Care Across Communities

On a mission to build a fairer world, this UK based charity founded in 2021 is fundraising for poverty alleviation, water and sanitation, health, education and empowerment of women in developing countries. Their latest project is focussed on helping the school children of tea-workers in Bangladesh to escape the poverty cycle through education.

October 2023

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Care Across Communities on a mission to build a better and fairer world by focussing on helping communities in developing countries. Their mission is delivered through a series of programmes covering poverty alleviation, water and sanitation, health, education and empowerment of women. They are a UK registered charity founded in 2021, with hubs in Bangladesh and Uganda.

The charity was founded by Surrey-based Illina, an International Politics and Human rights graduate and experienced social researcher and campaigner, who just wanted to make a difference to people in developing countries in need of care and love. As a very small charity, they have limited resources and rely on volunteers so that they can spend most of their income directly on projects in developing countries.

Just one of the projects the charity runs is an education programme in rural Bangladesh, focussing on the children of extremely poor and marginalised tea plantation workers. A community descended from Indian migrants during the British Colonial period, the tea workers in this region remain trapped in a poverty cycle with low pay, poor housing and facilities and reduced educational prospects.

As a community the tea-workers require specific care and support to help achieve a level of social mobility that would enable them to escape from poverty and work towards a better future, and education is the most important factor in achieving this. Care Across Communities want to help children in this community to gain their literacy knowledge smoothly and encourage them not to drop out from schooling at Primary level. One way they are doing this is by distributing stationary such as bags, pencil cases, pens etc. that would be otherwise unaffordable for their families.

Through the implementation of this project and the awareness programmes, adults within the community also get support for sustainable community development through the practice of their literacy.

A grant from the Matthew Good Foundation will provide school stationery products including bags, exercise copies, pens, pencils, sharpeners, erasers etc. to 230 children at the Premnagar Tea Garden Primary School, whose parents are all active or retired tea workers.

“Thank you for helping these children in need of care and love. Tea workers have been in the same profession for more than a hundred years. We know we can’t change the entire scene, but we can help a group of tea workers’ children to gain literacy knowledge. Thank you for voting for Care Across Communities to receive this grant, I hope you will feel immense happiness when you have tea at your office or home.”

Illina Huq

Founder and CEO, Care Across Communities

“I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Illina and was struck by her determination to help others as her driving purpose in life. Illina is constantly re-educating herself for the benefit of others and genuinely cares about the fate of the groups and communities she helps. Illina is extremely detail orientated which means Care Across Communities only embarks on a project when it fully understands the need and potential impact along with having a plan for how to monitor the project’s outcomes.”

Michelle Taft

Executive Director, Matthew Good Foundation

Latest Project Updates

December 2023

230 Children Receive Stationary

After receiving a £2,500 grant from John Good Group, Illina from Care Across Communities visited rural Bangladesh, travelling to Premnagar tea garden and Purba Majdehee village in Moulvibazar district, to deliver stationary products to a total of 230 children - including school bags, exersize books, pens and pencils.

Illina said "The children and their parents were very happy. They expressed their gratefulness to you. I am also feeling fortunate to present at these events. Thank-you is a very small word to show our gratefulness. I had seen by my own eyes their excitement and happiness. A huge thanks from all of us to you."

November 2023

Granted £2,500

After becoming a finalist in John Good Group's latest round of Grants for Good, Care Across Communities was granted £2,500

October 2023

Grants for Good Finalist

Care Across Communities has become one of the top five finalists in the latest Grants for Good round, and will receive a grant between £2000 and £5000 after employees at the John Good Group have voted on their favourite causes.