Reputed educationist and researcher Prof Dr Ahmed Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury, also the Vice Chairperson of Brac, has decided to donate $50,000, half of the award money he received as part of the prestigious “Medical Award of Excellence”, to “Shomman Foundation”.
Prof Dr Mushtaque, the first South Asian recipient of the award, expressed his intention at the acceptance speech at a gala in Chicago, USA, on November 11, said a press release.
The award is given for outstanding contribution to improving health and ensuring wellbeing of children.
The US-based Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) gives this award annually .
Some of the previous recipients are former US president Jimmy Carter, former US first ladies Barbara Bush and Betty Ford, Queen Noor of Jordan and Tennis player Andrea Jaeger.
“Shomman” (dignity) was established by Dr Rubaiul Murshed, a hospital management authority, writer and human rights activist.
Dr Rubaiul has been working for ensuring a sound working environment for the domestic help. Though they comprise a large portion of the country's workforce, they are still very much neglected.
“Shomman” has been fighting for the recognition of the “helping hands” as labourers.
The “helping hands” are mainly comprised of housemaids, drivers, gardeners and gate keepers etc. “Shomman” coined the term “helping hand” to humanise the concept of domestic work.
Dr Rubaiul has been writing a regular column, “Have a nice day”, in The Daily Star since 1999.