Most Bangladeshi community people are involved in catering businesses and due to Covid-19 lockdown many Bangladeshis have lost their job and are in financial hardship.
ABWT is proudly serving the community where many of the community members depend on the hospitality business, or working for the hospitality business and other self employment.
As a result of the pandemic many businesses are already closed or do not require as many staff as before, hence many people have lost their jobs and are struggling to meet their needs. This situation seems lasting for long which is really concerning and frustrating as a whole.
On behalf of ABWT (Aberdeen Bangladeshi Welfare Trust) we convey our gratitude and heartiest thanks to Aberdeen City Council to set up ‘The Lord Provost's Charitable Trust’ to help our city's charitable organisations in this most challenging time in the world.
We, as a charity feel privileged to receive this fund and as a result, we have been able to provide help and support to our community. We have managed to help the most vulnerable group of people in our community who live in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. We managed to help a total of 69 families by providing food and children’s clothing vouchers and also helping towards their utility bills. It has been a tremendous help to those families.
There are many challenges emerging as a result of pandemic and no doubt we all are affected somehow. However, financial implications, the negative impact on physical and mental well-being , and social isolation are the most prominent challenges we are encountering in this difficult time.
We certainly need more support from the government, local communities, organisations to help the most vulnerable who got affected. The nature of the requirements for support still remains the same, people are desperately needing help to maintain their basic needs for instance; food ,school meals, utility bills, paying rents etc. We are continuing our endeavor to serve the Bangladeshi community in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire and we are thankful to all volunteers, community members , Aberdeen city and shire council for their utmost support throughout.
I am expressing heartfelt thanks to the Authority of ABWT for their financial support in the form of the HardShip Fund to the Bangladeshi specially, students in the Granite City, Aberdeen who are adversely financially affected for COVID-19 . Their contribution is really praiseworthy. - Md Zahangir Alam PhD in Finance Student, University of Aberdeen
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