In 2010, BODHI inaugurated four scholarships for girls in Bangladesh to honour our late Director Dr Denis Wright, (pictured above, with his wife Tracey) in both Dhaka and the Chittagong Hills Tracts of Bangladesh
'Education is the single greatest key to human dignity'
Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi, United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth
The Underprivileged Children's Educational Programs (UCEP) scholarship provides US$1,000 for one year of education at a technical school. The recipient is selected from a UCEP IGV school after having completed Grade VIII. She must be the poorest of the poor from an urban environment, over 10 or 11 years of age and a working child.
Brig Gen Aftab Ahmad (Retd) says, 'Rahima [pictured left] is expressing her heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Dr. Denis Wright and BODHI for awarding her the scholarship and thus giving her the opportunity to continue her education which will make her dream come true. She said that as her father had died it was difficult for her to continue her education and fulfill her dream to be a Nurse and work in a popular Hospital in Bangladesh. But BODHI’s scholarship changed her life and is a huge support to her education.'
Rahima Khatun, 2013 winner of the 3rd Denis Wright Memorial Scholarship for Underprivileged Working Girls at UCEP, in Dhaka.
Ms Tahsinah Ahmed, Denis Wright's old friend, suggested choosing recipients from the Underprivileged Children's Educational Program (UCEP) in Dhaka and other urban areas and also choosing recipients from Moanoghar in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT). Tahsinah notes, 'The scholarships honour Dr. Wright's contribution to and affection for Bangladesh and his continuous efforts to promote education for disadvantaged girls, specially in the South Asia region.' In addition to Tahsinah Ahmed, we thank Brigadier General Aftab Uddin Ahmad (Retd) of UCEP and all at Moanoghar for bringing the first scholarship to fruition.
Message from Kohinur Akter
Kohinur Akter, recipient of the 2010 Inaugural Denis Wright Memorial Scholarship for Underprivileged Working Girls through UCEP in Bangladesh, has a message for you: 'I was a little low before doing my Nurses' Aide course as life had no direction and my family's economic state is poor. Today, I am confident with the knowledge and skills that will help me improve our living standard and live a decent life. Thank you.'
It was our privilege (via BODHI Australia) to know and to work with the late Dr Denis Wright for almost two decades. His blog that records his struggle with the brain cancer that eventually killed him has had over 600,000 visits. It is well worth looking at.