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Bangladeshi entrepreneur receives covetous award from USA



Lastnewsbd, 20th November, Dhaka: Tazin Shadid has received the covetous “Microsoft Alumni Network 2018 Inspired Leader Award” for his splendid work as founder of the Spreeha Foundation and CEO of Spreeha Bangladesh. The other co-recipient of the award is Mark Hall, an American who left Microsoft serving 20 years and joined the Arizona-based Red Feather Development Group dedicated to the welfare of the Native American families. Tazin Shadid, after having his post graduation Degree from the University of Texas North (UNT) joined Microsoft in 2005 and after successful accomplishment of his job for 10 years, he left the comfort of a full-time Microsoft job in Redmond for Bangladesh in 2015 so that he could help improve the living conditions of the people in slums of his homeland.  The 2018 Inspired Leaders were celebrated at an annual event recently at Seattle , the Microsoft  Headquarters in USA.  Award winners  received a cash grant of $10,000 for the nonprofit of his choice and a year of community support and visibility.

 

Spreeha runs a Million Smiles Club with a sky-piercing hope of bring smiles on the faces of one million down-trodden children by 2021

Microsoft Alumni Network 2018 introduced this award in 2016 and since then two persons are being awarded every year to inspire leaders program, honoring individuals who work quietly behind the scenes with great impact. The award recipients are mostly in the earlier phases of their journeys with exciting ideas and incredible enthusiasm. Tazin Shadid started the Spreeha Foundation while he was still at Microsoft because he wanted to help improve the living conditions of the people of  Bangladesh.

Today, Tazin is the full-time leader of Spreeha, which is dedicated to the health care, education and job placement training services to impoverished people in Bangladesh, also has created self-sustaining social ventures and Spreeha Studios, a business incubator that fosters startup companies. By the end of 2017, Spreeha – which is a Bengali word that means strong intention and hope with energy – had provided services to more than 125,000 people.

Talking to The Bangladesh News, Tazin said his “think big” attitude that he learned at Microsoft helped him set a goal to reach one million people by 2020. His time at Microsoft also helped him learn that in order to reach that goal, he and Spreeha needed to constantly “hit refresh.”

The beneficiaries of Sneho Diagnostic Center are seen with Spreeha’s Founder -CEO Tazin Shadeed and other executives of the organization

At that time  Spreeha was a small mobile health clinic with a doctor and a small amount of medicine. For the first two years, Tazin said, it was just his friends from Microsoft who were funding the nonprofit and the clinic was able to support between 10,000 and 20,000 people in two regions.

Tazin Shadeed with boys and girls of Spreeha-run Day-Care and Early Child Development-cum Education centre where they pursue knowledge to attain a better and prosperous future.

Spreeha now also runs social ventures that include the Sneho Diagnostic Center to provide affordable healthcare to urban residents; Amar Lab, which travels to patients to perform medical diagnostic services; Progga Club, which is a creative leadership program to empower girls; and the Udoy Center, which is a day care and early child development center for children and an education center for mothers “No one in their community had ever thought about going to a four-year college; high school was just a dream,” he said. “They are now ready for their master’s degrees, they have jobs with us as our community development officers, and they’ve started businesses.” One provides office supplies to businesses in the region. The other is a clothing line for women.

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