Mission: Prothom Alo Foundation( PAF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the life of community members by providing services along with other partners through counseling, education, support, and advocacy.
Purpose and Goals: PROTHOM ALO FOUNDATION (PAF) is an aspiring non-profit social and cultural organization. The foundation believes that the vast Bengali speaking community needs impartial, unbiased and fact-based information and data to remain relevant in this diverse society and make informed decisions that influence their lives. They also need to know the civics – rights and obligation of a citizen in the society.
Prothom Alo Foundation’ serves the community in various ways. The name has been derived from Bengali origin which means ‘aurora of the day’. It is the most read weekly Bangla language newspaper among the Bengali speaking people in North America.
PAF will also endeavor to help new immigrants understand the interfaith relationship and community activism and integrate them into American mainstream culture and society.
The PAF is committed to women, children and senior citizens by providing them with civic education. In the future, the foundation will also carry out need-based social works to meet the special needs of the underprivileged in the community. It will address some issues like, Human Trafficking , Domestic violance, LGBTQ+ issues , cultural and educational barriors.
We intend to offer various programs that will train, motivate, and enhance their skills. PAF will train volunteers to write and speak for themself and others and provide any additional mental support. In doing so, it will always support social justice and promote cultural exchange.
In building a just immigrant community, PAF will also focus on issues such as removing the cultural and social barriers, promoting gender equality, addressing gender based violence, raising awareness on climate change and environmental issues.Through such community engagements, PAF will contribute to empowering the immigrant community so that they can become an integral part of the fast moving society.
Specific focus of goals include the following:
● Community empowerment
● Civic Education
● Cultural and ethnic literature initiatives
● Interfaith harmony
● Social Equality
● Stop Human Trafficking
● New immigrant support system
● Mental Health
● Change cultural attitude towards LGBTIQA issues
● Writers Project
Legal Status:Although Prothom Alo has been workingsince March 2017 starts with their publishing weekly News Bulletin. Since its beginning a group of volunteers gathered and took initiative for social and cultural issues. Covid-19 gave us a better understanding about the need of such an organization which builds through practice and passion.
January 2022 PAF filed their legal papers to the state of New York as a non profit entity and it is in a process to obtain 501C non profit status from the IRS.
Prothom Alo Foundation arranged a discussion meeting on Late Bangladeshi writer and Journalist Nurul Islam.
Community leaders gathered in Jewish center and paid their respect.
PAF organized and participated in an ANTI WAR PROTEST.
@ Divercity Plaza, Jackson Heights
Feb 10 PAF activists participated in a protest @ Ozone park .
Queens. Immigrant Modasser was killed by an unknown man.
March 24 2022
On the anniversary of Prothom Alo , Prothom Alo Foundation organized a discussion on “ Human Trafficking and Immigration” . The Queens District Attorney office supported the program. DA was present there, Asst. DA Jasica was the main speaker on the subject. Labor Leaders from the CWA 1182 and community leaders , writers , journalists were there to participate in the programme which was held at AGRA PALACE, Queens followed by Dinner.
April 15 2022
PAF organized IFTAR MAHFIL with muslim religious group.
Writers, community members from different religions participated as well.
May 18 , 2022
PAF organized and participated in the Book launching ceremony of Bengali Immigrant writer Mahbubur Rahman.
Jewish Center, Jackson Heights, NY
June 6th 2022
PAF organized a discussion on ‘Climate Change and Migration’ , which was held @ Moonlight Restaurant, Jackson Heights, NY.
DC from Mayor office Dilip Chouhan, Local elected official representatives, councilwoman from NJ Shepa Uddin, International Activist Syed Rizwana Hasan , Sharif Jamil, ABdul karim Kim, Tofajjol Sohel were there to speak.
Writer, activist Selina Uddin sponsored the event.