World Vision (WV) on Friday celebrated fifty years of its journey in Bangladesh amid festivity through various programmes.
To mark the fifty years of operations in Bangladesh, WV planned for celebrations round the year all over the country.
At the event, cultural programmes were held including hoisting of the national and the organisation’s flags with the national anthem, unveiling the theme song and logo for the occasion and other special memorabilia.
In 1970, when a devastating cyclone hit Bangladesh’s Bhola district, World Vision, an international Christian development organisation dedicated to the welfare of children, extend its support to the cyclone-affected people from neighboring country India.
The organisation provided relief and rehabilitation services in Hatia, Monpura, Sandeep and Bhola, all areas affected by the cyclone.
In 1971, the WV again arrived in the region, providing aid to the Bangladeshis impacted by the War of Liberation.
In the midst of the ensuing conflict, WV also supported the government of India distributing food to the refugees sheltering along the border from the war.
Emergency assistance of $ 263,000 was provided for the construction of roads, tube wells and canals. WV also assisted the construction of schools, colleges and medical centres in order to give returning refugees a quick return to a normal life.
The same year, WV officially opened its offices within the rooms of a Garo-Baptist Church in Birishiri of Netrokona and thus began the journey of World Vision Bangladesh.
WV works with the mission of bringing about positive changes in the lives of the impoverished and the oppressed.
WV puts its highest priorities on education, child protection through public engagement, healthcare access, nutrition, safe water and sanitation services and building livelihood security.
These programmes also emphasize on climate protection, urban development, gender equality and inclusion of people with disabilities, disaster management and advocacy.
The director general of the Bureau of NGO Affairs from the Prime Minister’s Office KM Tariqul Islam, was chief guest of the celebrations.
The two-day festival was presided over by Suresh Bartlett, national director of WV Bangladesh, Monju Maria Palma, deputy director of the urban Programme, was the convener of the event.