Partnership with Rotary International
As a result of a hastily prepared meeting of Canadian and Bangladeshi Rotarians held in a cafeteria at the Montreal International Rotary Conference in the spring of 2010, a new partnership was been created.
With the assistance of Rotary District 7070 Literacy Chair, Joan Hayward, Zone Coordinators Roger Hayward (for Canada) and Safina Rahman (for Bangladesh) and Rotary International Literacy Coordinator Richard Hattwick, an Agreement in Principle was made between the Rotary Club of Belleville, Ontario, Canada and the the Rotary Club of Midtown Dhaka, Bangladesh with Amarok Society for the purpose of supporting specific initiatives in the poorest slums of Dhaka.
This tripartite agreement has the Belleville Rotary Club assisting Amarok Society by raising awareness of their work and raising money to support their Mothers-of-Intention programme. The Midtown Dhaka Rotary will administer funds from Dhaka. This will allow AS to reach into more of the 300 slums in the poorest city in the poorest country in the poorest region in the world.
Rotary Clubs wishing to have a presentation about Amarok Society are invited to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Partnership with FreeSchools World Literacy
In May, 2010, we met with Sue and Derek Tennant. Sue Tennant is the Director of FreeSchools World Literacy, an organization that empowers women and children with free education in developing countries. FreeSchools has global partners in Canada, United States and Australia.
We are pleased to announce that FreeSchools has sponsored Amarok Society Womens’ Schools, and we look forward to working together with this progressive and compassionate organization in cooperative projects in the future.
Friendship with Rupantar (Bangladesh)
Founded in 1992, Rupantar is a Bangladeshi social and environmental development organization. At the beginning, its activities were mainly cultural; Rupantar activists performed theatrical productions and popular folk music on various important social issues and challenges. While retaining that core focus, it has since broadened its activities. The fundamental principal of Rupantar is based on the hypothesis that culture and sustainable development are closely connected, and that culture can be used to counter the negative forces or impacts that prevail as social customs, norms and beliefs having detrimental effects on economic and social development.
Friendship with Baridhara Mohila Samobaya Samity, Ltd. (Bangladesh)
Baridhara Mohila Samobaya Samity, Ltd., is a women’s financial cooperative of Dhaka, Bangladesh. With depositors and members numbering nearly 40,000 poor women, it is probably the largest women’s organization in Bangladesh, and is believed to be the largest women’s cooperative in Asia. It began as a project of Worldvision in 1989; when Worldvision wished to close the project a few years later, the members undertook to operate it themselves. It was after the departure of Worldvision that the Samity’s main growth and development took place. Its membership is solely poor women, who are able to enter into deposit programmes or take out loans. The Samity is distinguishable from Bangladesh’s famous microcredit projects in that it charges considerably less interest on loans. Baridhara Mohila Samobaya Samity, Ltd., also works in charitable cooperation with Amarok Society.