Richie Hubbard, C’09, speaks about Basic Needs Program, the NGO he founded as a student

  • on 18 Oct 2012
  • Career & Leadership Development Office

Richie Hubbard, C'09, will be on campus to speak about his Sewanee story, medical school experience, career aspirations and about his NGO, Basic Needs Program. He is also eager to talk with students who might want to intern in Bangladesh next summer.

The Basic Needs Program is a student-led charity dedicated to protecting and promoting the well-being of desperately poor children. Founded in 2007 by two college students, Richard Hubbard and Sohan Rahman, Basic Needs has grown from a simple experiment in human kindness to a not-for-profit organization which has so far reached dozens of children from the slums and villages of Bangladesh. The premise of Basic Needs is simple: all children deserve the chance to succeed. To this end, it seeks to provide educational opportunities, health care, livable housing, clean water, and proper diets – in short, the basic needs of life – to a select group of at-risk children in Bangladesh.

Richie Hubbard was an undergraduate global studies major when a summer research grant took him to Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. While still at Sewanee he created the nonprofit Basic Needs Program to change the lives of children in that area. Hubbard, now a fourth-year medical student at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, received a 2011 American Medical Association Foundation Excellence in Medicine Leadership Award for his work in Bangladesh.