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Shapla Neer: Rehabilitating the underprivileged for 50 years in Bangladesh

The international organization contributed in the field of education, human resource development, disaster prevention and rehabilitation

Update : 07 Sep 2022, 05:42 PM

Shapla Neer, a Japan-based international development organization has served Bangladesh since 1972 by rehabilitating underprivileged people. 

On Wednesday, the organization committed to continuing its support for Bangladesh during the celebration of its 50 years of journey.

Ito Naoki, ambassador of the Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh attended the occasion of the golden jubilee as chief guest held in Dhaka on Tuesday. 

“Shapla Neer contributed in the field of education, human resource development, disaster prevention and rehabilitation for 50 years - which is a milestone for such an organization,” he said.

“Shapla Neer has two projects in execution – in three districts of Bangladesh funded by the Japanese government. One supports primary education in Narshingdi and Dinajpur district and the other is rehabilitation project at super cyclone Amphan affected areas,” he further said. 

“These projects are significantly contributing to inclusive and sustainable development,” he added.  

Yuho Hayakawa said: Shapla Neer supported many people in Bangladesh. They started working in Bangladesh a year before JICA aimed for social development by rehabilitating disadvantaged people.”   

Shapla Neer is one of the famous international NGOs in Japan, which sincerely contributed to different sectors in Bangladesh like disaster risk reduction and education.  

According to Shapla Neer, the NGO was established on September 1, 1972, by a group of young and dedicated Japanese volunteers.

They have been in Bangladesh immediately after the independence of the country for participating in the rehabilitation programs of underprivileged people. 

Along with Bangladesh, Shapla Neer is currently working in Nepal and Japan to ensure and establish human rights.

Tapan Kumer Biswas, director of NGO Affairs Bureau and Yuho Hayakawa, chief representative of JICA Bangladesh Office participated in the program as special guests. 

Tomoko Uchiyama, country director of Shapla Neer, delivered opening and concluding remarks at the ceremony. 

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