The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) affected Bangladesh severely like elsewhere in the world. The first coronavirus patient was reported in Bangladesh in early february,2020. Coronavirus started spreading in Bangladesh from then. By this time Coronavirus appeared in a dangerous look in different countries of the world such as Italy, Spain, US. To curve the spreading of Coronavirus the government of Bangladesh declared country wide ‘lockdown’ from 23rd March and continued until 30th. Meanwhile the government also took some awareness raising activities to make people alert regarding COVID-19. As per the order of the government all offices of Bangladesh Bondhu Foundation were closed during the lockdown time.
Bangladesh has experienced the harsh impact of COVID-19 at every stages of the country. Due to the lockdown situation the farmers were unable to sell their goods at projected price. Restaurant workers, maids, transport workers, agriculture laborers, construction and factory workers, petty businessmen, small business holder, day laborer, shop assistants and rickshaw pullers were the main victims of financial crisis due to lockdown situation. Their source of income was non-existent and they became economically inactive. People living in rural areas were also great sufferers.Their businesses had been stopped and many of them lost their capital.
People living in rural areas were also great sufferers.Their businesses had been stopped and many of them lost their capital.
Under these circumstances, BBF stood by the financially affected poor people under the banner “Friends for friends”. BBF provided foods and some safety items among poor and vulnerable people. Those goods were distributed among 10,000 households from 15 May to 22 May, 2020 in all 64 districts of Bangladesh. BBF staffs participated in distribution activities. The distribution took place by maintaining COVID-19 safety measures.
During the countrywide lockdown time musicians, singers and artists also faced financial obstacle. BBF and it’s sister organization “BASHORI-A Nazrul Study Center” provided financial assistance to 253 musicians, singers and artists. Some were directly involved with BASHORI’s activities and the others were not related to BASHORI.