Bangladesh, 18 January 2016 : In special ceremony that took place in Amtali city in southern Bangladesh, Prince Badr bin Abdullah, a board member of the King Abdullah International Humanitarian Foundation (KAIHF), delivered the second batch of schools and shelters to the people of Bangladeshi community affected by a recent cyclone, as part of the first phase of the Fael Khair Program in Bangladesh which was donated by the Late King Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz (may Allah have mercy on him).
Addressing the ceremony, Prince Badr asked Allah to reward those involved in the project, including blessings for the late King Abdullah. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also spoke at the event.
He said that the KAIHF was doing everything it can to carry on the humanitarian work of his late father. King Abdullah had established many institutions to serve humanity irrespective of race, color, nationality or faith. He had also encouraged dialogue between people, said Prince Badr.
The other areas that King Abdullah had helped develop included education, assisting talented citizens, health facilities, housing, and support for people with disabilities, he said.
The event was attended by Prince Turki bin Abdullah, the chief executive officer of KAIHF, head of the Islamic Development Bank Group Ahmed Mohammed Ali, Saudi Ambassador to Bangladesh Abdullah Al-Mutairi and other officials.
25.04.2015_10-shelters_enJeddah, 25 April 2015 : In special ceremonies that took place in several locations over two days in Southern Bangladesh, the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) represented by Dr. Mohammad Hassan Salem and Eng. Sufee Mushtaque Ahmed, handed over 10 Schools-cum-Cyclone Shelters, as part of the first phase of the Fael Khair Program in Bangladesh which was donated by the Late King Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz (may Allah have mercy on him). The Handing Over ceremonies were attended by high ranking local government officials, including
representatives of Primary and Secondary education, Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), School administrators and local community leaders.
These state-of-the-art buildings are part of a long cherished dream of the local population. Each building, apart from serving as a modern school for 240 students, will also give shelter to 2,000 people and 500 heads of cattle during cyclones, which afflict Bangladesh from time to time.
It may be recalled that late King Abdullah, had requested not to reveal his name while donating USD 130 million for providing relief and assistance to the victims of cyclone Sidr as follows: (i) USD 110 million for the construction of a number of School-cum-Cyclone Shelters in the coastal belt of Bangladesh; and (ii) USD 20 million Waqf for providing urgent relief and rehabilitation in the form of agricultural and other inputs to the affected population.
According to an MOU signed with the Bangladesh Government on 12 May 2008, the IDB is responsible for the implementation of the program, with the Government providing all necessary assistance to ensure its completion within the prescribed time.
The schools-cum-shelter buildings have been designed to withstand top wind speeds of up to 260km per hour. These facilities are designed as “green” buildings equipped with durable school furniture, solar power and potable water supply system, including rain water harvesting which provides safe drinking water in this saline belt where safe drinking water is a priceless commodity, especially during calamities.
The total number of Schools-cum-Cyclone Shelters is expected to reach 178 at project completion.