Published on March 10, 2014
PHYSICALLY-CHALLENGED DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION-PDF
a AIMS OF PHYSICALLY-CHALLENGED DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION To create social awareness about disability Ensure that the disabled in our society have equal rights Create a skilled work force within the disabled community Promote active citizenship, community service and volunteerism to create young leaders AWARENESS. EMPOWERMENT. CARE. ACTION
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT, Mizanur Rahman Introducing everyone to PDF Physically-challenged Development Foundation” (PDF) is a voluntary & charitable organization dedicated to changing the lives of the disabled. It promotes active citizenship and strongly believes in youth involvement and women’s’ empowerment. PDF started its journey from Jahangir Nagar University in 2008. Today PDF has completed more than hundred projects. PDF started 2011 by launching PDF SUMMER CHALLENGE, which was the biggest breakthrough. Today PDF is a family of thousands of well wishers working together for the greater benefit of our country. In this journey to serve humanity, we welcome your participation. Support the physically challenged, support our work with whatever you can – your good wishes, your prayers, your time, your money, your good advice and your networks. Our call is not only for those who are well off; it’s for every single person who still has accountability to his heart. Because, we believe, in every age, there are people who strive for positive change and people who just witness the changes being made. Which do you choose to be – Change- maker or Silent spectator? PDF is not just a traditional organization; it is the name of a movement; a moral movement; a movement to find out if, in the extreme hustle and bustle of modern life, our hearts are still alive – Barrister Naser Alam, a proud patron of PDF
WILL YOU BE THE CHANGEMAKER OR SILENT SPECTATOR? Summary of PDF. After its founding in 2008 by Mizanur Rahman Kiron, PDF is a well known organization in community service that has often been applauded by Valerie Taylor- founder of CRP. Since then, PDF has grown tremendously and is currently organized into 8 branches in the country covering many of the leading universities. Our network also includes students from lots of Bengali and English medium schools. A total of nearly 3,000 volunteers have worked for PDF in our journey so far. The organization has fought for the rights of disabled people since its inception. We have regularly held awareness and fundraising projects and have also succeeded in imposing housing allowances and quotas for disabled students in Dhaka University and Jahangirnagar University. A FEW PROJECTS AT A GLANCE LEARN from the some of the best people in community service EXPERIENCE how impacting the lives of others can impacts yours Take ACTION to bring about positive change Project Summer Challenge Project Stop Project Acceptance Project Healthy Heart Project Sunrise Project Mita Project Placement Project Sleep Tight AND MANY MORE…
WE BELIEVE IN A BETTER FUTURE The dreams that keep us going. PDF as an organization does not give the guarantee that we will succeed in changing the lives of disabled people in this country. We cannot guarantee with surety whether our goal of building that perfect utopia will ever come true. But what we guarantee is that we shall most definitely try. We believe that the fate of Bangladesh tomorrow is being decided today by how her youth is being nurtured. Therefore we strongly encourage the participation of our youth in activities that will benefit the nation and advocate youth-led community service. We are not naïve enough to believe that simply participating in our projects will make one a future leader. But what we do believe is that it will certainly arouse responsibility in them and create inside them a feeling that something needs to be done to improve our society and that they are entirely capable of bringing the change that they have always dreamed of. Although we have come far since our founding in 2008, there are still many miles to go. PDF promises to strive relentlessly towards that goal- for we have discovered through helping others that there is no greater glory than that in helping a person smile. An Example among hundreds of others: Abdur Rahim is a blind student of Jahangirnagar University. In his initial years, he faced a lot of problems in his academic life and even missed out on some exams as the university had no facilities for another writer to assist him. However, PDF intervened and provided him with all facilities he needed in order to make his life better and more dignified. The gratitude of people such as Abdur Rahim is our greatest achievement so far. Jolly Kowser was an ambitious woman who lost her vision in 2004. When her world went dark, PDF arose as her light of hope “I am really grateful to PDF for my present job at BGMEA. Here I am working as a Senior Executive. To work properly, a disabled person only needs support and a friendly environment. I dream of a society where disabled people can enjoy their rights in all sectors. Thanks PDF for their support to help us live with dignity.”
