The Victims of Savar Tragedy - getting a jumpstart!
On April 24, 2013, Bangladesh was hit by a grave disaster when a nine storied garments factory building, called The Rana Plaza, collapsed and claimed more than thousand lives. Even more were wounded. The surviving victims, who suffered from complex head, back and limb injuries, had to go through long treatment process. Only a handful recovered fully, when majority are crippled physically and mentally. Many families lost their sole earners. Even after length healing process, many lost the physical strength to go back to regular jobs. Now, they are faced with even more disaster and finding it very difficult to survive from here on.
SpaandanB, after providing immediate life saving services and short term health support to alleviate immediate sufferings, embarked on an arduous journey of rehabilitating some of the victims. Our volunteers and officers extensively surveyed the victims, talked with their doctor and even went to remote villages to assess victims actual needs. We carefully selected beneficiaries, assessing their physical capability and actual financial need, and came over with proposals of various types of income generating opportunities customized for each victim. With the kind donation of many donors, we provided rehabilitation package to close to 60 victims.
Following is a list of the beneficiaries whom we rehabilitated. Take your time to go through various case studies, to understand the gravity of the situation. Please also visit our Photo gallery .
List of Rehabilitated Victims So Far
(last updated on October 13, 2014)
Jahanara Begum Runu
Age: 34 Address: Purbi, Tangibazar, Munshiganj,
Cell: 01745287787 Support: Taka 70,000 for poultry farm
Jahanara Begum suffered from lower body injury. After being hospitalized for three months, now she has returned home. Her right leg is still not fully functional and extended physical therapy is required. Based on her previous experience, SpaandanB is helping her to setup a poultry farm.
Age: 27 Address: Char Durgapur, Singair, Manikgonj
Cell: 01684320756 Support: Taka 60,000 for pharmacy setup
Hredai suffered from back injury and was paralyzed for a time being. Now he has regained some senses and can walk. Based on his prior experience, SpaandanB is helping him to setup a pharmacy store at Savar.
Age: 24 Address: Karatipara, Ratan Hat, Naldanga, Jhinaidaha
Cell: 019186213973 Support: Taka 60,000 for small grocery store setup
Jewel Rana was a sewing operator at Rana Plaza. He suffered from serious back injury and needs regular medications. With his family of one son, he is living in a dire state. SpaandanB is helping him to setup a small grocery store.
Age: 30 Address: Enayetpur, Sirajgonj
Cell: 01729301692 Support: Taka 60,000 for cow rearing
Saiful Islam is another victim of Rana Plaza collapse with serious back and facial injury. After recuperating from his wounds, he has returned to his village home where he has a family of two children. Based on his expertise, SpaandanB is helping him to procure two cows (heifers) for rearing.
Age: 22 Address: Mohonpur, Rajshahi
Cell: 01723606366 Support: Taka 60,000 for cow rearing
Tariqul Islam suffered a fractured femur. After being hospitalizes for a while, he has finally returned home. He does want to be a garments worker anymore and want to finish his Bachelor's degree. SpaandanB is helping him to procure two cows (heifers) for rearing. His uncle is a veterinary doctor who can come in handy.
Age: 20 Address: Arapara, Savar, Dhaka
Cell: 01937379252 Support: Taka 80,000 for small grocery store setup
Mizanur Rahman survived even when an entire ceiling collapsed on him. With serious injuries, he spent a long time under hospital care. He is married with a small child. SpaandanB is helping him to setup a small grocery.
Age: 20 Address: Banesshor, Manda, Naoga
Cell: 01721799226 Support: Taka 60,000 for cow rearing
Samsul Alam was seriously injured and became paralyzed waist down. Months of treatment yielded little improvement. Using a special waist belt, he can now move on a wheel chair. SpaandanB is helping him to procure two cows (heifers) for rearing.
Age: 30 Address: Jhagra, Doulotpur, Manikgonj
Cell: 01718807280 Support: Taka 60,000 for small grocery store setup
Ruzina and her husband Shazu, both used to work for garments industries for 6 years. Ruzina suffered a serious back injury and punctured abdomen.She is still being treated in a hospital. SpaandanB is helping her, along with his husband, by setting up a small grocery store.
