Bangladesh is known as a land of calamities. But the people of this nation are also known for their solidarity, cooperation and empathy. There is a desire among the people to extend their hands in assistance to others whenever disasters strikes at a national or even, a personal level. Prothom Alo works in the media, diligently providing information to the people. To provide a voice to the same people who want to help others in distress, the Prothom Alo Trust was established.
Maintaining its 'non-profit' stature, the Prothom Alo Trust looks forward to working with people whenever mishaps, tragedies pose a threat of a ruthless end to their hopes, dreams and aspirations. The Trust aims to work with hapless victims of Acid Violence; it works towards raising awareness against substance abuse amongthe youth.
To the young meritorious minds who struggle to balance their desire to excel in academics along with leading a poverty-free life, the Trust extends a stipend program. And for the dedicated band of journalists who face perils of their profession and have faced torture and abuse, the Trust comes as a ray of hope.
We envisage a nation where Acid Violence is unheard of, a society where the youth shuns away from drug abuse and march forward in full vigour of youthfulness; a nation where poverty stricken children can have access to education without having to think of their financial backing.
Prothom Alo Trust strives to put a smile on people whenever tragedies strike so that their dreams do not die in the face of tragedies and they can regain hope, self-confidence and resume living life.
Endowments from individuals and various organisations form the basis of the Prothom Alo Trust Fund. Their involvement however is not limited solely to financial assistance. They are a source of inspiration and a guide to the functioning of the Trust. We are forever in debt to them.
The activities of the Trust are spread across all districts of the country. Staffs at the Prothom Alo Head Office in Dhaka, regional correspondences and members of "Prothom Alo Bondhu Shobha" also assist in smooth functioning of all the programmes.
The Trust comprises of nine trustees from different segments of society. They are-
Kutubuddin Ahmed, Chairman, Envoy Group Ltd
Rupali Chowdhury, Managing Director, Berger Paints Bangladesh Limited.
Dr Shamantalal Sen, Dhaka Medical College Burn Unit & Acid Survivor's Foundation
Muhammed Aziz Khan, Chairman, Summit Group
Dr Parveen Hasan,Vice Chancellor, Central Women's University, Dhaka
Tazin Ahmed, Principal, Sunnydale School, Dhaka
Tanzib-Ul-Alam, Bar at Law & Advocate, Bangladesh Supreme Court
Matiur Rahman, Editor, Prothom Alo
Abdul Quaiyum, Associate Editor, Prothom Alo
Syed Mahbubur Rahman, Managing Director , Dhaka Bank Ltd
Anisul Hoque, writer and journalist, Associate Editor, Prothom Alo
The Trust is maintained by Managing Trustee, who is also the editor of the Prothom Alo, and the Trust coordinator. Matters are discussed with the Trustees in meetings and decisions taken. The President, the Vice President and the Treasurer are elected for a three year term. Advisors to the Trust also impart and share their knowledge to ensure smooth functioning of the Trust.
Currently, Kutubuddin Ahmed is the Chairman, Rupali Chowdhury is the Vice Chairman and Dr Shamantalal Sen is the Treasurer of Prothom Alo Trust.
Aziza Ahmed is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Trust.
Activities At a Glance
Prothom Alo/Fund for Acid Victim womens
The Trust has been working with Acid Victims and began raising a fund for their treatment and rehabilitation since the foundation of the daily.
Prothom Alo/ Movement against Drug Abuse
Various programmes have been observed under the banner of the Trust to raise awareness against drug addiction across the country.
Prothom Alo Trust/ Relief Fund
To combat the effects of cyclones, drought, monga (prevalent repeated phenomenon of poverty and hunger) the Trust regularly distributes food, drinking water, oral saline, clothes etc.
Prothom Alo Trust/ Adamya Medhabi (Fund for Meritorious Students)
The programme was initiated in 2007 and the fund has been utilised to provide stipends to meritorious students across the country.
Prothom Alo Trust/ Fund for Persecuted Journalists
The fund was established to help journalists who fall victim of persecution.
Prothom Alo Trust / Alo'r Pathshala (School)
Prothom Alo Trust / Alo'r Pathshala has established and manages Five schools in the remote areas of Bangladesh. We thrive to open more schools in the remote zones to support the education system of this country.
With a view to change the prevailing high rate of women's abuse through acid violence, the daily Prothom Alo makes a deliberate effort to highlight cases as they happen throughout the country. Thus fund was established based with the motto "Let no more face burn in Acid" on 19 April, 2000 and has been working to alleviate the plight of women victims of this heinous crime. The Fund is run based on generosity of the readers and well-wishers of Prothom Alo. Till this date we have rehabilitated 283 acid victims under Prothom Alo Trust / Fund for acid victims.
To prevent drug trafficking and to lower the rate of drug abuse in society the government has taken some steps with assistance from the UN. To make significant change the effort however must come from all strata of society and the level of awareness amongst the general population must increase. To curb the vicious influence of drugs, the Trust maintains a separate Fund which works toward raising social awareness.
One of the vital operations of the Prothom Alo Trust is the maintenance of the "Prothom Alo Relief Fund". To combat the effects of cyclones, drought, monga (prevalent repeated phenomenon of poverty and hunger) the Fund distributes food, drinking water, oral saline, clothes etc. The Trust made significant contribution to the victims of cyclones Sidr and Aila.
The path of providing free flow of information is still not free of predicaments in this country. However, as torch bearers of democracy,journalist work hard to bring decisive and essential information to the people. In their line of duty, these journalists often face torture and injustice. Prothom Alo feels a moral obligation to come in aide of these brave souls.
When journalist Tipu Sultan was victim of ruthless torture by Zainal Hazari of Feni, to ease his burden of medical expenditure a fund was formed where staffs of The Daily Star and the Prothom Alo voluntarily handed over equivalents of their one day's salary. Formed on 7 April, 2001 over Tk. 27, 00, 000 was additionally collected from donors at home and abroad.
To all students – male and female – who have attained GPA 5 in the School Certificate Examination and are financially weak, the Trust extends their help through a Scholarship Programme. In the quest for broadcasting information, journalists roam around the country and may act as scouts for enlisting students for whom the programme is designed. Through this scheme Prothom Alo provides the encouragement these brilliant minds need to attain their dreams. Till date the fund has supported 656 indomitable students.
Prothom Alo Trust has two primary schools. Our schools are located in the remotest areas of the country, one in Kurigram Prothom Alo char in Ghogadaha Union another in Chapai Nawab Ganj Babudying Adibashi Village. Presently a total number of 1020 students are enrolled in our schools. In 2015 total 28 students appeared for primary school certificate examination and we have 100 percent pass record.
Prothom Alo is the highest circulated and most read newspaper in Bangladesh. The online portal of Prothom Alo is the most visited Bangladeshi and Bengali website in the world.