COVID-19 and the impact on my 150 families.

Dear Friends,

I’m sharing a video here with some of these brave and beautiful people who wanted to express their gratitude and their emotions with you because of the help I have been giving them for the last 5 – 6 months.

I want to keep you updated about During this crisis of the Coronavirus, the 150 families that I have been helping have suffered much during this time of great hardship.

‘Bless you for your kind help during this horrible crisis period. May Allah always keep you happy and healthy.’

‘We want to say that during this Corona time, Akash uncle helped us so much. Otherwise, we would probably have died.’

‘These include the families that I have helped by creating small businesses; the parents and families of the 20 working children whom I had recently admitted to school before the virus struck; the families of the hundreds of poor students to whom I have given scholarships; as well as the 30 elderly couples who are childless and living on their own for whom I have taken responsibility for the rest of their lives.’

‘During this Coronavirus time we could not earn anything and had no money to eat. Akash brother helped us. Allah blessed us with peace. We pray for Akash brother.’

All of these vulnerable souls have been having terrible problems during this critical Pandemic. By the grace of God, I have been trying to personally take care of all of them the last 5 – 6 months. I have committed myself to be responsible for them and I will look after all of them until the situation becomes more stable. Around 150 families are getting support from my side.

Please keep me in your prayers so that I may continue my mission to change the lives of the unprivileged and to continue my commitments to them as well as enable them to integrate into society which would improve the lives of all of us.

‘During the last four moths our situation has been really terrible we even had no rice to eat at our home; we had nothing to eat. We had no work! During that critical moment, Akash brother came beside us. He helps us economically and mentally. If he did not help us, possibly we would not die because of Coronavirus, but surely, we would have died from hunger at that time. Poverty is so devastating in our village that if we don’t work one day, we cannot even manage to buy food for that day. During this crisis our Akash brother helped us. My family and I are always so grateful to him. We always pray for him. Please all of you watching this pray for his long life.’

‘We all have been suffering a lot during this Coronavirus crisis. We have had no food at home. Once during the whole day we had nothing at all to eat. That moment Akash brother was standing beside us to help. Akash brother helps in whatever way he possibly can. It was only with his help that we survived. My husband works in a mill and he has had no work since the crisis began. During these terrible times, Akash brother has helped us.,

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka



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Author: GMB Akash

"I see the beauty of people and the human soul in the pictures I take. And though the circumstances of some of the people I portray may be grim, back-breaking, depraved, the people themselves are always remarkable characters and souls" For me Photography is my language, to access, to communicate, to identify and mostly to make it hear. Through photography I only jot down my heart’s language. The best part about being a photographer is that I’m able to articulate the experiences of the voiceless and to bring their identities to the forefront which gives meaning and purpose to my own life.

2 thoughts on “COVID-19 and the impact on my 150 families.”

  1. Thank you for sharing this slice of life with us… As an American it seems we are so inundated with the horrors of our own political disease… One which few of us can hold up under, the constant barrage of hatred, of hypocrisy, and of what is best described as an America we do not recognize.. You work brings humanity to faces seldom seem, and I for one am hopeful that under new leadership we can once again be part of the global humanity… You dear friend are a “ Weaver” and the patchwork of your place on the quilt of life is breathtaking…. 🙏🏻

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