Uttaran Juba Sangathan works to encourage young people in volunteering, mobilize resources, create social awareness, build a just and responsible society, inculcate the competence to see and the courage to act for ethnic communities.
Moulvibazar (AsiaNews) - Uttaran Juba Sangathan, a Christian youth organization, together with 29 youth organizations, has won the Joy Bangla Youth Award 2020 for its work in favor of the development of the country and society.
On the evening of November 17, Sajeeb Wazed Joy, son of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and ICT adviser, announced the winners of a virtual program organized by Young Bangla, the youth platform of Awami League's Center for Research and Information (CRI). League.
Sajeeb is president of CRI. The Catholic Pius Nanour, president of Uttaran Juba Sangathan comes from the Bormachora Tea Garden of the Sreemangal parish of Moulvibazar. Their youth organization works for all people of faith. He tells AsiaNews that their organization has worked to connect young people in volunteering, mobilize resources, create social awareness, build a just and responsible society, instill the competence to see and the courage to act for the society of little-known ethnic communities. of tea garden and to assist the educated and knowledgeable citizen of Bangladesh.
Pius Nanour reports that only 25% of the tea garden ethnic communities are educated. A tea worker only receives 102 BDT (approximately 1 euro) per day. Due to their low income, they are unable to educate their children. So Pius founded a youth organization in 2009 where students and non-students are members of the village.
Pius says: “From our youth organization, we give courage and advice to tea workers so that take an interest in their children's education. We told them there are ways to continue providing education. We will find them, send your children to school or university ".
“We look for ways in which students can get scholarships, grants. We have established links for the donation and about 50 students are now studying at various public universities,” says Pius.
Pius reports that they have networked with the top management of some public universities so that students from the tea community can study there, at a share with the scholarship. In addition to providing educational support to students for the people of the tea community, members of their organization do volunteer work. They built a road. "We asked the leaders of the local government - Union Parishad - to build a road several times, but they did not succeed. Then we built a connecting road, and finally the leaders of the local government also helped us to build it."
In the period of emergency, the youth organization raised awareness by distributing flyers (pictured) for COVID-19. He set up a language school for an ethnic group so that that language can be preserved for future generations. “The Joy Bangla Youth Award inspired us. We will continue our work to develop our company, ”says Pius.
Simon Karkata, a university student and member of Uttaran Juba Sangathan, tells AsiaNews that without the support of this youth organization he would not be able to graduate. “I lost my father when I was in eighth grade. My tea garden job didn't have the ability to send me to college, but Uttaran Juba Sangathan showed me how. I got a scholarship and could easily get to my degree at Rajshahi University with the help of this organization. "
Like Simon Karkata, hundreds of ethnic young people from the tea garden community are now fulfilling the dream of removing poverty from their very little money making family. Some young people have already achieved and contribute to society and the nation.
Uttaran Juba Sangathan worked in 20 villages creating networks for all people of faith. More than 300,000 workers are employed on Bangladesh's tea plantations. 75% of the workers are women. Many are descendants of ethnic workers brought from central India by the British. About 10,000 workers are Christians, but most of them are Hindus. However, Sajeeb Wazed Joy described the winning organization's work as "exceptional" and is working to serve ordinary people in an inspiring way.
She says: “I thanked the youth organizations for working for poor children, people with disabilities and other marginalized people. He's trying to fix the problems he's encountered while others workers are employed in Bangladesh's tea plantations. 75% of the workers are women. Many are descendants of ethnic workers brought from central India by the British. About 10,000 workers are Christians, but most of them are Hindus.
However, Sajeeb Wazed Joy described the winning organization's work as "exceptional" and is working to serve ordinary people in an inspiring way. He says: “I thanked the youth organizations for working for poor children, people with disabilities and other marginalized people."
“They (the winners) are not big organizations, maybe just one young man working in a village. But they are helping people with their ideas instead of complaining. This is what we should all do. "