CAF America and the Diaspora Gives Bangladesh program recently had the great honor of being the guests of the Embassy of Bangladesh in Washington D.C. In line with our commitment to assist the Bangladeshi diaspora and other US donors to support causes they care about through philanthropic donations directed towards Bangladesh, CAF America joined the Bangladeshi Embassy and Embassy Series in organizing a Celebration of Bangladesh. The event offered the participants the opportunity to honor the culture and traditions of Bangladesh, while reflecting upon the power of diaspora philanthropy.
The celebration began with the arrival of Bangladesh Finance Minister, Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, followed by remarks from his Excellency, Ambassador Mohammad Ziauddin. The evening continued with CAF America President & CEO, Ted Hart presenting the Diaspora Gives Bangladesh program, a philanthropic initiative designed by CAF America to facilitate tax-effective charitable donations to high-impact local charities in Bangladesh working on variety of causes. Recognizing the power of diaspora, Ted Hart remarked, “Bangladesh has been no stranger to adversity, however, facing these adversities together has given Bangladeshis a camaraderie; unique in its resilience and appreciation for one another, no matter where you are in the world.”
Guests were then treated to a true Celebration of Bangladesh; traditional Bangla dance troupes from Bangladesh and the United States – dancers from the Shilpakala Academy of Bangladesh and Shirtee Nrittyangon a dance troupe from the greater D.C. area – led viewers on a journey through the country’s rich history, all to a custom painted backdrop depicting a rural scene in Bangladesh which filled the entire stage, courtesy of the Embassy of Bangladesh.
After the entrancing dance routines and music, over 100 guests enjoyed traditional Bangladeshi cuisine and great conversations.
Throughout the night, current issues in Bangladesh were discussed, including the ongoing Rohingya crisis and how carefully vetted charities have the power to make a unique difference by providing support.
We must remember that while continuing to celebrate Bangladesh, its people, culture and history, there is real work that has to be done to help lift a nation of millions into a new era of prosperity. The Bangladeshi diaspora and other friends of Bangladesh can do so by choosing to support with their charitable donations carefully vetted organizations who through their work have local impact on a variety of important causes.
To learn more about philanthropic efforts in Bangladesh, visit our vetted organizations page.