Bangladesh’s transgender community, called ‘hijra’ has been ignored for decades. In the absence of care and acceptance, people of the hijra community has always been disregarded and demoted. An estimated 10,000 to half a million of Bangladesh’s population belong to the hijra community. Few organizations working for their welfare to ensure their identity, legal rights and better future are trying hard to change the perception of society that hijras are not burden and they do not deserve to be mistreated.
It is estimated that about 1 percent of the world population has autism spectrum disorder. According to a WHO’s report (2009), there are 0.84% of children are suffering from autism spectrum disorders in Bangladesh. Though Bangladesh has a well-developed three tired health care delivery system, the service for autism is not widely available. Only at the upper class of the society has access to address autism properly but the rural and semi-urban areas are lacking proper facilities and services for Autism.
It is estimated that 15 million people in Bangladesh suffer from a variety of mental health illness. Damage occurswhen we misunderstand mental illness — and its gravity. Nowadays, the tendency of committing suicide, violence, anger etc. become severe and frequent among theyounggeneration. The lack of knowledge is one of the major causes not to address this critical issue.
Protibondhi Kollyan Samiti was formed in 2001 in Mymensingh by 9 physically challenged energetic young enthusiastic proponents who think that they are no less than any normal human. Protibondhi Kollayan Samiti provides physical fitness training to especiallychallenged people along with education.
More than one billion people in the world live with some form of disability and among them,80% live in developing countries. These people are also known as the world’s largest marginalized group in terms of obtaining poorer health condition, lower educationalachievement,andfewer economic opportunities. The reason behind this poor fact is mainly lack of services available to them (e.g., information and communication technology, transportation facilities, alternative education, employment opportunity etc.) which causes obstacles in their daily life.
The urge behind the formation of – All for one foundation came from an awful real-life experience. Mira, one of the founding members of All for One Foundation, once visited a remote river island of Bangladesh where she suddenly got her period. She could not find any pharmacy to buy sanitary napkin and thus she was seeking help from local houses.
Selim Reza, a young man born blind in the seaside locality of Patenga in Chittagong, grew up in a society that viewed its people with special needs with very little care, let alone anything special. As he grew up, he knew exactly what it would take to turn the “burdens” into assets.
Supporting People and Rebuilding Community (SPaRC), a social organization transforming the lives of the most vulnerable and voiceless, was founded in 2013. The Rana Plaza collapse, biggest ever industrial disaster in Bangladesh that left more than a thousand workers dead and many injured, spurred some young men and women from the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) to stand beside women who were in vulnerable situations.