Companies in Northampton have been given the opportunity to help donate vital supplies to a school in a refugee camp in Bangladesh being rebuilt during a charity trip.

The Conservative Friends of Bangladesh, a group of politicians and businessmen, will be heading out to Dhaka in September for an eight-day International Social Action for Health Project.

The group, which includes Northampton businessman Naz Islam, will visit several new projects around Bangladesh including visiting the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox Bazaar. The group hopes to rebuild an existing school at the refugee camp and replenish it with vital supplies and equipment. The visit will also take in flagship sport and well-being project, London Tigers.

Mr Islam, chairman of the Northampton branch of the CFOB, said: “In Bangladesh, sport is used widely as a tool to educate individuals and communities on the risk factors associated with diseases.

“There is a significant increase in the burden of non-communicable diseases, such as cancer and diabetes, which are related to lifestyle changes in physical inactivity, unhealthy diets and tobacco use.

“Raising awareness and messages of prevention is paramount, especially since individuals who develop these diseases are less than 65 years of age.”

The group will be working with one of the largest NGOs in Bangladesh (BRAC), visiting some of their initiatives in Dhaka including their micro-finance projects which have been very successful in taking deprived people out of poverty by giving them access to the country’s banking system.

The group is appealing for local businesses to donate items to be used in the projects to help improve the lives of children in Bangladesh.

This could be sports equipment such as kit, balls and training aids or anything that would be useful in schools such as books, pencils, stationery and learning resources.

If you have anything you would be willing to donate please contact Naz Islam on [email protected] or call 07852 714163.

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