Age: 19 Address: Village Pakura, Raypur, Bagerpara, Jessore
Cell: 01967819485 Support: Taka 70,000 for sewing machine setup
When Rana Plaza collapsed, Minu Akhter injured her head and back-bone. After treatment, she is now able to walk little bit. She wants to run a tailoring shop at her village home. SpaandanB is proud to finance a sewing machine and other related materials to jump-start her endeavor.
Age: 41 Address: Azimpur, Uttampur, Bakergonj, Barisal
Cell: 01715727463 Support: Taka 60,000 for leather workshop
Asaduzzaman injured both of his legs in the accident. After a long treatment and therapy, he is able to wok now. He wants to start a small business of leather crafts with his partner in Hazaribag, Dhaka. SpaandanB is helping him by donating Tk60,000 to procure leather raw materials.
Age: 36 Address: Islampur, Gaibandha
Cell: 01754778655 Support: Taka 60,000 for small grocery store setup
Rasheduzzaman injured his legs in the accident. He suffered from multiple fractures. After treatment, he is now able to walk with support. SpaandanB is helping Rasheduzzaman to setup a small grocery store which can provide him with some means of sustenance.
Panna Begu, Wife of deceased Rafiqul Islam
Village Rasidpur, Jamalpur
Support: Taka 60,000 for sewing machine
Rana Plaza collapse claimed Rafiqul Islam's life. His widowed wife, Panna Begum, and two small children currently lives under her brothers care. She wants a run a small business of tailoring. SpaandanB is providing her with a sewing machine and some related materials to carry on with her business.
Support: Taka 60,000 for small grocery store setup
Nasiruddin suffered a leg injury in the mishap, where both of his legs got fractured. After surgery, he returned to regular life but can not carry out any heavy duty work. He and his expecting wife want to setup a small grocery store. SpaandanB is helping them by providing Tk60,000 for the effort.
Barkandi, Sarail, Panchbibi, Joypurhat
Support: Taka 65,000 for two cows
Morium Khatun severely injured both of her legs in the accident. She took treatment at hospital for about 5 months. Now, she can walk little bit. She has purchased a small land in her village out of the donations she received from other sources. Now she wants to rear two cows (heifers) for milk. SpaandanB is helping her by providing Tk65,000.
Village Joukora, Pangsha, Rajbari
Support: Taka 60,000 for one auto-rickshaw
Hamida Khatun injured her whole body when she got buried under the debris of the building collapse. After long treatment, she retuned home. However, her current frail condition prevents her from doing any sort of work. She wants to buy an auto-rickshaw for her husband so that it can bring some sort of income for the family.
Village Kamalpur, Enayetpur, Serajgonj
Cell: 01779264476 Support: Taka 60,000 for a refrigerator
Nurjahan used to work as a sewing operator in Ether Tech garments.The building collapsed broke her back and one arm. After her treatment, she has returned to her home where she started a diner (hotel). SpaandanB has provided her help to purchase a refrigerator and some supplies for her diner.
Age: 30 Village Mannangram, Badhan, Faridpur, Pabna
Cell: 01782967201 Support: Taka 60,000 for two cows
Sabina used to work at New Bottom Limited on 4th floor of Rana Plaza. She suffered from head trauma and arm fracture. Her should bone was also fractured. She took treatment in the Pongu Hospital for 3 months. Now she has retuned to her village home where she wants start some earning by selling cow milk. SpaandanB has helped her to purchase two cows (heifers).
Kabilpur, Sonaimuri, Noakhali
Cell: 01712970359 Support: Taka 85,000 for machinery parts
Mobarak used to work at Ether Tech garments on 6th floor of Rana Plaza. He was rescued 13 hours after the building collapse. His right leg was paralyzed. He is still undergoing radio therapy. He wants to join his brother-in-law's machine-parts business in Bongshal. SpaandanB provide help to Mobarak to purchase supples for his business.
Kotbari, Savar, Dhaka
Support: Taka 70,000 for two cows
Shakhina begum suffered a head-injury in the calamity. She received treatment from Enam Medical hospital. Now she has returned to her village home where she wants to rear cows for milk. SpaandanB is providing her with support to purchase two cows (heifers).
Chapain, Savar, Dhaka
Support: Taka 60,000 for small grocery shop
Yakub suffered hand and head injury in the Rana plaza building collapse. He is undergoing treatment but healing process is very slow. He wants to setup a small grocery shop besides his Savar residence. SpaandanB is helping Yakub to setup this small income generating venture.
