History of Establishment:
The acronym of “OPCA” stands for ‘Organization for the Poor Community Advancement.’ OPCA is a local voluntary, non-profitable, non-political development organization in Bangladesh. It works mainly in Mirsarai Upazilas and other Upazilas of Chittagong district. It is in reality a disaster prone area. Sometimes the unexpected natural disaster such as Cyclone, Heavy Rainfall, Tidal Surge and Flash Flood interrupt normal civic life; damage Houses, Crops, and Cattle that cause lowering income and compel the poor people to lead a miserable life. Considering the plight of the poor people and observing the devastating Tidal Surge and Cyclone of 1991, Mr. Alamgir, an inhabitant of Mirsarai thought seriously how to help the poor and mitigate their suffering. He invited the youths of the locality and expressed his willingness to form a local organization to redress the miseries of these ill-fated people. Then a group of active youths came forward and joined hands with Mr. Alamgir and formed this organization. The self-less dedication, efforts and indomitable courage of these young spirits is the outcome of present OPCA and thus OPCA came into being in Mirsarai on November 14, 1992.
OPCA believes that people are the strength and resource of a country. They are the makers of their own fortune. OPCA also believes that through education, training, organizing and capacitizing these people could play a vital role in building up a nation. But in fact, it is very difficult to streamline this populace who are regarded as burden into development stream. Yet our efforts and endeavor will not come to an end. OPCA aspires that if we could support them, evoke their intrinsic qualities, help in building up their capacity, finding out the avenues and tapping the resources; they would undoubtedly turn into an asset rather than liability and change their destiny.
OPCA has the affiliation and collaboration with a number of organizations. It has got registration with the following departments and institutions.
|Sl. #||Registration Authority||Regn. Number||Date of Regn.|
|01||Directorate of Social Welfare||1846||April 27, 1994|
|02||Directorate of Youth & Development||78||January 18, 1997|
|03||NGO Affairs Bureau||FDR-1850||June 30, 2003|
|04||Microcredit Regulatory Authority (MRA)||01620-02596-00314||July 29, 2008|
Livelihood, Climate Change and Disaster response, Health and Nutrition, Education, Rights and good Governance, Agriculture and Marketing, Disability and Micro-Credit.
Adibashi (ethnic minority), Fishermen, Disabled People and Children, Coastal community, Marginal Farmers, Women, Children and Adolescents, Beggars, Tea garden labors, Transport and Garment Workers.
Of late, OPCA is working in Mirsarai, Sitakunda, Fatikchati and Hathazari Upazila of Chittagong District and Ramgarh Upazila of Khagrachari Hill District. In addition to the current program operational area, OPCA has intended to expand its program operations in Coastal and Char area, greater Chittagong Hill Tracts and Tea Gardens of Chittagong District over the next 5 years.
Members of Executive Body:
The following Executive Committee members have been selected by the General Body members. This body has been approved by the Department of Social Welfare, Government of Bangladesh for a term of 3 years and has got validity till February 2018. The brief profiles of the Executive Body members are given below:
|Designation & Qualification||
|Principal Kazi Aminul Islam
Radian College of Medical Technology
70-71 Shahid Tajuddin Ahamed Sarani, Mohakhali, Dhaka.
Mobile No. 01199271590
Dr. Anwara Begum (Shelly)
|National Coordinator, Bangladesh
MFF Secretariat, IUCN Bangladesh Country Office, House # 16, Road # 2/3, Banani, Dhaka-1213
Mobile No. 01711406651
Executive Director, OPCA
12, High Level Road
Lalkhan Bazaar, Chittagong
Mobile No. 01819617560
|Mrs. Bertha Gity Baroi
CORR-THE JUTE WORKS
House #27, Road # 119
Block CES (B)
Mobile No. 01730024060
|Mr. Santosh Kumar Bhoumik
Mobile No. 04430009058
M. Shah Alam Chowdury Degree College, Rangunia, Chittagong
Mobile No. 01817713251
|Ms. Bilkis Akter
B. Sc. B.Ed
Mirsarai Girls High School, Mirsarai Chittagong
Mobile No. 01830097577
Poverty free Bangladesh where people live with dignity and enjoy their rights.
