press release Chevron Distributes 8,800 Relief Packs in COVID-19 Response Effort

DHAKA, AUG 17th, 2020 - Like communities across the world, the COVID-19 global pandemic has had a significant impact on the lives and livelihoods of many people, including those that live around Chevron’s gas fields in Bangladesh. Recognizing the importance of standing by its fence line communities during this challenging time, Chevron’s Bangladesh companies have implemented a multi-phase relief distribution effort. 

During the months of May through July, Chevron planned and distributed 5,500 relief packages (containing soap and essential grocery items like rice, lentils, cooking-oil, etc.) for families of three Unions under Nabiganj Upazila, located near the Bibiyana Gas Field. On one such occasion, among the notables that attended the ceremonial handover of the relief packs were Shahnewaz Milad Gazi, Member of Parliament for Nabiganj-Bahubal and Biswajit Kumar Paul, Upazila Nirbahi Officer, Nabiganj. Meanwhile, in Sylhet, 3,000 relief packs were distributed amongst families of two Wards near Jalalabad Gas Field. The official handover event was held at the offices of the Sylhet City Corporation, which was represented by Ariful Haq Chowdhury, Mayor and Dr. Zahidul Islam, Chief Medical Officer, among others. In Dhaka, 300 packs were distributed amongst underprivileged children of nine charity schools (“Kushum Koli” schools) run by the Social Welfare Committee of the Dhaka Ladies Club. Chevron’s Bangladesh Corporate Affairs Director, Ismail Chowdhury attended the Dhaka event, during which he handed over the bags to Fyzunnessa Muna, the Club’s Social Welfare Secretary. 

Chevron covid-19 support

5,500 relief packages were distributed amongst families of three Unions under Nabiganj Upazila, located near Chevron’s Bibiyana Gas Field. Seen left to right at a handover event are Md. Khairul Alam, Sub-Assistant Engineer, Project Implementation Office, Nabiganj; Biswajit Kumar Paul, Upazila Nirbahi Officer, Nabiganj; Murad Ahmed, Senior Coordinator, Community Engagement, Chevron Bangladesh.