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12:10 AM, February 01, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:32 AM, February 01, 2019

Transforming the lives of children

Proborton is an organisation that provides free education and healthcare services to underprivileged children. Sabbir Khan Saym, the founder of Proborton, is from the Forestry and Environmental Science department of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet. He started the organisation around three years ago, with an incentive to improve the lives of children who have little means to rely upon. Sabbir started off with saving his lunch money to leave an impact on the lives of these children.

Today, Proborton has two schools in Rangpur, one of which is in Rolakatar Char, Kurigram. The children in Rolakatar Char did not have access to any other school before Proborton came to their aid. The organisation recently inaugurated their third campus in Mirpur. Currently, their schools have 150 students.

The children also take part in many workshops held by Proborton. The organisation also distributed more than a 1000 pieces of clothing during Eid all across the nation in the last few years.

Sabbir explained that he works for education because he values it as the greatest weapon in the world. He saw his younger brother drop out of school due to lack of money. “Despite being the top student, my brother's education was halted just because our father could not afford to pay the fees,” says Sabbir.  Today, his brother is a Botany student at the University of Dhaka. Sabbir's selfless devotion to Probortion reflects his dreams of creating a Bangladesh where no child is deprived of knowledge, even the ones who live in poor conditions.  

Proborton has also saved the lives of over 50 child patients, by funding their entire medical treatment. “Even if the child is not from our schools, we try our best to do all that we can to help,” explains Sabbir.  Proborton is largely financed by many non-resident Bangladeshis as well.

Furthermore, Sabbir takes online classes on a wide range of topics and organises workshops on career counselling and social issues. He has also initiated a campaign called Purano Boi, Notun Shopno (Old Books, New Dreams) for people to donate their books to those in need. He received hugely positive responses for the campaign.

Sabbir has high expectations from himself and the nation when it comes to improving healthcare services and education. He hopes to recruit more promising volunteers for Proborton in the near future.  

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