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Dubai Cares to build school in Bangladesh in memory of Sufia
Dubai Cares is set to build a secondary school in Bangladesh in memory of Sufia Akter, a migrant domestic worker from Bangladesh who died saving four Emirati boys from drowning two years ago.
Sufia, who worked in the UAE as a nanny with an Emirati family, was swept away in the sea after she bravely rescued four Emirati boys in her care, aged between six and ten on October 24, 2014.
Sufia drowned before the arrival of emergency services, despite the bold efforts of the children’s father who jumped into the water to save her.
The school will be built at Bhata Para village in Sunamgonj district where Sufia was born and raised, and where her family members still live, reported a number of international news outlets.
Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has ordered the construction of the school.
Dubai Cares has been campaigning with the support of the UAE Embassy in Bangladesh and the Embassy of Bangladesh in the UAE, as well as several non-governmental organisations and government officials.
After extensive consultation with BRAC, Bangladesh’s leading NGO and a trusted partner of Dubai Cares, Dubai Cares has unveiled its plan to construct and support the secondary school.
The foundation stone for the school was laid on May 10 and the construction of the school will be completed by this year.
The new school, the only one of its kind in Sufia’s village, will provide education to children, particularly young girls, living in Bhata Para.