Subrota Gosh, Shuvo
Support: Taka 65,000 for small jewelry hand bag shop
Shuvo suffered a gruesome injury in the accident. A heavy structural beam fell on his forehand, causing massive laceration and muscle loss. He went through a long treatment which include skin grafting and neuro-surgery. He wants to start a small business of making jewelry bags. SpaandanB is helping Shuvo to setup the business beside his residence in Savar.
Kalichand, Niyamatpur, Naoga
Cell: 01849132662,01771684838 Support: Taka 65,000 for two cows
Momena Khatun suffered a limb-injury in the Savar building collapse. She was carrying a five-month old baby that time and unfortunately the baby got mis-carriaged. After her treatment, Momena returned to her village home. She wants to rear cows for milk as an income generating means. SpaandanB has provided her with financial support to procure two cows (heifers).
Bakdia, Kholshkandi, Bakergong, Barisal
Cell: 01724661978 Support: Taka 65,000 for a small grocery setup
Shahabuddin used work in the Garments company called New Wave Style Limited. On the eventful day, he suffered serious injury on his right hand and head. After treatment, he returned to his village home where he wants to run a small grocery store. SpaandanB provided Shahbuddin with capital to procure materials for his small store.
Age: 28 Panch Poila, Mahmudpur, Melahonda, Jamalpur
Cell: 01836351675 Support: Taka 70,000 for a grocery setup
Ohidul and his wife used work on the same floor at Rana Plaze for the company called New Wave Bottom Limited.Shahabuddin used work in the Garments company called New Wave Style Limited. Due to the collapse, he injured his rib cage. After taking treatment, he started to run a small grocery store in Savar. SpannadnB is helping Ohidul to purchase a refrigeratorc and add a flexi-load business to his existing shop.
Daud Gonopara, Ramgonj Hat, Nilfamari
Cell: 01687144787 Support: Taka 70,000 for a grocery setup
Nasima Begum suffered a serious injury at her back and right leg. After treatment, she went to her village home in Nilfamari where she wanst to start a small grocery store. SpaandanB has provided Tk70,000 to Nasima for her endeavor.
Age: 35 Address: Nander Ai, Chirir Bondor, Dinajpur
Cell: 01747546115 Support: Taka 70,000 for a clothing store
Mofazzal used work as an operator at New Wave Style Limited in Rana Plaza. On the day of the accident, he suffered a serious injury at his elbow and lost muscle and tissue. After treatment, Mofazzal has started a clothing store in Beltoli Bazar with the assistance from SpaandanB.
Age: 20 Address: Char Kolmi, Chor Fashion, Vola
Cell: 01986326505 Support: Taka 65,000 for two cows
Corona was injured severely due to building collapse. Her husband, an rickshaw-puller, can barely meet the needs of the family. On top of that, Corona needs have ongoing treatment. Corona now wants to rear cows for milk. SpaandanB has provided Tk65,000 to Coronoa to purchase two cows (heifers).
Age: 40 Address: Mamunpur, Jumarbari, Shaghata, Gaibandha
Cell: 01779783639 Support: Taka 60,000 for two cows (heifers)
Maleka's husband left her almost 15 years ago. After that, she has been struggling to get by with her one child. She worked in Rana Plaza for a while for Tk1500 per month. The accident left her with a broken back. Now, she wants to rear cows for milk and SpaandanB helped her to get two of them.
Age: 18 Address: Bank Colony, Savar
Cell: 01779783639 Support: Taka 70,000 for a small pawn shop
Emdadul Haque used to work as an electrical technician for New Wave garments. On the fateful day, he suffered from serious limb injury. After treatment, he wants to run a small pawn shop. SpaandanB has helped him to procure materials for his small store.
Age: 29 Address: West Bek village, Hati Bandha, Hatibandha
Cell: 01684060933 Support: Taka 60,000 for a small grocery store
Baki Billah suffered from a limb injury due to the collapse. After long treatment, he has partially regained his strength. He wants to run a grocery store in partnership with a friend. SpaandanB helped hime to procure materials for his store.
