Abinta Kabir Foundation Stands to Aid Acid Victims
Abinta Kabir Foundation is an initiative that aspires to take form and become an entity which showers the benevolence that Abinta had. It was Abinta’s dream to help those who are less fortunate and those who need it the most. Abinta always strived to fulfill their need and dreamt, of one day, making an organization that would work to better the lives of such that included acid victims. Her strong sense of morals and values have made this organization to be what it is and it also inspires the Foundation to uphold her memories through social work.
Abinta dreamt of building a wholesome loving community where everyone was treated equally. She hoped that no one would be treated as outcasts in the society and that everyone would be able to fulfill their ambitions and dreams. Once during a social work, Abinta came across victims of acid violence and seeing a little boy of just 8-years old made her question how and why do people commit such heinous acts. She wrote, “the acid burned the boy’s mouth and throat and he now needs to use a feeding pipe for the rest of his life… I wondered what kind of life he would lead, as he grew older; as if this pain and lifetime burden were not enough, society also treats acid victims as outcasts…I am inspired by the strength of these people”. Taking this as recount from her life, the Foundation aims to help acid victims and better their conditions.
In this context, we attempted to show our never ending support for initiatives like Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF). On March 29, 2017, the Abinta Kabir Foundation donated 140-meter fabric for pressure garments to the Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF). Pressure garments is a special type of fabric that is required for acid and burn survivors. By using these garments, better physiotherapy treatment can be given to the acid and burn survivors. These garments will provide health benefits, such as protecting fragile skin, promoting better circulation of blood in damaged tissues, decreasing itching, helping to keep moisturizers on the wounds, and, so, lubricating the damaged skin. This will lead to the better rehabilitation of the victims as they get well. Upon receiving the donation, Selina Ahmed, Executive Director of Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF) in a thanking note to Abinta Kabir Foundation wrote, “your generous support will contribute to continuing our mission. It is expected that these pressure garments will benefit about 300 survivors of acid and other burn violence approximately 1000 times in next two years”.
At Abinta Kabir Foundation, we want to ensure that acid victims, who suffer unimaginable pain, are not treated as outcasts by society and instead are looked after with care. In the future, we want to inspire them and help them to get enough opportunities in the pursuit of their ambitions.
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