Among some great names of short lived visionaries, Abinta Kabir will always be a name that propels hope to the underprivileged. Her life was cut short in the brutal night of July 1, 2016, but her dream moved on. Abinta Kabir Foundation was formed on March 5, 2017. As part of the mission of the foundation, Abinta Kabir Foundation School was opened on July 5, 2017, at Dhaka's Vatara area. This year marked the first anniversary of the school.
While studying in Oxford College of Emory University, Abinta could apply for a scholarship based on her academic brilliance, but, she turned it down because she believed that the scholarship should go to someone who didn't have the means to afford it.
In an intimate setting of the first anniversary celebration, Abinta's mother, Ms Ruba Ahmed, says, “It is usually the children who follow the path of the parents. I am trying to follow my daughter's blue print.” Her mother and her close relatives did everything within their reach to turn Abinta's dream into a reality.
The school has designed their curriculum keeping in mind the values Abinta herself stood by all through her life. It is now a safe shelter for all the 64 children and these students of the all-girls school are largely from underprivileged families living in the nearby slums.
“We began with all-girls school because we believe these girls will grow up to be responsible mothers who will educate their children,” says Maliha Ahsan, the Education Programme Officer of the school.
The presence of Abinta resonates in every corner of the school. The dominance of purple in the premises could make you wander about its story behind. It's a simple one. Purple was Abinta's favourite colour. In the dream interpretation it says, purple dreams are a gift. If the colour purple is prevalent throughout your dream, it means that you have great goals and aspirations. You know where you want to go and most likely, how to get there. Abinta was proactive to make a blue print of her dream while she lived.
The students reciprocate to her love as well. For the one year anniversary celebration, they dedicated a song to their beloved Abinta Apu-
“Everything I am,
Everything I'll be,
I give it to you,
And do it thankfully.”
Trust, determination, gratitude, respect and open-mindedness were the five values that Abinta Kabir lived by. The little souls will carry on the principles that were borne by the courageous hearts of Abinta, Faraz, Tarishi who we lost at their prime.