A community organization in BRADFORD celebrated 40 years of hard work with a celebration at its center yesterday.
The Bangladesh Youth Organization (BYO) was founded in 1982 and has supported Manningham residents from all walks of life.
About 350 to 400 people attended the anniversary celebrations, according to project manager Mohammed Joynal, who has worked with BYO for 22 years.
“It was fantastic – there was a great turnout and we thank all our partners and Bradford Council representatives for their participation,” he added.
“Lord Mayor Martin Love was there, as were former Lord Mayor Shabir Hussain and Bradford Council Leader Susan Hinchcliffe.
“A six-year-old and a nine-year-old also gave very confident speeches about how BYO has helped them with their studies and through our holiday activity program – it was fantastic.”
Joynal added that many BYO success stories were also present.
“Abdul Karim, who is responsible for mental health at Bradford Council, explained how BYO responded when he was expelled from school and college,” he explained.
“He is now a board member here as well. He appreciates the support we gave him and he is now giving back.
“Helping to transform people’s lives is a huge achievement for us. »
Looking ahead, Joynal said the organization still has a lot to offer.
“It has been 40 fantastic years of pioneering work. There have been so many changes and progress, but we have to keep fighting,” he said.
“The pandemic has been tough and the current crisis is really affecting people.
“The need for centers like ours remains high – many people are struggling to survive at the moment.
“That’s why we distribute food parcels, organize mental health groups and support people with education and employment.
“We have a very young population in Bradford, and the energy they have needs to be diverted to positive things.
“We must exploit our status as a city of culture, and all sections of the community must benefit from it.
“The health inequalities are huge – if you live in Manningham you live – on average – 15 or 20 years younger than someone living down the street in Baildon or Ilkley.
“We have done a lot of work to combat this, but it must continue.
“The damage that the cuts have caused to communities like ours is also enormous.
“Our hands are very busy at the moment – but we aim to ensure that young people from all walks of life succeed.”