wisdom and insight on a variety of issues and know he cared deeply about others, especially his students. He will be sorely missed.” – Professor Richard Davenport
Tahin has created a memorial website for Mahbub Sir (https://www.forevermissed.com/mahbubur-syed/) where tributes, stories, and photos from his family, friends, students, colleagues, and the alumni of CSE Department are being archived.
We, the alumni of the CSE Department, along with the current students, faculty members of the department and other units of BUET where he served, have planned to create a Memorial Fund for Mahbub Sir by contributing to the BUET Endowment Fund, which managed by the BUET authority. We plan to invest the Memorial Fund in Bangladesh Government’s Wage Earner’s Development Bond to establish the following Memorial Awards, funded from the annual return on investment, to commemorate Mahbub Sir’s passion for teaching and excellence in applied research:
|Memorial Award||Description||#||Amount per award||Total amount|
|1.||Mahbubur Rahman Syed Research Chair in Applied Technology||Awarded to a faculty member of BUET for 6 months with the following entitlement: Teaching relief with teaching assistant for 14 weeks Research assistant for 6 months Conference travel grant Honorarium||2||৳625,000||৳1,250,000|
|2.||Mahbubur Rahman Syed Best Paper Award||Awarded to the authors of best papers in international conferences organized/held in Bangladesh||4||৳5,000||৳20,000|
Assuming 10% annual return on investment in Wage Earner’s Development Bond, we aim to fundraise ৳12,700,000 = $150,000 (USD) so that these awards are self-sustained perpetually.
How to Contribute
When our kids celebrate their Birthdays in the USA or in other parts of the world, let us make it also an event to celebrate with their friends in Bangladesh who are not so fortunate. By making them part of the celebration will give an opportunity to our kids living abroad to build the compassion and kinship with Bangladesh which we all hope our kids develop.
Part of the event, we will arrange food,cake and other foods of your liking for the kids abroad, in some orphanage or similar place and at an scheduled time will connect the kids from both sides over Facebook live to exchange greetings with each other. Cost of the event is minimum $200 US, you can increase too for other gifts if you desire so.
You can schedule the event by filling up this form.