The Munshi Atar Ali Welfare Society (MAAWS) was founded during British colonial rule in the early 1930s. The late Munshi Atar Ali, a farmer and landlord, realized the importance of education and community activism. Ali was successful in gathering a small group to meet monthly to promote formal education, religious instruction and create a spirit of community and social harmony between Muslims and Hindus, the two major religious groups in Bangladesh. Inspired by Ali’s efforts, the community built a kachari (community office) that became the focal point for the organization. The Earpur Primary School and Preschool were founded by Ali in the early 1930s in Earpur, Senbagh, Noakhali, Bangladesh.
Today Ali’s descendants operate the organization and continue his legacy. The society has expanded to include a vocational school, a high school and other poverty mitigation programs. The samaj (community organization) he founded still thrives and reaches more families through the organization’s programs and the support of people previously helped.
MAAWS is an official registered non-governmental grassroots organization (NGO) with the Bangladesh Department of Social Services and Bureau of NGOs since 2001, in addition to being a registered 501 (C) (3) organization in the United States.
Ali strived to create and implement programs where people could learn the necessary skills to seek employment. Today, we are continuing the same legacy.
Our project area is located in the village of Earpur in Senbagh, Noakhali Bangladesh
- 165 miles from Dhaka
- 12 miles east of Noakhali Sadar HQ
- 1 mile inside from Chittagong-Noakhali-Dhaka Highway Distance
- 80 miles from Chittagong