Eminence Associates for Social Development (EASD) emerged as a not-for-profit organization with its brand name ‘Eminence’. The CEO of Eminence was a young child in 1976, Mirpur Bangladesh. There was a lack of access to water, and it had to be procured through a water pump, which was then changed to a water lorry once a day. The pain and discomfort of sourcing fresh water remained poignant in his mind, until 2003. That was when Eminence started to formally form as a source to alleviate the hardships of the Bengali people.
While in Rajshahi for medical school, Dr. Shamim Talukder befriended a blue collar rickshaw puller, named Habib. He shared with him his wishes for a better future for Bangladesh. After Eminence became established in Dhaka, Habib left his job to support the dream for Bangladesh’s progress. He worked there for 8 months, pouring his soul into caring for the NGO, from cleaning, to feeding the employees. When he returned home for a vacation in his village. Habib suffered a deadly fall off of a rooftop, and did not return to Dhaka.
Those eight months left an impact on Eminence forever. His kind words, stories, and hopeful outlook is still not forgotten. His dreams inspire us to this day, to make his wishes for progress a reality. We are working at Eminence with the dream to ensure equality and equity among poor and wealthy Bangladeshis. We are also looking forward to creating an environmentally aware and sustainable future.
Philosophy for Development: Knowledge Based Communities, Community Business, Six Basic Needs of Human Life, Integrated Development, Equity Based Justice, Young Leadership, and Environmentally Friendly Action
Based on these philosophies, Eminence derives its seven types of activities we want to pursue.
1. Knowledge Based Communities
2. Community Business
A community purpose business enables one to utilize the entrepreneurial ethics and principles to establish and manage a for-profit business that advocates community change in a positive way. We believe, the Community Business should be based on some determined ethics while following the manner of pluralism which can change the entire way a business operates, further creating an actual sense of accountability. A Community Business can bring accessibility, transparency, and a responsive course of action due to the engagement of several shareholders who are also the customers. Community Businesses would generally operate with the purpose of forming value for the community and also generate income, hence some ground Ethics must strictly be followed and be environment friendly.
3. Six Basic Needs of Human Life
4. Integrated Development
5. Equity Based Justice
6. Young Leadership
“The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible, and achieved it, generation after generation”.
By Pearl S. Buck
Leadership is a continual learning process to lead oneself as well as leading others. The young generation is a crucial organ in the body of a developing nation; hence their contribution is something beyond the full stop. When one is set to lead, there comes no other option but to develop a sense of responsibility which fuels the journey of industrious mindset, self-efficacy together with various organizational expertise. When the young generation is being trained during an early stage and given the opportunities to become a part of an organization that involves responsibilities, the probable magical change becomes a must. Universally leadership is defined as “the action of leading a group or an organization, or the ability to do this”. At Eminence, we believe that if nurtured and provided with possibilities, every youth would come up with a contribution. Creating awareness in youth regarding the subject matters that include the development of the nation and ensuring their role in the consultative processes like policy designing are being deemed as significant.