A tribute from Shafiqul Islam.
After the devastating news this week that our Head of Bangladesh Programmes, Subodh Das, had died, our Bangladesh Country Director, Shafiqul Islam, pays tribute to an irreplaceable colleague.
"Subodh Das, the man I first met with a smile and gentle shaking head to greet me.
Our day usually began with a morning greeting, whether in person or over the phone. His voice of respect and smile always remained the same.
He worked in our ADD team in Bangladesh as Head of Programmes and became an inseparable part of us through his wisdom, commitment and dedication to the organisation.
Subodh, a soft-spoken person, had wonderful relationships with everyone and was called Dada (elder brother) by most of our colleagues.
Subodh breathed his last in hospital on Monday night, November 10, 2020, due to COVID 19. This unbearable news has shocked all of us within the ADD family and the broader development sector.
We have lost a true friend, supportive colleague, generous adviser and wonderful human being.
Over the last five years, Subodh was such an instrumental part of our organisation. His passion for the work, dedication and thorough understanding of disability and mainstreaming development was recognised within and outside ADD. It is difficult to find the appropriate words to pay tribute to Subodh Das.
For sure, we will uphold the good work you began. We will keep our strength. We will remain firm in continuing our work as a dedication to our respect to you.
We loved you so much Subodh da.
Rest in peace."