Strengthen capacity of the neglected community particularly of Hilly Adibashi, Coastal people and Tea Garden labors so that they are organized, have their rights and improve their livelihood.
We are responsible for the organization’s physical and behavioral environment.
We are accountable to our community, development partners and to each other.
We are innovative in creating a better future.
We are fair, ethical, transparent and professional.
Objectives of the Organization:
For whom OPCA works:
OPCA works for the people irrespective of Caste, Creed and Sect. But the main focus of OPCA is to improve status of the neglected community especially Adibashi (Tribal), Fishermen, Disabled, Beggars, Tea Garden labors, Transport and Garment workers.
Management of OPCA:
OPCA has a General Body (GB) consisting of 30 members which is the supreme authority of the organization. In addition, there is an Executive Body (EB) of 7 members and they all are elected by the members of General Body and this body is responsible for execution of all programs. All programs of the organization are implemented by a group of dedicated, skilled and experienced staff steered by the Executive Director. The Executive Body is accountable to the Governing Body for failure of any program or any unwanted happening occurred during implementing the program.
OPCA fosters non-directive and non-obligatory but bottom-up and participatory development working strategy for ensuring people’s active and spontaneous participation for their own development. Thus OPCA adopts target group development approach in implementing its program for sustainable development. With the end in view, OPCA firstly, organizes the beneficiaries into homogenous group through awareness raising activities and secondly, it facilitates them for initiating economic activity to generate income and reduce poverty through their active involvement and participation.
OPCA’s Current Programs:
OPCA’s Past Programs:
Current Donors/Partners of OPCA:
Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), Anukul Foundation-MDF, Center for Disability in Development (CDD)/Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF), BRAC International, Concern Worldwide, Directorate of Women Affairs and Ministry of Children and Women.
Past Donors/Partners of OPCA (1992-2011):
CARE-Bangladesh, CIDA, Now Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), DANIDA-RFLDC, Winrock International (USAID/USDA/KATALYST), UCEP-Bangladesh, Grameen Trust/Grameen Bank, Village Education Resource Center (VERC), NGO Forum for Public Health.
* CDF = Credit and Development Forum
* FNB = Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh
* FORAM = Forum for Agriculture Movement
* BASF = Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum
* CAHD = Community Approach Handicapped in Development
* ADAB = Association for Development Agencies in Bangladesh
* NFOWD = National Forum of Organization working with Disabled
OPCA starts its Micro Finance Program in Sonapahar, a remote village of Mirsarai Upazila under Chittagong district for the poor, landless Adibashi and Underprivileged people in 1994. OPCA completed 20 years of its Micro Finance Program in 2014. Most of the beneficiary of OPCA who started Micro Credit gradually graduated to Micro-Enterprises which is a great achievement of OPCA’s Micro Finance Program. Now Micro Finance Program is the mother program of OPCA. The beneficiaries under this program are involved in various income generating activities (IGA) in the rural area such as Agriculture, Fishery, Small Trade, Handicrafts, Cobblery, Black Smithy, Poultry, Dairy etc.
OPCA manages its Micro Finance Program in two ways. Firstly, it organizes groups from the poor community, collects their weekly savings, creates funds and arranges to return their money back with profit. Secondly, for creating local fund, OPCA collects savings from capable person; family, traders etc. and these amounts are given to the poor community as loan by OPCA. The savings are usually return to the members with profit. OPCA aims at creating job opportunities for the poor community. It sanctions loan against its savings on different activities.
OPCA is implementing a program entitled ‘Promoting Rights for Person with Disabilities (PRPD)’. It is a systematic approach to help and rehabilitate People with Disability (PWD) in their respective community by using existing local resources. The activities also ensure effective involvement of community people resulting to the development and full participation of disabled people in all existing activities in the community by which disabled people are turned into an effective contributor to their respective areas.
OPCA has been working for up-lifting the livelihoods of the multicultural people living in the hills and plains under Mirsarai, Fatikchari and Ramgarh Upazila. At the same time OPCA realized that illiteracy is one of the root causes of poverty. Consequently, OPCA felt necessity of working on education and started 10 NFP Schools around its working areas under BRAC Education Support Program from 2003. During the pilot period 600 drop out students have got scope for education and further 300 students are getting benefits under current program. The under-privileged people of the locality accepted the program gladly.
