RATIONALE BEHIND FOUNDATION: The Dream Catchers’ Story
Being a student of high calibre, she believed education is the key to success of not only personal goal but national objectives. She has left such a deep mark in her short but very successful student life, her teachers, professors, sport coach and her peers – they have vivid memories of her brilliance as an academic. She was also an accomplished sport person. She loved to play basketball and was part of her school’s basketball team. She was very clear what she wanted to achieve and how to go about them. She volunteered to educate street children and kids of an orphanage, to provide life skill to acid survivors, planting trees, etc. She volunteered at the HOPE Foundation, who provides medical support to victims of violence, particularly acid victims and also with the HABITAT for Humanity Bangladesh to build shelters/houses for the organisation’s beneficiaries.
The five values she upheld all through her short by impactful life were: Respect (“I want to become successful, hardworking and accepting, but at the same time care for those around me and appreciate the fortunate life I live”); Gratitude (“This value informs my purpose because I aim to help those around me and give back to the people of my country who are suffering from poverty and hunger”); Determination (“Determination is something one should always possess because it is always important to aim high”); Open mindedness (“I try my best to accept those around me and become more aware of the various culture and traditions”); and Trust (“It is crucial to treat others correctly and to also be surrounded by those you trust will be a good influence on you”).
These principles reflected in every sphere of her life – her choice of future profession – “I want to start and NGO – to help the underprivileged to change their lives’; her enthusiasm to spend her free time volunteering for NGOs – “I feel passionately about helping others and I believe that is what I am set out to do ultimately”; she was a true champion of the philosophy that the people with resources should help people in need to make this world a better place. “One must strive to use some of her or his time to make the world a better place. This is because we all live in the same world and it is our duty to help preserve it for not just for ourselves but for future generations”.
So, the Abinta Kabir Foundation (AKF) started their journey to make those dreams a reality so the generations could benefit from an exceptional role model’s even more exceptional aspirations.