It is an inspiring time to be leading Apasen International and our team of staff and partners. The charity was established in June 2013 in response to increasing requests from key stakeholders in the UK and Bangladesh to help the millions of vulnerable children and adults in Bangladesh that are needlessly suffering because of untreated conditions and disabilities such as autism, epilepsy, Down’s syndrome and cerebral palsy.
The scale of the problem is indeed vast – globally over a billion people worldwide are estimated to be living with a disability; 80% of whom are living in developing countries . In Bangladesh, there is a severe lack of medical infrastructure and skilled professionals needed to treat children and adolescents with these kinds of conditions.90% of children with disabilities are out of school or never enrolled – denying them the opportunity to escape a lifetime of poverty.
During our first year, we have been working hard to detail our strategic priorities, identify funding opportunities, and develop our flagship projects in consultation and partnership with local communities and wider stakeholders.
We were able to draw on our sister organisation’s thirty years of experience delivering health and social care service contracts for local governmentin the UK and transform this into realistic and achievable projects in Bangladesh.
We are now entering a new exciting phase where real activities in health, education, and livelihoods are starting to be delivered on the ground in key divisions such as Dhaka and Sylhet – and where the most vulnerable and marginalised are starting to see genuine improvements in their lives.
If you share our vision for a just and equal Bangladesh, where children and adults with disabilities can live with dignity and have a good quality of life, then please help us by making a donation. We look forward to your support.