Acteus Group stands alongside the Acid Survivors Foundation

Acteus Group stands alongside the Acid Survivors Foundation

The Acteus Group stands alongside the Acid Survivors Foundation. Mr. Yann Bary, Chief Executive Officer of Acteus along with Ms. Qhaleeda Ibrahim, Business Excellence Manager paid their visit to ASF on 6 June 2024.

Mr. Sarder Jahangir Hossain, Executive Director of ASF, accompanied by ASF’s family welcomed the guests and briefed them about ASF’s integrated journey to end acid violence from Bangladesh, its accomplishments, challenges, and future initiatives.

Mr. Yann highly recognized the noble work of ASF. He understands the unique works adopting on changing environment and needs. From the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of Acteus, Mr. Yann handed over a Charitable Donation to Mr. Hossain as a token of love to continue ASF’s great work. Apart from this, he has stated that the Acteus family would indeed try to help ASF at any future opportunity.

The Executive Director thanks to Mr. Yann and his team for this visit, empathy and generous contribution to ASF. Furthermore, on behalf of the ASF team, gratitude is extended to the Dhaka Tribune team for their comprehensive coverage of the event. Mr. Hossain also invites the corporates and donor communities to extend their support to ASF for achieving the ASF’ immediate and long-term goals.

Your contribution can be preventing acid attacks and helping the survivors live life with peace, happiness, and dignity.

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Training on “Mental Health and Trauma Management”-Phase 2

Training on “Mental Health and Trauma Management”-Phase 2

The ASF recently organized the second phase of “Mental Health and Trauma Management” training, a two-day event for 21 employees of both ASF and its partner organization, Agragati Seba Sangstha (ASS). This initiative falls under the project titled “Enhancement of Mental Health Support System for Acid & Burn Violence Survivors,” generously funded by the British Asia Trust. The training, held on May 12-13, 2024, at the DISA Institute in Dhaka, focused on stress management, first aid in emergency situations, and emotional intelligence.

Led by Mukta Jahan Banu, a Clinical Psychologist, the training was also conducted by a guest trainer Mizanur Rahman, an HR Expert and Career Analyst, alongside a clinical psychologist. The comprehensive modules aimed to empower participants across various dimensions, fostering proactivity in their respective fields. Particularly, the training aimed to equip employees with essential knowledge on first aid, enabling them to play active roles during emergencies. Moreover, it aimed to enhance their ability to manage stress, both personal and professional, and develop their capacity to navigate emotional intelligence.

The stress management segment, in particular, equipped individuals with techniques to identify stressors, build resilience, and implement effective coping strategies. Investing in such training not only enhances productivity but also fosters healthier relationships and improves overall quality of life. This training program reflects ASF’s commitment to supporting its employees and partners in facing challenges effectively, ultimately contributing to a more resilient and capable workforce.

Inner Wheel Club of Dhaka North West Donated to ASF

Inner Wheel Club of Dhaka North West Donated to ASF

On April 3, 2024, the Inner Wheel Club of Dhaka North West exhibited generosity by donating two sewing machines to the acid survivors will assist them in their income generation. Moreover, a laptop was handed over to the Executive Director, Mr. Sarder Jahangir Hossain will aid in the important work of ASF. It is heartwarming to see such acts of kindness that make a real difference in the lives of those in need. The donation ceremony was spearheaded by Ms. Syeda Sara Salahuddin, President of the Inner Wheel Club of Dhaka North West, in the presence of team members including Sayeeda Anis Rakhi, Vice President-1, Sajeda Akhter, Vice President-2, and Rukhshana Newaj, Treasurer. Beyond addressing ASF’s immediate requirements, the members of the Inner Wheel Club demonstrated a deep understanding of ASF’s challenges and expressed a willingness to explore further avenues of support. The donation ceremony was well-attended by ASF staff members and the two beneficial acid survivors from the Satkhira and Narayangonj districts.

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Laptop handover to AL Amin Hossain

Laptop handover to AL Amin Hossain

Alamin Hussain, a survivor from Satkhira, was a victim of acid attack along with his three family members in 2011 when he was just eight years old. In June 2023, ASF arranged a three-month residential training program for him in Dhaka, focusing on ICT, hardware, and software, with funding provided by the Australian Government. Following this, Alamin has been participating in online training sessions remotely on digital marketing, supported by ASF, to enhance his skills and generate income through outsourcing opportunities. Alamin expressed a need for a laptop to further his learning and earning, but his family was unable to provide him with one. Upon learning of his situation, Professor Nujhat Jahan, ASF Adviser and CEO of Faith Regen Foundation, UK and Farzana Kareem generously offered to gift him a laptop. Acting on her behalf, our Trustee, Golam Abbas, purchased a high-quality and updated specification Dell laptop, which has been handed over to Alamin at our office on 25 March 2024. Wishing him success in his career endeavors. Your generous support is crucial in empowering acid survivors. You can help!

 

Meeting Between ASF and PUM

Meeting Between ASF and PUM

On the 10th of March, 2024 a meeting held between ASF and PUM-Netherlands aimed at exchanging the current endeavors of both organizations and identifying potential partnership prospects related to capacity building through a diverse range of training programs. Leading the discussion on behalf of ASF was Sarder Jahangir Hossain, the Executive Director, accompanied by team members Tahmina Islam (Case Management and Partnership), Dr. Nadia Chowdhury (Medical Officer), and Ebnul Forhad (Officer-Resource Mobilization & ICT). Representing PUM were Ms. Ellen Eggenhuizen, an Expert, and Mr. Saiful Islam Sumon, a Senior Expert.

A Pregnant Woman and her mother under an acid attack at Chadpur

A Pregnant Woman and her mother under an acid attack at Chadpur

A Pregnant Woman and her mother under an acid attack at Chadpur

Mili Akhter (20) and her mother Rasheda Begum (55) became survivors of an acid attack on 25th February, 2024 at Motlob, Chanpur. Both are currently undergoing treatment at the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery in Dhaka. Mili Akhtar’s condition is critical.

Perpetrator Shafiqul Islam harassed Mili Akhtar in many ways before her marriage. A year ago, Mili Akhtar got married to Md. Sayem. A few days ago Mili came to visit her father’s house in Sujatpur. After dinner on that night, Mili fell asleep in the same bed with her mother. The miscreants threw acid on them through the open window of the house at night and escaped.

They were burnt and screamed. Hearing their screams, other family members and neighbors came there. They rescued two seriously injured and took them to Matlab Uttar Upazila Health Complex. After that they were referred to Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery in Dhaka for better treatment.

Mili’s father filed a case against Shafiqul Islam and another person at Matlab North Police Station on 26th February, 2024. Police arrested a man named Shafiqul Islam Manik (25).

A representative from ASF visited them in the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery to know their condition and advised them to contact ASF if they required our assistance.

 

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