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Suraiya Haque

Founder & Executive Director, Phulki

In her early years, Ms Suraiya Haque grew up in a privileged environment. Due to social pressures, she was married off while in class ten. After a break of eight years she returned to school against her husband and in-laws wishes. She continued her education till her Bachelors degree with no support from anyone.

Ms Haque established Phulki in 1991. Urban working mothers, mostly from low-income groups, face great difficulty in terms of accessing child day care services. Most of them are forced to leave their children unattended in their slum dwellings exposing the children to great risk and inadequate nutrition. Mothers also tend to be less productive in the work place as at times they are unable to attend.

She is the first person in Bangladesh to introduce and implement work place based day care centers. Her organization, Phulki, is the only such service-providing agency in the country. Till now she has established 24 community-based day cares and over 15 centers in factories, offices and government departments.

She has instituted and handed over management of the day care center at BRAC, the largest NGO in the country. In addition, she was responsible for setting up similar centers at the Government Secretariat and the Women Affairs Directorate.