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 The Sreepur Village Charity Celebration at Namaaste Highgate

 

Bangla Mirror Desk:

 

On 12th July 2022, Sabbir Karim, a British Airways Cabin Crew, award-winning chef and trustee of the Sreepur Village charity, hosted a celebratory lunch at his outstanding restaurant, Namaaste Highgate.

Sabbir Karim has been an avid supporter of the charity for many years. He has a deep connection with The Sreepur Village and became part of the project over 25 years.

In his speech he said;

“I got involved with the Sreepur by chance in 1996, I was called out for a trip from Heathrow to Dhaka, and I was very excited to visit my motherland first time as an airline crew.

The next day, the whole crew went to visit the Sreepur Village and we spent time with the children, from then on I continued my connection with Sreepur, and for the past 5 years I have been a trustee, it’s a great charity offering nutritious meals, health care, education and empowering mothers with the skills that will enable them to independently provide a sustainable future for their families”

Sabbir also hosted the 25th and 30th Anniversary which raised money for the charity and Sir Keir Starmer MP, Leader of Labour Party, and Late Frank Dobson MP have attended previous events.

Sabbir is committed to continuing his fund-raising activities and Sreepur’s 33rd birth is an opportunity to celebrate with the British Bangladeshi community of its work and successes over the past 33 years.

In its 33rd year, the Sreepur Village is extremely fortunate to have transformed the lives of more than 3000 families and, to this very day, with continued support it is able to provide more single mothers and their children with a home where they are equipped with life-saving skills, opportunities for the future and the confidence to thrive when they return to mainstream society.

In sharing this magnificent milestone, Sabbir was joined by Pat Kerr, the founder of Sreepur, the Mayor of Camden Cllr. Nasim Ali OBE, Tulip Siddiq MP and Bangladesh Deputy High Commissioner Zahid UL Islam as well many councillors from Camden, Brent and Tower Hamlet and other dignitaries from the British-Bangaldeshi community.

Speeches from valued members of the British-Bangladeshi community recognised how invaluable Sreepur is in keeping mothers together with their children, empowering more families with hope for a brighter future and transforming their lives with confidence, independence and equality.

Mouth-watering dishes were served while raffle tickets were sold all helping to raise significant funds for more families in Bangladesh.

Awards were presented to the following: to Tulip for her continued support of Sreepur, recognising the importance of keeping single mothers with their children, to the Mayor of Camden Nasim Ali for his continuous support and to Abdul Hai on receiving an OBE.

The event ended in an auction of a voucher of 50,000 Avios points – a generous gift from British Airways.

A beautifully baked cake which was proudly cut with Deputy Bangladesh High Commissioner Zahid UL Islam, Tulip & Mayor of Camden Nasim Ali, Pat Kerr, Sabbir Karim and his wife Aneela.

It was a true taste of Sreepur, from Bangaldeshi cuisine to acknowledging the work of a charity, who for over 33 years has never given up hope on transforming the lives of mothers and their children in Bangladesh.