The Foundation for Charitable Activities in Bangladesh (FCAB) is a non-profit organization incorporated under the laws of the state of Michigan (Registration # 71279F), as a 501 (c) (3) taxexempt non-profit under the United States Internal Revenue Services (EIN # 46-2270213, DLN: 17053221316033) and as a Bangladesh INGO (Registration # 2970).

FCAB’s goal is to facilitate socio-economic development in Bangladesh by non-resident Bangladeshis and others interested in working with the country’s disadvantaged by focusing first on the entire needs of one village. It will enable financial contributions towards FCAB projects, facilitate the exchange of interns, professionals and volunteers between the United States and Bangladesh, encourage social entrepreneurs and build partnerships with relevant institutions.

As its capacity expands, donors may designate which geographic areas and on what projects they would like their donations to be directed. FCAB initiated its work in the village of Bagdumur in Sirajganj district, Bangladesh in 2015 with a project on healthcare, livelihood support and with plans to create Bangladesh’s first “Smart Village” to assess and address its energy, health, education, water/sanitation and agro/livelihood needs. It has received a Rotary International Global Grant for its Bagdumur maternal and child clinic.

Background

FCAB was founded by the late Abdul Majid Khan, a Bangladeshi-American engineer born in Bagdumur, as a platform enabling people to give back to Bangladesh. He was particularly interested in maternal and child health as well as improving the socio-economic conditions of the needy regardless of background. It is governed by a Michigan Executive Board, and has a Bangladesh Country Director, Bangladesh Advisory Board and a local management team.

Strategy

  • Establish a model development village in Bagdumur using global best development practices that are locally effective, sustainable, and replicable.
  • Scale up programs throughout Bangladesh based on the Bagdumur experience.
  • Use information technology as a tool for innovation and to digitize and monitor health and socio-economic indicators and interventions.
  • Initiate research and service partnerships.
  • Serve as a clearinghouse of organizations doing good work in Bangladesh.

Vision

FCAB will mobilize resources, both financial and technical in the United States and elsewhere to fund and implement charitable activities in Bangladesh. It will collaborate with international and local partners such as academic and public institutions, development agencies, technology solution providers, the private sector and others as appropriate. As its capacity grows, donors may designate which geographic areas and on what projects they would like their donations to be directed.

Collaboration

FCAB will mobilize resources, both financial and technical in the United States and elsewhere to fund and implement charitable activities in Bangladesh. It will collaborate with international and local partners such as academic and public institutions, development agencies, technology solution providers, the private sector and others as appropriate.

Mission

FCAB’s mission is to work together for Bangladesh. Its logo represents this mission. The water lily, Bangladesh’s national flower, sits above petals symbolizing working hand in hand between countries and communities for the people’s benefit. FCAB’s founder Majid Khan used to say that one’s hand should always be in the giving, not taking position.