OPCA has undertaken the project to provide primary healthcare facilities to the poor rural people of Mirsarai Upazila under Chittagong district. With the end in view, OPCA has appointed one Paramedic and one Trained Birth Assistant (TBA) for its project operation and they are based in the main centre office. From their base station (Clinic), they are providing their services both medication and healthcare education to targeted program participants especially the expectant and lactating mothers, children of different ages, adolescent girls, children with disability and the older citizen within the periphery of the Clinic. This team is paying regular visit to the satellite clinics established in the adjacent areas and service deprived localities. The patients are given few common medicines almost at free of cost and they are referred and linked to the other government and non-government healthcare centers for better treatment. The Primary Healthcare Project is directed by community people so that they can continue the program by their own initiatives. All stakeholders, service providers, private agencies, local government institutions are helping the project to make it sustainable at community level.
Goal of the Project:
To reduce poverty and social vulnerability of the beggars by bringing them back from their disgraceful profession to socially accepted one through awareness raising, creating savings mentality and establishing them in society, provide the beggars interest free, collateral free loan to support their income generating activities.
Goal of the Project:
To create awareness among the Adibashi Tripura children working with Tea Garden, reduce detrimental child labor and promote basic education through non-formal education.
It is expected that the Adibashi Tripura children would be able to have the three R’s, complete their primary education, exercise their rights and make advocacy and lobby with different stakeholders. The expected outcomes are as follows:
The Vulnerable group Development Program (VGD) is the social safety net program of the Government of Bangladesh. Through this program the ultra poor households are provided monthly food ration including life skills and income generating training skills. Afterwards the VGD participants will be mainstreamed into OPCA’s ongoing development program.
Objectives of the Program:
Most of the people living in rural areas live below poverty level and the women are the most sufferers especially the expectant and lactating mothers as they are not so much aware about ante and post natal precautioneries. As a result, a handful section of them fall into premature death. With the end in view, to help the destitute women, the government has introduced the maternity allowance so that the rate of mortality of pregnant and lactating mother is reduced.
Objectives of the Project:
This project is financed along with technical support provided by PKSF. The objective of the project is to initiate multifaceted approach of development strategy to help the farmers within the periphery of micro finance component as it has been proven that the as single prescriptions are not appropriate and farmers do not have holistic development. With the end in view, PKSF has started this integrated intervention in order to benefit the farmers.
The specific objectives of ENRICH:
This project is financed by Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) with a view to helping the marginal farmers of Korerhat Union of Mirsarai Upazila. Through this program OPCA will implement the following activities in the field:
Capacity building training, Block demonstration, Result demonstration, Technology demonstration, Farmers Field Day, Input Support and Farmers Rally etc.
Capacity building training, Farm Demonstration, Farmers Field Day, Input support, Farmers Rally, Fishery related demonstration etc.
The hilly area of Mirsarai, Fatikchari and Sitakunda Upazilas of Chittagong district has great potentiality of cultivating spices. But the farmers are not aware about its improved production technology and high yielding varieties. Consequently, they get very poor harvest and the farmers get discouraged on spices cultivation. Realizing the consequences, OPCA has undertaken this program to introduce high yielding variety spices (Turmeric, Ginger and Chili) and improved production technology so production is increased and farmers get profit.
Goal of the Project:
To improve productivity and income of the Adibashi Tribal community through introduction of high yielding variety spices and improved production technology.
Objective of the Project:
Necessity of the Program:
Future prospects of the Program:
This project aims at increasing capacity of the staff and beneficiaries so that they could respond to any emergency relief and rehabilitation in the event of any disaster. Through this project, the beneficiaries will be trained and capacitized how to face emergency, disaster risk reduction and relief work ensuring minimum damage.
Activities of the Project:
Regular monitoring of situation and inform the Donor
Ensure participation of all staff especially senior staff in preparedness for Ensuring effective emergency response training and relevant workshops, meetings etc.