Abdur Rahman, Father of deceased Selim Rana
Radhanogor, Atwary, Panchagar
Cell: 01684060933 Support: Taka 70,000 for two cows
Selima Rana used to work on the 6th floor of Rana Plaza. After the collapse, he was rescued alive with grave injuries. After fighting for a while, Selim Rana died on May 1, 2013. After losing the main source of income, Selim's family got into a dire state. SpaandanB provided help to this family by purchasing two cows (heifers).
Village Molany, Atwary, Panchagar
Support: Taka 60,000 for two cows
Khalilur Rahman joined Ether Tech garments about three weeks before the tragic incident. He injured his right hand badly. After long treatment, he has partially recovered. However, heavy work is beyond his physical limit now. SpaandanB helped him by purchasing two cows to start a dairy business.
Age: 26 Address: Bardia, Utholi, Shibaloy, Manikgonj
Cell: 01725489277 Support: Taka 60,000 for small grocery store
Rezaul Karim was an operator at Ether Tech Garments in Rana Plaza. When the fatal accident happened, he injured his back severely. After long treatment, he has returned to his village home. He managed a small land to erect a small grocery store. SpaandanB is helping Rezaul to stock the store with materials.
Yunus Ali, Father of deceased Ashraful
Jaogai, Gouripur, Mymensingh
Support: Taka 80,000 for two cows
Asharful used to work as an Iron Man on 8th floor of Rana Plaza. After the accident, he was rescued in an unconscious state. After one month of struggle, ashraful passed away. Being the sole bread earner, his family plunged into a deep struggle. SpaandanB helped his father two purchase two cows (heifers) for milk which will bring somne sort of sustenance.
Age: 30 Address: Mojidpur, Savar, Dhaka
Cell: 01924228144 Support: Taka 75,000 for a hard-ware store
Afroza worked as a quality controller in Rana Plaza. The accident left her with two broken legs. It became increasingly difficult for her family of three children to get by. Afroza's husband, who died 3 years before, used to have a hardware store. Afroza now wants restart that business with SpaandanB's help.
Age: 33 Address: Mojidpur, Savar, Dhaka
Cell: 01724117009 Support: Taka 60,000 for a grocery store
Munsur used to work a sewing operator in one go the garments in Rana Plaza. When the building collapsed, he suffered a serious injury at his back which left him almost immobile. He is still undergoing treatment and therapy. He wants to run a small grocery store for his living. SpaandanB provided him with a small capital for the store.
Age: 20 Address: Gouripur, Goalondo, Rajbari
Cell: 01834242897 Support: Taka 75,000 for a cosmetics store
Shamima used to work on 6th floor of Rana Plaza. She suffered head injury from the dreadful crash. Shamima's father, a liberation fighter, is paralyzed. She used to run her family, supporting 4 other siblings. Now, she wants to start a small store selling cosmetics. SpaandanB is proud to help this family of fighter to stand on their feet again.
Age: 25 Address: Mokamia, Corona, Betagi, Barguna
Cell: 01781721150 Support: Taka 60,000 for two cows
Masuda's ill fate started when her husband left her 3 years ago. She came to Dhaka and started working in a garments factory in Rana Plaza. The collapse left her with a fractured vertebra. After a long healing process, she returned to her village home. She fixed a small store for her father. SpaandanB provided her with two cows for additional financial support.
Age: 28 Address: Mitevanga, Shiber Hat, Shondip
Cell: 01837465950 Support: Taka 70,000 for a computer learning center
Farhad used to work on 4th floor of Rana Plaza. The accident caused a serious injury to her legs. After treatment, he returned to Sitakundu where he wants to start a computer learning center. SpaandanB helped Farhad two procure two computers, once scanned and one printer for his studio.
Sharmin Akhter, Wife of deceased Ismail Hossain
Mohadebpur, Dalalbazar, Lakshipur
Cell: 01837465950 Support: Taka 65,000 for two cows
Ismail Hossain used to work as a sewing operator in Rana Plaza when the fateful event claimed his life. Five days after, Ismail's wife gave birth to a son. SpaandanB is helping this Ismail's family by providing support to purchase two cows for milk.
Ratan Ali, Father of deceased Mamun
Shona Utha, Amua, Kathalia, Jhalkathi
Support: Taka 70,000 for one auto-rickshaw
Mamun used to work in a garments factory in Rana Plaza for seven years. After the accident, he was injured gravely and dies in the hospital. SpaandanB is helping this family to get on track by providing t=Mamun;s father with an auto-rickshaw.
