Apasen International’s Board of Trustees has published the charity’s annual report and accounts for 2015-2016.
The charity has made good progress towards its strategic priorities in the last twelve months especially in opening free quality health and education services for poor under-served communities and building capacity in the health and social care sector in Bangladesh.
Chairperson, Helal Rahman, spoke for all the trustees when he said:
“We are truly grateful to our partners, funders, and volunteers that have helped make the last year such a success. We are particularly proud of our flagship project with BRAC that has opened day care centres in Dhaka and Sylhet providing specialised primary education and treatment therapies to vulnerable children with learning disabilities. We have shown that a little funding can go a long way and we look forward to continuing this growth and helping more children in need.”
Annual income increased by more than 70% on the previous year reflecting a steady rise in public donations as well as in-kind contributions from its sister organisation, Apasen, in the form of donated office facilities and specialist trainers.
Key highlights from 2015/2016 included:
- Raising funds and establishing and expanding two neurodevelopmental disabilities centres in Sylhet and Dhaka benefiting at least 40 families urgently in need of day care facilities to improve health and learning;
- Delivering high quality training workshops for health and social care specialists to more than 100 participants from fifteen different organisations including doctors, teachers, carers, physiotherapists, parents and other direct providers of care;
- Supporting public awareness activities such as national sports days, cultural events, and community leaders workshops, that reached and influenced thousands of people in rural and urban communities across Bangladesh to challenge social stigma and discrimination; and
- Co-hosting with BRAC a high level national seminar to promote the need for greater inclusion of people with disabilities in society and engaging with Ministry of Social Welfare and relevant authorities on the needs of children with learning disabilities/other special needs.
The trustees will continue to support staff and volunteers in the coming months in fundraising for future projects, ensuring robust oversight of projects in Bangladesh, and promoting the rights and needs of people with disabilities both in the UK and internationally.
You can view the full report by downloading it here.
Apasen International was established in 2013 in response to the desperate need for specialist services for people with learning disabilities, autism, and other special needs in Bangladesh. The charity draws on the considerable expertise of its sister organisation in the UK, Apasen, which has decades of experience in providing health and social care in London to mainly low income households.
Photo: A child enjoys a play activity at the day care centre in Sylhet established by Apasen International and operated by our local partner, BRAC. Credit: Sumon Yusuf/Apasen International