On May 12, 2018, the Adhunika Foundation based in USA, hosted its 16th Annual fundraising event for Adhunika Women’s Center (AWC) at Engelman Recital Hall, Baruch College, New York City. The event comprised of presentations, dance and musical performances, auction table and sale of jewelry and clothing items, authentic food and a great platform for networking.
For the last 16 years, the Adhunika Foundation has been hosting an annual fundraiser to bring together individuals from all across North America to celebrate the organization and support its work to empower women and girls in Bangladesh. The event features stunning performances through a concert for Adhunika and dance and presentations by volunteers from the team. All individuals involved with organizing the event donate both time and resources to make the event a grand success. More importantly, all donations collected during the event are used to operate programs that are held at the Adhunika Women’s Centre in Bangladesh, which is managed by SAJIDA Foundation.
Adhunika Foundation, a volunteer based non-profit organization, was founded in 2002 in New York by Shahnaz S. Yousuf with the mission to provide technology support to women in Bangladesh. It has grown extensively to include education, health, and legal awareness classes for women—projects that are supported through funds and donations collected from generous donors during the fundraiser and throughout the year. Since 2012, Adhunika has been partnering with SAJIDA Foundation to host classes and workshops at Adhunika Women’s Centre (AWC) in Azimpur, Dhaka. All of Adhunika’s work stands on the shoulders of dozens of volunteers living in the US and Canada who enthusiastically participate throughout the year with tasks ranging from teaching classes at AWC through Skype to hosting institutional-level fundraisers for AWC to preparing for the annual fundraising event. The spirit of volunteerism even extends to junior members of the Adhunika team or ‘A team’ who readily lend a hand before and during the event and have been supporting the Amrao Manush project—a development initiative for street children in Bangladesh since 2015.