Note from the Executive Director
As I present the SAP-Bangladesh Annual Report for the year 2013-2014, I am happy to report that the organization has just stepped into the fourth decade of its being as a development entity. We have also attained considerable measure of respectability in the development circle.
Besides, over the past thirty years SAP-Bangladesh has grown and also matured as an organization. It has developed expertise and the social sensibility to understand the dynamics of working with disadvantaged sections of the society. I am tempted to mention that from the beginning,
our projects and programs have been creative and vigorous, touching the lives of our beneficiaries. Many of the programs and projects described in the pages of this report have brought meaningful changes in the lives of those with whom we work. This gives us satisfaction.
In the reporting year 2013-2014, SAP-Bangladesh implemented 15 projects/ programs such as Nobo Jibon, Social and Economic Transformation of the Ultra-Poor (SETU-II) Project, Enhancing Resources and Increasing Capabilities of Poor Household towards Elimination of their Poverty (ENRICH) Program, Participatory Learning Improvement (PLI) Project, Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation: Build Safe and Resilient Community Project,
Education & Health Program for Disadvantage Children in Bangladesh, Community Led Health (CLH) Project, Adolescent Sexual & Reproductive Health Rights (ASRHR) Project, WASHplus Project, Mahasen Early Recovery Project, Education Focused Recovery Project, Emergency House Reconstruction Project, Development Program for Disadvantaged Poor (DPDP) Project (LRP-32), Promoting Rights for Char Dwellers (PRCD) Project (LRP-40), and Microfinance Program addressing most of the current strategic issues of the organization.
During 2013-2014, SAP-Bangladesh started the implementation of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in South-Western Bangladesh (WASHplus) Project in Galachipa Upazila of Patuakhali District facing a lot of challenges due to change of working area and targets to avoid overlapping. It was really challenging to install a huge number of hand deep tube-wells and construct sanitary latrines by the local contractors. The organization also implemented Mahasen Early Recovery Project within a very short time facing a number of challenges due to innovative nature of interventions such as transfer of financial benefits to the project participants through bKash which was a transparent and learning initiative for SAP-Bangladesh.
I must extend my thanks and gratitude to the National Executive Committee (NEC) members for their prompt decisions and supports. Special thanks are also in order for all government officials, LGI representatives, NGO Affairs Bureau, the targeted community and stakeholders at all levels for their continuous support. I am amazed to see the extraordinary talent of our program beneficiaries for their survival Mechanism. I commend the members of the SAP-Bangladesh team both at the field and Head office for their hard work and dedication.
Finally, I deeply believe in the inherent strengths of our organization and our collective aim must remain intact to promote and safeguard the interest of our innumerable beneficiaries across the country.
Syed Nurul AlamExecutive Director