BAH Achievements


BAH - Evolution of a Community: 1971 Onward 

BAH - Achievement brochure: Published version  Outside (PDF) and Inside (PDF)   Both_Pages

Year Major Initiatives and Achievements
1978 Established Bangladesh Association, Houston
1984 Bangladesh head of state visited Houston and inaugurated a trade show with trade delegates lead Hossain Md. Ershad. City of Houston provided a stately protocol 
1989 Received 501 c (3) status from IRS
1989 Held seminar on Flood Prevention in Bangladesh
1990 BAH started a very successful weekend Bangla school
1990 Co-hosted 1990 FOBANA Convention in Dallas 
1991 Organized fundraising for Bangladesh flood victims and raised $120,000.00
1996 Bangladesh-American Center formation dialogue initiated
1998 Launched Bangladesh Association website www.bangladesh-association.com
1998 Bangladesh-American Center formation dialogue formally launched
1998 Organized fundraising for Bangladesh flood victims and raised $50,000.00
1999 Established emergency fund “Zee Memorial Fund” for helping needy families
1999 Celebrated 100th Birthday of Bangladesh National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam
2000 Amendments to the BAH constitution
2000 Celebrated the first International Mother Language Day (IMLD) in Houston and continued the event every year. Since then representative from over 20 countries joined in the celebration. Houston Mayor proclaimed the Day as International Mother Language Day (IMLD)
2001 Held prayer vigil, raised fund for victims of 9/11 tragedy. Worked with federal, state and local officials to raise awareness for peace and harmony
2001 Bought 3.99 acre land for $137,000 to build Bangladesh-American Center
2002 His Excellency Syed Hasan Ahmad, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to USA visited Houston
2002 The Coalition for Peace in South Asia - a Rally in front of the Houston City Hall to stop the imminent war between India & Pakistan
2003 Sent proposal to Bangladesh Embassy to offer Mobile Consulate Services in North America. Bangladesh Embassy started this service in 2004
2003 Bangladesh Association By-Laws reviewed and approved
2003 Raised $5,000 under “Zee Memorial Fund” and helped Musa family. Also worked with the parties involved to have Late Musa's house completely paid off and helped secure the families future housing needs
2003 Bangladesh-American Center established 1150 sq ft office with nice patio to accommodate BAH activities while the center project is underway. This facility is used regularly for BAH meetings, rehearsals, tournaments, etc. and also rented to other Bangladeshis for various events
2003 Bangladesh Association joined the Houston Mayor's International Affairs and Development Council (MIADC) and continued the membership since then
2004 Organized fundraising for Bangladesh flood victims and raised $35,000
2004 Raised $2,050 under “Zee Memorial Fund” and helped Mustafizur Rahman and Lamiya fund
2004 Sent a proposal to the Government of Bangladesh to recognize foreign citizens who had contributed as Freedom Fighters for our Liberation War.
2005 Started a campaign “Bring the honorable remains of Late Bir Shrestho Flight Lieutenant Matiur
2005 Successfully hosted North America Bangla Literature and Cultural Convention. Texas Governor Rick Perry, and Houston Mayor Bill White proclaimed the Convention
2005 Organized fundraising for Victims of Hurricane Katrina and raised $4,500 for the “Katrina Fund"
2005 Worked with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee to raise funds and other necessities for the Tsunami victims.
2006 Since 2006, Bangladesh Association is serving as a liaison between our community and the U.S. Justice Department, and various local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, like FBI, HPD, Airport Security, etc. and discusses issues and concerns to find solutions that relates to our community. These interactions provide us a forum to discuss community concerns and work towards greater understanding.
2006  Raised $1,400 under “Zee Memorial Fund” and helped the Russell Family
2007 Organized Arsenic problem awareness and fundraising. Developed web site and raised $3,500
2007 Organized fundraising for Bangladesh flood victims and raised $100,000
2007 Raised $18,000 under “Zee Memorial Fund” and helped three families in crisis
2008 Organized fundraising for Bangladesh flood victims and raised $41,000
2008 Nobel laureate Dr. Muhammad Yunus visited Houston and met community members
2008 BAH/ BAC was listed as North American Bangladeshi organization under dissemination list about Diabetes. National Diabetes Education Program and CDC together produced and translated the Following Book let into Bengali.   "4 Steps to Control Your Diabetes for Life". BAH distributed the booklet in 2009 during FOBANA convention
2009 BAH built a partnership with M.D. Anderson under Minority Cancer Research with health disparity program to start South Asian protocol for various cancers
2009 Raised $2300 under “Zee Memorial Fund” and helped families in crisis
2009 Successfully hosted first major Bangladeshi Convention in Houston - FOBANA 2009, Houston Mayor Bill White proclaimed July 2, 3, and 4 as the FOBANA Day
 Honored Freedom Fighters
 Displayed Mobile Bangladesh Liberation War Museum in coordination with Bangladesh Liberation War Museum
 Declared 'Houston Declaration against Genocide'
2010 Sent proposal to UN Mission to declare Shaheed Minar to be recognized as a symbol of the International Mother Language Day
2010 Nobel laureate Dr. Muhammad Yunus was formally invited to the ground breaking ceremony of the Bangladesh-American Center during his Houston visit
2010 His Excellency Akramul Qader, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to USA visited Bangladesh-American Center
2010 His Excellency Ambassador Akramul Qader unveiled the newly designed Shohid Minar with deck and stage on the Bangladesh-American Center land
2010 His Excellency Ambassador Akramul Qader unveiled the newly designed Bangladesh Association, Houston web site (http://www.bangladesh-association.com/
2010 Bangladesh Association, Houston’s history and achievements published
 
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