U.S. Ambassador Bernicat and USAID Mission Director Jaruzelski, along with a team of senior staff including USAID Director of the Office of Public Health, Nutrition and Education, USAID Director of the Office of Economic Growth, US Embassy Political Officer, and others visited the Foundation for Charitable Activities in Bangladesh (FCAB)’s project in Bagdumur Village, Sirajganj on April 5, 2017 as a demonstration of Bangladesh/United States ties.

FCAB invited Ambassador Bernicat and Director Jaruzelski and their delegation to visit Bagdumur as our purpose is to strengthen relations between the U.S. and Bangladesh to support Bangladesh’s development. FCAB’s approach is to mobilize resources among the diaspora Bangladeshi-American community and connect various stakeholders from the public and private sectors to establish global best practices that are locally effective and sustainable. 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.

FCAB started with private donations and a Rotary International Global Grant through the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor and the Rotary Club of Dhaka Mahanagar for its Bagdumur maternal and child clinic. Our partners include the Center for Zakat Management, Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy and Rural Services Foundation, Core Knowledge, Sisimpur/Sesame Workshop, the Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Centre for Woman and Child Health, American Standard, Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development and Nexkode. We collaborate closely with the local Sirajganj government and the University of Michigan to achieve an integrated development model.

FCAB was founded by the late Abdul Majid Khan, a Bangladeshi-American engineer (BUET ’69, Univ. of Michigan Engr. ‘78) 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. FCAB is a non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Michigan, USA, a 501 (c) (3) tax- exempt non-profit under the U.S. Internal Revenue Services and a Bangladesh registered INGO.

The goal of FCAB 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 and then scaling up to others. It enables financial contributions towards FCAB projects, facilitates the exchange of interns, professionals and volunteers between the United States and Bangladesh, encourages social entrepreneurs and builds partnerships with relevant institutions. FCAB also highlights other organizations doing good work in Bangladesh on its website.