Amcariza Foundation, is a British not-for-profit organisation - with one mission. To donate grants for free, to people who are down on their luck but in a way that dignifies them and their sponsor. Run by ordinary people who got together to find a new way of celebrating and helping 'Third World' countries. We are all volunteers. FInd us here.
Our name combines the initials and name of two Bangladesh indviduals: AMC and Ariza based on the legacy of one man. The late Al-Haj Abdul Muquith Choudhury (AMC), who was born in Sylhet, the land of his landowning ancestors; AMC is also the beloved father of Amcariza founder Yasmin Choudhury.
Ariza was the mother of AMC and his 7 brothers and 4 siblings. She fell on hard times after her husband died, leaving her a widow at a young age. In the 1950s intiial philanthropic work for a rural village was initiated by AMC's older brother, who later died in the 1960s.
And so, AMC left Bangladesh to emigrate to the UK in the 1950s. After decades of assisting the poor, he died on March 23, 2004 after a horrific road accident. Amcariza was set up by Yasmin to streamline the charitable requests and activities originally undertaken by AMC, including the girl's rural village school.
Amcariza is presently run solely by Yasmin and her trustees Nursel Yas, who volunteer their free time. And supported by a local team. Currently, all out of pocket expenses are borne individually.
Amcariza's mission is to create and support sustainable careers. To prevent poor people from getting loans or further into debt. We are supportive of the humanitary vision of Muhammed Yunus to assist poor people but concerned that today, Microfinance idea is now encouraging very poorest to obtain loans. None of whom have access to public bodies, legislation or can vet providers, who will protect their interest. Charity should be simply about helping the very destitute for free.
We socially mobilise local artisans, rural farmers and villagers, poverty stricken folks, by working directly, at grass roots level. Volunteers are mostly local Bangladeshis and led by founder, Yasmin Choudhury, herself a British citizen who is of Bangladeshi heritage. She can speak the local dialect and well known amongst the local people we work with.
As founder of Amcariza, Yasmin is tied to her local ancestral village in Bangladesh by her blood heritage. A key component to effect change and gain trust from locals. Once a beneficiary has benefited, we move them on and away from the foundation to ensure dependency is not formed and that they serve as an example to others, of how hard work and commitment can change lives.
The good will and trust we garner at grass root level, allows us to get projects up and running quickly to help us effect change. As a charity, perhaps this and FFABB is what which makes us unique?
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Farming and vegetable planting.
Supporting local artisans.
Rehabilation of street orphans and prostitutes*
Training and education for schoolkids.
Basic Medical assistance for elderly or vulnerable.
Sponsoring single mothers, child labourers, orphans and street kids to access labour skills.
We never provide cash into hands of the locals.
We log charitable requests and then review and prioritise a list of beneficiaries after painstakingly enquriing, checking and thoroughly vetting their circumstances.
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Only those who are vetted and assessed as being without access to financial funding are helped.
Wherever possible we ask locals to sponsor, to donate their time or skills to others. We teach those who your money helps, to help others too. For example, we will provide tutors to the children of locals; in turn they could suggest to water or tend to crops for an elderly person. So we create a positive intergrated community spirit.
We target the Muslim community to donate to us zakat - the annual Muslim ritual to assist the poor.
Late Al-Haj Abdul Muquith Choudhury
Founder Yasmin Choudhury,
with school girls.