Two young volunteers of ActionAid Bangladesh have been awarded the IVD Bangladesh Volunteer Award 2020 for their outstanding achievements while volunteering to help the community, and the government, to tackle the spread of Covid-19.
According to a press release, the awardees are Kalidas Roy from Nilphamari and Sathy Aktar from Kushtia.
They are among the 15 young volunteers who have been given the award, selected from 406 contestants across the country, it added.
Placed fourth among the 15 volunteers, Kalidas Roy received a certificate, medal, crest, and Tk30,000 prize money; while Sathy Aktar, who placed seventh, has been awarded a certificate, medal and crest.
The awards were given out on 5 December on the occasion of International Volunteer Day, at an event titled "Volunteering for Achieving the SDGs in Bangladesh," organised jointly by: the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives; Department of Youth Development; Ministry of Youth and Sports; WaterAid; and UNV Bangladesh.
This year's theme for the award was "Volunteer for Covid-19 Response and Recovery."
As a member of the ActionAid-supported youth group Ogrogami Jubo Foundation, Kalidash Roy played a key role in mobilising young volunteers and supporting government initiatives in Nilphamari to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. He and his fellow-volunteers used digital tools and physical settings to promote the knowledge and practices about health and hygiene in the community.
Sathy Akter and her fellow volunteers from another ActionAid-supported youth group, Ideal Youth Union, in Kushtia stood up to support the community to fight the pandemic through: the distribution of food and safety equipment, spraying disinfectant in public places and neighbourhoods, setting up handwash points, and promoting health and hygiene practices by raising community awareness via online and offline tools.
Alongside this, two ActionAid-supported youth organisations from Kushtia – Shopno Proyash Jubo Songstha and Ideal Youth Union – received the Volunteer for Bangladesh Award 2020 for their outstanding Covid-19 response