Structural support to Friendship Bangladesh

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Friendship aims to sustain and replicate an integrated development model which is geared to empowering communities in Bangladesh. The GSRD Foundation provides structural support for the work of Friendship.

Holistic development, systematic needs-based interventions, effected over an extended period of time in a community, help to ensure the long term sustainability of these communities. Providing only a single element of support, such as improved health services, access to education, relief or disaster preparedness, finance or even drinking water, might solve a temporary problem created by a breakdown in a system, but does not provide a long term sustainable solution for a community.

Friendship works, therefore, in the six areas all communities need to work well if they are to grow holistically and sustainably: Health and nutrition; Relief and rehabilitation, including sanitation and water; Education: academic, ethical and environmental; Sustainable Economic development to ensure that economic growth is sustainable, this is primarily through agriculture and fishing and cottage crafts; Governance and awareness of rights and access to available interventions and lastly, cultural preservation.

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Friendship

Friendship is a value-based organization founded in Bangladesh in 2002  that identifies and reaches out to the poorest and most marginalized communities. Its initial focus is on the Char population and riverbank areas of northern Bangladesh; places where basic healthcare or education was unavailable. Over time it expanded geographically to the coastal belt of Bangladesh and also from providing primary and secondary healthcare to education, income generation, relief and rehabilitation programs, and most recently, an innovative risk sharing loans which includes insurance and savings schemes and governance projects for empowerment. Friendship deeply believes that “the poor cannot afford poor solutions” and thus bases the organisation on the values of integrity, dignity, empathy, quality and hope. Read more about Friendship.

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