Bangladesh Sustainability Excellence Award Finalists 2023: How Metlife funded a greenspace in Dhaka
Through this project Metlife tansformed the misused public place opposite the Jallad Khana Killing Field Memorial into a modern, green, and child-friendly public space.

The Jallad Khana Killing Field Memorial in Mirpur-10, Dhaka is intertwined with the history of Bangladesh’s Liberation War. Unfortunately, the public place beside the Memorial had become a hub for drug related activities over the last few years. Shakti Foundation and MetLife Foundation, in collaboration with Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), have drastically transformed this forsaken space into a green center for life and recreation. The transformation was made by planting trees, plants, and climbers in different sizes as well as building a vertical garden to facilitate greenery and carbon sequestration in the area. Furthermore, increasing tree cover is contributing to the mitigation of the urban heat-island effect by providing shade and cool air. The existing children’s play equipment has been renewed and the concrete playground has been replaced by Mexican turf grass to ensure safety and dust control. In addition, the Jallad Khana Garbage Secondary Transfer Station (STS), a malodorous and unsightly dumping ground, has been given a fresh makeover by renowned Cartoonist Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy and his team at Tanmoy Cartoons. To fulfill SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, SDG 13: Climate Action and SDG 15: Life on Land, Shakti Foundation, jointly funded by MetLife Foundation, is currently maintaining this green public space with a comprehensive plant healthcare strategy, onsite watering system, and a dedicated landscape team. The Project was formally inaugurated on Independence Day, March 26, 2023 by chief guest, the Honorable Mayor of DNCC Mr. Md. Atiqul Islam. Special Assistant to the Honorable Prime Minister Barrister Biplab Barua, Chief Executive Officer of MetLife Bangladesh Mr. Ala Ahmad and Deputy Executive Director of Shakti Foundation Mr. Imran Ahmed were present on the occasion.

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