World Vision Bangladesh celebrated its completion of 50 years of operations and success in the country with its former sponsored children on Saturday.
Hundreds of former sponsored children from different corners of the country joined the event to pledge unity and connection to World Vision and each other through a shared platform.
The event, titled ‘Sponsorship for Transformation’, was held in the capital where the former sponsored children and key members of senior management at World Vision Bangladesh gathered for the celebrations.
Sagor Marandy, Director of Operations, welcomed the guests and shared the objectives of the event. Boniface Montu Rozario, Sponsorship Director shared about sponsorship program in Bangladesh and the strategy of engaging the former sponsored children in development initiatives so that they can support vulnerable children the same way they were supported in their childhood. The event ended with concluding remarks from Chandan Z Gomes, Senior Director of Operations and Programme Quality. In his remarks, Mr. Gomes shared special moments from World Vision Bangladesh’s development journey, success and impact from the last fifty years. He also provided a roadmap of future directives to the former sponsored children aimed towards the wellbeing of the country’s current vulnerable children. Shabnam Jahan Shila, MP was present in the event as chief guest.
World Vision is world’s biggest child focused sponsorship organization and operates its programme in an effective and holistic way of helping children from the most vulnerable communities run towards a brighter future.
Child sponsorship enables an inspirational, heart-felt connection between a sponsor and a child, creating life-enriching experiences for both. Child sponsorship programme began in Bangladesh in 1973 with just a handful of children in Durgapur (currently Netrakona) in Mymensingh.
Over the last fifty years, millions of children have been enrolled in the sponsorship programme as registered children (RC). Many former RCs are now thriving with established careers in a variety of sectors. They are serving the country working in government, non-government and private sectors.