Age: 22 Address: Village Kalinchi, Shamnogor, Shatkhira
Cell: 01914046997 Support: Taka 60,000 for two cows
Shahidul Islam was the main bread earner for his family of three younger siblings, mom and dad. He suffered from leg injury when Rana Plaza collapsed. He partially lost mobility and now moves around with the help of crouches. He wants to start earning again by selling milk from cows. Spaandanb helped him to get two cows.
Miapara, Motuail, Modhukhali, Faridpur
Support: Taka 35,000 for one auto-rickshaw
Shikha suffered from a limb injury during the Rana Plaza collapse. She had to go through surgery where a steel plates were inserted in her forearm. After 10 months, the steel plates were removed. She wants to buy an auto-rickshaw for her husband to get some additional earning.
North Vatabaria, Vandaria, Pirozepur
Support: Taka 55,000 for a computer shop
Abul Kalam suffered hand and leg injury when Rana Plaza collapsed. He underwent surgery and therapy sessions. Now he wants to start a computer shop in one corner of his wife's store. SpaandanB has provided support to Abul Kalam to purchase a monitor, cpu and a printer.
Age: 45 Address: Kachabari, Bohanapara, Bodorgonj, Rangpur
Cell: 01751648107 Support: Taka 60,000 for a small grocery store
Momota was a sewing operator in New Wave garments factory on 8th floor of Rana Plaza. After the collapse, she was trapped under the debris for two long days. She went through medical treatment for a while. To survive with a family of three daughters, she needs to start earning again. SpaandanB is helping her to setup a small grocery store.
Village Hargillar Chor, Islampur, Jamalpur
Support: Taka 35,000 for grocery store supplies
Sohel escaped the devastating collapse with a fractured leg and hand. He underwent a sugary where metal rods are inserted in his leg. Now he has returned to his Savar residence. He wants to start a small grocery store for living. SpaandanB is helping him to procure supplies for his store.
Age: 18 Address: Joyram, Polichora Hat, Rangpur
Cell: 01828150329 Support: Taka 60,000 for two cows
Rina used to work in New Wave Style garments in Rana Plaza. She suffered sever laceration and head trauma due to the building collapse. It took her a while to get healed. Now she has returned to her village in Rangpur where she wants to start an earning venture by rearing cows and selling milk. SpaandanB is helping her purchase two cows.
Age: 19 Address: Gobindagonj, Gaibandha
Cell: 01943813844 Support: Taka 60,000 for one auto-rickshaw
Taslima got buried underneath the debris of Rana Plaza and suffered severe body trauma. After treatment, she returned to her village in Rangpur. Her husband drives auto-rickshaw for living. SpaandanB is helping her to purchase an auto-rickshaw.
Feroza Begum, Mother of deceased Parvin
Rahori Taluk, Maijdi, Noakhali
Support: Taka 80,000 for one auto-rickshaw
Parvin was rescued alive from the collapse. Unfortunately, after 15 days later, she died out of her injuries. Parvin's brother drives auto-rickshaw. In order to help this family get by, SpaandanB provided support to purchase one auto-rickshaw.
Baruijuri, Shuborno-nogor, Rajbari
Support: Taka 60,000 for a small grocery store
The fateful collapse claimed one eye of Niru Sardar. A metal rod pierce through his left eye. He wants to start a small grocery store to earn some living. SpaandanB is providing support to Niru Sardar to purchase supplies for his store.
Sonari, Dimla, Nilfamari
Support: Taka 60,000 for two cows
Golam Rabbani suffered from a broken femur due to the building collapse. After taking treatment for a while, he retuned to his village home. His father already already has few cows. SpaandanB is providing help to purchase two more cows for this family.
Age: 20 Address: Vobanipur, Baniachong, Hobiganj
Cell: 01788535644 Support: Taka 60,000 for tailoring store supplies
Shipu Rani and her sister both used to work in a garments factory in Rana Plaza. When the building collapsed, both of them got injured when they got pressed under debris. After treatment, Shipu Rani returned to her village home. They want to start a tailoring store now for living. SpaandanB has provided help to this family to purchase a sewing machine and supplies for tailoring.
