[Dhaka, July 28, 2020] Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has tapered the happiness around the nation and has led people to celebrate a muted Eid-ul-Fitr. While the crisis is still ongoing, it has somehow evolved into the 'new normal.' To continue supporting and standing beside the people in need, Grameenphone employees collaborate with Bidyanondo Foundation to provide special Eid meals to more than 31,000 underprivileged populations on the joyous occasion of Eid-ul-Adha.
The pandemic has severely impacted the low-income group and has led them to face hardships to arrange adequate food and nutritious supplies. The initiative by both Grameenphone and Bidyanondo Foundation, known as 'Grameenphone Eid er Khushi', can bring joyous moments to these people's lives during the Eid. Grameenphone employees have contributed to arranging special Eid meals for more than 31,000 people from their festival bonus to spread Eid's joy with Bangladesh's most impacted community.
Grameenphone and Bidyanondo Foundation signed an MoU in this regard on July 28. Syed Tanvir Husain, Chief Human Resources Officer, Grameenphone, Kishor Das, Founder Chairman of Bidyanondo Foundation along with Fazlul Haque, Acting President of Grameenphone Employees Union (GPEU), Khairul Basher, Head of Communications, Hafizur Rahman Khan, Lead Specialist of Sustainability of Grameenphone were present at a virtual ceremony of the signing.
GP employees believe that this is time to stay besides country people, while COVID-19 impacts millions of people, especially the low-income community. It is possible to make Eid more meaningful during this challenging time if we all together come forward to continue to support the people around us.
On this occasion, Kishor Das, Founder Chairman of the Bidyanondo Foundation, said, "The COVID-19 has severely affected most of the population through a decline in income, loss of jobs, closing of shops and business activities, and even a complete halt of income. Most of the poor people are facing hardships to arrange adequate food supply. Thus, numerous organizations and the Government have been continuously trying their best to support these distress populations. Grameenphone has come forward with various activities to support the poor. We are extremely pleased to be working with them on this initiative of helping people and providing some happiness to them during such a crisis."
The Eid fest (meal) to more than 31,000 people will be arranged in Dhaka, Chottogram, Rajshahi, Kurigram, Narayangonj, Rangpur, Coxsbazar, and Khagrachori. Bidyanondo will organize the entire fest. The fest will start from Eid day and expected to continue till August 3.
Syed Tanvir Husain, Chief Human Resources Officer, Grameenphone, added, "Eid teaches us to sacrifice and spread joy with people around us. I am happy that together as a family, we have come forward to spread Eid happiness with distressed people in these challenging times. We thank our philanthropic partner Bidyanondo Foundation for providing special Eid meals and bringing joyous moments for the vulnerable lives during Eid."
Besides this, Grameenphone has taken several other initiatives to support the under-served population from the beginning of COVID-19 in Bangladesh. Grameenphone employees donated BDT 4,620,856 to Biddanondo Foundation to arrange Eid fest. Grameenphone will continue to stand and support the people of Bangladesh.
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