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A B O U T

Amcariza Foundation is a not for profit organisation giving a hand up to locals in Sylhet, Bangladesh.  It combines the initials and name of two signifcant local indviduals: AMC and Ariza. It carries on the legacy of one man.

 

The late Al-Haj Abdul Muquith Choudhury (AMC), affectionately called "Makhon Miah" by the locals was born in Ali Nagor/Chondorpur, Sylhet, in a village owned by his landed gentry of ancestors.  Yet in 1950 AMC was poor and destitute and so he emigrated to the UK  where he become a successful entrepreneur and restaurateur.  After decades of assisting the poor,  including his ancestral village of Chandorpur, he died on March 23, 2004 as a pedestrian in a road accident. His daughter Yasmin Choudhury (Haopy) founded Amcariza.

 

Ariza was the mother of AMC and his seven brothers and 4 siblings.  She fell on hard times after her husband died, leaving her a widow at a young age.  The intiial philanthropic work for the village was initiated by AMC's brother Abdul Khalique Choudhury (Shuna Miah) who died in the late 1950s. And then AMC using his profits from his UK curryhouse, began to scale up.

 

Amcariza is presently run solely by volunteers.  Even out of pocket expenses are borne individually.

W H O   W E   A R E

W H Y   SUPPORT   U S?

Farming and vegetable planting.

Fishery knowledge.

Social mobility.

Training and basic literacy.

Food hygiene.

Basic Medical assistance for elderly.

Support for single mothers, orphans and street kids

Basic shelter via tin roofs.

Distribution of clothing

Zakat - annual Muslim ritual to feed the poor.

 

We only help those who we have assessed are in dire need.  Otherwise we ask locals to donate their time or skills in exchange for training or assistance.  

 

We also provide tutors to any children or locals and in tuen they tend to crops and farming. So we create a positive community spirit.

 

We never provide cash into hands of locals.  

 

We also log charitable requests and then review and decide on list of beneficiaries after painstakingly enquriing, checking and thoroughly vetting their circumstances.

W H A T   W E   D O

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Late Al-Haj Abdul Muquith Choudhury

School donated by Abdul Khaliique Choudhury

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