Age: 27 Address: Panchbibi, Mohadevpur, Naogaon
Cell: 01736900489 Support: Taka 70,000 for two cows
Rafiqul Islam used to work as a supervisor at New Wave Garments in Rana Plaza. When the building collapsed, he suffered from head injury and had to receive 25 stitches. He is now partially recovered, even though pain hasn't subsided yet. He wants to return to his village home to help his father. SpaandanB provided Rafiqul with two cows so that he can start a dairy business.
Zahir Uddin, Father of Deceased Mozammel
North Salal, Kumariabari, Kajipur, Serajgonj
Cell: 01743289426 Support: Taka 60,000 for two cows
Mozammel used to work at New Wave Style in Rana Plaza. On the day of the accident, he was rescued in critical condition and hospitalized. Four days later, he passed away. Mozammel's father is a day laborer and works on leased land. They have two cows. SpaandanB has provided two additional cows to his father so that they can have a decent income out of dairy business.
Age: 21 Address: Chaman, Allardargah, Doulotpur, Kushtia
Cell: 01682891860 Support: Taka 60,000 for grocery store setup
Julekha used to work at New Wave Style garments on 8th floor of Rana Plaza. When the building collapsed, she injured her ankles, ribs and lost muscles from her palms. Later on, her physical condition improved but the mental trauma eventually got in her way and started to affect daily life activity. She wants to start a small grocery store for her living since she can not work any where else.
SpaandanB support for Savar Victims: Updated on Sep 20, 2013
SpaandanB Bangladesh Office, along with its partner organizations (Badhan, SAFE), has participated in the Savar rescue operation from the immediate aftermath of the collapse. SpaandanB Bangladesh office divided the overall help process into different phases. In phase-I, immediate life-saving services have been provided. In phase-II, sustained help are being provided to patients for health comfort. In phase-III, targeted rehabilitation services will be provided for long-term effect. Details of all these phases are provided below -
Phase-I: Immediate Life-Saving Services Status: completed, Expenditure: Taka 5,37,626 (Approximately $7,000) (10% of total budget)
- In consultation with doctors at Enam Medical College, surgical instruments were provided to the authority of Enam Hospital for immediate surgery on 50 patients. The following instruments have been procured-
- DCP with screw for radias and ulna- 10 piece
- DCP with screw for tibia- 5 piece,
- DCP for humerus with screw- 5 piece,
- DSH with screw- 2 piece,
- interlocking nail with screw - 2 pieces
- SpaandanB officials and Badhan volunteers visited all the Savar victims who got admitted into Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Savar CMH and Pongu Hospital and created a list with mobile numbers for constant contact. Emergency help kits, containing high-nutrient food and change of clothes, have been provided to 182 patients. (Total expense Taka 2,21,759)
- We supplied 20 coffins for proper burial of the unfortunate fallen victims. They were handed over to the ADC General of Dhaka District, Head of Control Room for Savar victims. (Total Expense Taka 35,200)
- SpaandanB partnered with SAFE in carrying out the emergency rescue work at Savar during the first week of the effort. SpaandanB supported the expenditure for procuring various rescue materials (i.e. Oxygen Cylinder, Safety Mask, Gloves, First Aid materials etc). (Total expenses Taka 2,34,167 Receipt ).
Phase-II: Short term health support to alleviate immediate sufferings Status: Completed, Expenditure: Taka 3,69,596
- In this phase, SpaandanB continued to provide emergency health support to Savar victims in "Pangu" Hospital and "Sharawrdi" hospital. In consultation with Prof. KH Awal, Director of National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (NITOR), created a food supplement package (contains 1 egg, 2pcs bread, 500 gm Milk, 2 litre pure drinking water, 1 banana and 1 lemon). These packages were distributed to 120 pre-identified patients to start with. As patients came around and leave the hospitals, number of benificiaries gradually decreased. This way we provided a total of 4602 food packages.
- SpaandanB officials, with the help of Badhan volunteers, are conducting detailed survey of the patients to identify their medical and financial situation. This includes family background checking and verification of possibility of receiving help from other sources. The correctness of this database will be instrumental in determining the exact nature of the future rehabilitation process, which will vary case by case.
- SpaandanB is under discussion with SAFE for possible partnership during rehabilitation process.