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World Vision celebrates golden jubilee of operation in Bangladesh

In 1972, World Vision officially opened its offices within the rooms of a Garo-Baptist Church in Birishiri of Netrokona and with that began the journey of World Vision Bangladesh

Update : 24 Jul 2022, 09:31 PM

World Vision, an international development organization dedicated to child welfare, completed fifty years of its operations in Bangladesh in 2021. 

The organization’s national office held its national level celebratory event at a hotel in Dhaka on Sunday, according to a press release. 

Bangladesh National Parliament Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhary attended the event as the chief guest.

Cherian Thomas, regional leader of South Asia Pacific Office of World Vision and Helen Lafave, deputy chief of mission of US Embassy of Bangladesh, were present as special guests. 

The event was presided over by World Vision Bangladesh Senior Director (Operations & Program Quality) Chandan Z Gomes. 

World Vision Bangladesh’s National Director Suresh Bartlett opened the ceremony with his welcoming remarks. 

More than 500 guests, including officials of various government and private institutions, representatives of various embassies and donor organizations, officials of local and international NGOs, teachers and students from different educational institutions and sponsored children of World Vision were present with their parents and guardians. 

The event’s proceedings included the hoisting of the National Flag and World Vision’s flag, the lighting of commemorative candles and the release of balloons to launch the event.  

The event included playing the 50 years’ celebration theme song, a film exhibition of World Vision’s achievements in the past five decades, and music, dance, and cultural programs put on by the sponsored children of World Vision Bangladesh. 

Besides the remarks from the chief guest and special guests congratulating World Vision’s significant milestone, a representative from the organization’s Youth and Child Advisory Council, and a former sponsored child gave their testimonies at the event. 

To mark this occasion, since September 2021, the organization hosted various programs throughout the year. The celebrations took place at the district, upazila and divisional levels of the country.

In the year 1970, when a devastating cyclone hit Bangladesh’s Bhola district, World Vision supported the cyclone-affected people from neighbouring country India. The organisation provided relief and rehabilitation services, amounting to $200,000, to all areas affected by the cyclone including Hatia, Monpura, Sandeep and Bhola.  

The following year, World Vision again arrived in the region, providing aid to the Bangladeshis impacted by the Liberation War. 

In 1972, immediately after the war, at the call of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the organisation came forward again to rebuild a war-torn Bangladesh. 

The same year, World Vision officially opened its offices within the rooms of a Garo-Baptist Church in Birishiri of Netrokona and with that began the journey of World Vision Bangladesh. 

World Vision works with the mission of bringing about positive changes in the lives of the impoverished and the oppressed. 

Adhering to its Christian faith and values, World Vision believes in creating change through words and action in the lives of most vulnerable children to build a more just and peaceful society. 

World Vision puts its highest priorities on education, child protection through public engagement, healthcare access, nutrition, safe water and sanitation services and building livelihood security.

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