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Dear friends, thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to welcome you to the CLAP family. I feel a great deal of amazement and gratitude when I remember the last four years of our journey. Walking down the memory lane, I can reminisce those numerous events, awareness programs, conferences and workshops we organized with the help of our great team, forming a great sense of friendship and shared responsibility among our volunteers.
I had brought up this idea of starting CLAP with my two colleagues Md. Rezaur Rahman and Saimum Reza Talukdar during a social leadership course in SUSI (Study in the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders Program), who shared my views about minority rights and wanted to be part of this benevolent cause. Upon returning from the U.S., we decided to start our foundation called Center for Leadership Assistance and Promotion (CLAP) on 29th October 2010.
Since the beginning of 2011, when we finalized our constitution and organizational structure, I have been the president of CLAP, actively overseeing the daily proceedings and charting the course of its growth, including organizing events, bringing in funds and arranging collaborations. CLAP is my passion and I want to spread the enthusiasm to as many young people of our country as possible to work on minority issues in Bangladesh. So I am always eager to engage with and inspire more people to become a part of our ever-growing family.
If you too care for our country and its people, please spare a moment to think about the challenges each of us face in their own social sphere. Please take a look around our website or think from your own experiences how the social minorities in our country – women, ethnic groups, transgenders or religious minorities – find it more difficult compared to the majorities. And if you think this is a cause worth standing up for, then you are so very welcome to join hands with us to make this nation a better place for everyone. I’m sure you will.
CLAP aims to assist the youth of Bangladesh to be aware of the local, national and global issues related to the minority communities, as well as to promote platforms for them to exercise their leadership skills through public service.
To Create a More inclusive Bangladesh
International Youth Foundation Library:
Global Laureate Fellowship:
Asia Foundation Development Fellowship 2015 :
INVOLVEMENT WITH CLAP FOUNDATION
During my undergraduate years, I have co-organized the first Youth Forum between the Chittagong Hill Tracts tribal minority and Bengali youth with CLAP Foundation and worked as the General Secretary of their executive board. This forum was the country’s first ever platform where youth of both sides had a constructive day long dialogue about the human rights violation issues in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. I have also designed and organized events to raise social acceptance of transgender individuals (hijras) in our community with this organization.
Message for CLAP’s future:
I want to see CLAP Foundation bridging the gap between tribal minorities and Bengali youth of Bangladesh. If the change has to come it has to come through the youth. It is sad how our leaders keep on having conferences on the issue but nobody really tries to solve the on goings issues using youth power.
Jamal Khan, Chittagong.
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