Volunteer for Bangladesh
Commonwealth Point of Light 181. Korvi Rakshand
Korvi Rakshand, representing Bangladesh, aged 35, launched ‘Volunteer for Bangladesh’, the country’s largest volunteer platform with over 35,000 young people taking part in voluntary activity in their local district.
First set up in 2011, the platform has been critical in supporting relief efforts during the Coronavirus pandemic, with volunteers helping to distribute food to people whose livelihoods have been affected. The platform forms part of ‘JAAGO Foundation’, which Korvi also created and leads, which is dedicated to improving access to education for children from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds, including refugees based in the Rohingya camp. The foundation runs 12 schools across the country, alongside a nationwide sponsorship programme, and has so far benefitted the lives of more than 3,500 vulnerable children.
“It is such an honour for me to receive the Commonwealth Point of Light Award. I am earnestly grateful to Her Majesty the Queen as the Head of the Commonwealth for the recognition I have received for my work. It is truly amazing to win such a prestigious award and able to represent the work of our volunteers. Our 40,000 volunteers throughout Bangladesh who have been doing amazing works to develop their community, this award shows that their hard work and dedication is significant. I hope that ‘JAAGO Foundation’ and ‘Volunteer for Bangladesh’ will keep continuing doing amazing work to create a better society and keep inspiring others to join in this great cause.”