Advisory body Central Executives Branch Executives Volunteers Branch Executives Volunteers Branch Executives Volunteers Rajshahi Savar Chittago Dhaka “Before I joined community service, I thought it was only a responsibility- now I see how fun it can be! Here I have discovered myself through helping others. I wholeheartedly thank my family at PDF for creating a platform to serve the nation.” Shariq Bin Nasim is a dedicated volunteer of PDF and President of PDF Gulshan Branch. He considers PDF to be his family A FAMILY OF DREAMERS The Organizational Structure Branches in Dhaka THE 8 BRANCHES OF PDF: 1. Jahangirnagar University 2. Dhaka University 3. North South University 4. Bangladesh University of Professionals 5. Gulshan 6. Uttara 7. Chittagong University 8. Rajshahi University
The organization has fought for the rights of disabled people since its inception. We have regularly held awareness and fundraising projects and have also succeeded in imposing housing allowances and quotas for disabled students in Dhaka University and Jahangirnagar University. SUMMER CHALLENGELet’s compete to end the problems in our society Last year’s Summer Challenge was a huge success. 15 teams competed for the glory of having served the people best over a period of 45 days. But Summer Challenge is more than just a competition. It is a remarkable journey that will change your perspective to life forever. This year, we bring back to you PDF’s main event. Summer Challenge is back- its bigger, its better. So be with us in our journey of smiles and tears: Summer Challenge 2012
v A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENT Summer Challenge 2012 For the next 45 days from the workshop, 15 teams with 10 people each will compete to bring positive change to our society. Last year over 1000 physically-challenged or underprivileged people benefited from Summer Challenge. Summer Challenge is PDF’s one of the main events and biggest social service events among the youth of the country. The project also raises awareness among society and encourages young people to take up voluntary service to the nation. We believe what Bangladesh will be tomorrow is being decided by her youth today. Summer Challenge will no doubt help in creating leadership among the youth. PLAN to realize the dream of a better Bangladesh IMPLEMENT your plans to be the change we seek Earn honor, RESPECT, recognition and above all- satisfaction
PROJECT LIGHTHOUSEA light of hope when the world goes dark The world of the blind is said to be dark. Yet we dare to differ in opinion. While we cannot promise to succeed… We promise to strive to be their light in the dark Photo Credit of Jonboy from- Deviantart
A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENT Project Lighthouse According to a recent survey, around 2000 disabled Students are currently studying in various levels – from primary to Universities – around the Dhaka city. The amount rises to a much higher level, if students with other disabilities are included in this list. As far as we have seen the main problem for the Physically-Challenged students is to bear their minimum cost for their educational purposes. Unable to fulfill that need, their life ends up in frustration and ultimately their educational career ends in the halfway. The ultimate vision of PDF is to create a group of talented and well educated generation among this class of Physically-Challenged students. So our plan is to provide full technical and logistical support for them. Services such as Braille Printing, Language teaching, IT course and other Cultural Courses will be taught to them at a free of cost. To provide free printing service to 15 Visually Impaired Students monthly Computer training service: 15 students per three months is getting certificate courses Language Club: 15 students will get the chance to enroll in a 6 month long language course (Is not start yet) Whatever barriers will be there in front of us, still we will remain hopeful. Because we know, there are people out there who will be ready to help us – with the best thing they can. The initiative is applauded by Sister Valerie Taylor of CRP Many blind students are getting benefits from the project One of our trainee (Usha) and trainer (Lucky) of Computer Course
. . . Photo News We are the ones we have been waiting for WE ARE THE CHANGE THAT WE SEEK Contact Us: Mobile: +880 1718 072965 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.pdfbd.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/pdfbd
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