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Founder of OPCA

Name : Md Alamgri
Date of Birth 2/2/1971
Education Qualification : MSS (Political Science)
Father Name : Late Shofi Ullah
Mother Name : Mrs Jorina Begum
Wife : Nusrat Jahan Koli
Daughter : Israt jahan Akila
Son : Md. Ahnaf Abrar Abir
Village : Hajisshorai
Post : Jorargonj
Thana : Jorargonj
Upazila : Mirsarai
Dist : Chittagong

Networking Membership

• CDF = Credit and Development Forum

• FNB = Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh

• 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

Legal Affiliation:

OPCA has got the affiliation and collaboration with a number of organizations. It has got registration with the following departments and institutions.

Sl. # Registration Authority Registration Number Date of Registration
01. Directorate of Social Welfare 1846 July 27, 1994
02. Microcredit Regulatory Authority (MRA) 01620-02596-00314 July 29, 2008
03. NGO Affairs Bureau FDR-1850 June 30, 2003
04. Directorate of Youth and Development 78 Janu.18, 1997

Members of the General Body (GB):

1.
Principal Kazi Aminul Islam
Shaptak Janani, Flat # A-2, 35 Indira Road, Farmgate, Tejgaon, Dhaka-
Cell phone No. 01199271590
2
Md. Alamgir
12, High Level Road, Lalkhan Bazaar, Chittagong
Cell phone No. 01819617560
3
Ms. Bertha Gity Baroi
House # 2, Flat # 102, NAM Bhaban, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka-
Tel. No. 01730024060
4
Md. Alauddin
276 Islam Mansion, Chand Mia Sowdagar Road, Bahaddarhat, Chittagong
Cell phone No. 01817713251
5
Ms. Bilkis Akter
Taranga Bhaban, Stedium, Mirsarai, Chittagong
Cell phone No. 01830097577
6
Kamal Uddin Chowdhury
Vill. Naherpur, P.O. Mohajanhat, Mirsarai, Chittagong
7
Ms. Nurunnahar Begum
Vill. North Haziswarai, P.O. Zorarganj, Mirsarai, Chittagong
8
Md. Monowar Hossain
Vill. Sonapahar, Mirsarai, Chittagong
9
Md. Didarul Alam
Vill. Nandanpur, P.O. Zorargonj, Mirsarai, Chittagong
10
Mr. Narendra Kumar Bhowmik
Halda Tower, House # 27, Flat # 10/A, Road # 5, Nasirabad Housing Society, Chittagong
11
Md. Rezaul Karim
Vill. West Mayani, Abutorab, Mirsarai, Chittagong
12
Ms. Irin Sultana
Vill. Sonapahar, Mirsarai, Chittagong
13
Ms. Khamuna Akter Chapa
Vill. North Haziswarai,
P.O. Zorarganj, Mirsarai, Chittagong
14
Ms. Taslimer Jahan
Vill. North Haziswarai,
P.O. Zorarganj, Mirsarai, Chittagong
15
Mr. Ali Haider Chowdhury
Vill. Naherpur, P.O. Mohajanhat, Mirsarai, Chittagong
16
Ms. Nusrat Jahan
Vill. North Haziswarai,
P.O. Zorarganj, Mirsarai, Chittagong
17
Md. Foiz Ahmed Nizami
Vill. Katachara, P.O. Banganur, Mirsarai, Chittagong
18
Mr. Kabir Ahmed
Vill. East Durgapur, P.O. Vordwajhat, Mirsarai, Chittagong
19
Md. Naimul Hassan
Vill. Haziswarai, Mirsarai, Chittagong
20
Kazi Mohammad Siddique Ullah
High Level Road, Lalkhan Bazaar, Chittagong
21
Ms. Anwara Begum
House # 29, Road # 10, Nikunja-2, Dhaka
22
Mr. Rafiqul Islam Majumder
Vill. West Debpur, Chandgazi, Chagalnaiya, Feni
23
Adv. Mozammel Hoque
Vill. Haziswarai, Mirsarai, Chittagong
24
Ms. Khaleda Bari
Vill. Sonapahar, Mirsarai, Chittagong
25
Mr. Deb Dulal Bhowmik
Vill.+ P.O. Malaish, Mirsarai, Chittagong
26
Md. Shafique Ahmed Bhuiyan
Vill. South Bhabapur, Darogarhat, Chagalnaiya, Feni
27
Md. Abdul Kader
Vill. Sonapahar, Zorarganj, Mirsarai, Chittagong
28
Ms. Hasina Akter
Vill. North Haziswarai,
P.O. Zorarganj, Mirsarai, Chittagong
29
Ms. Kamrunnahar
Hazi Rohan Uddin Master Bari
Mirsarai, Chittagong
30
Ms. Rehana Akter
Middle Muradpur, Malaish, Mirsarai, Chittagong

• 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 2017.

• The brief profiles of the Executive Body members are given below:
01.
Principal Kazi Aminul Islam
President
M. Sc.
35, Indira Road
Flat 8-B, Farm Gate
Tejgaon, Dhaka. Mobile No.- 01199271590

02.
Dr. Anwara Begum (Shelly)
Vice-President
Ph.D.
National Coordinator Bangladesh
MFF Secretariat, IUCN Bangladesh,
Country Office, House # 16, Road # 2/3, Banani,
Dhaka-1213 Mobile No. -01711406651
E-mail: anwara.begum@iucn.org
03.
Md. Alamgir
Secretary-General
MSS
Executive Director, OPCA
12, High Level Road, Lalkhan Bazaar, Chittagong, Mobile No. – 01819617560
E-mail: opca92@gmail.com
opca1992@yahoo.com
04.
Mrs. Bertha Gity Baroi
Joint Secretary
MBA
Director
CORR-THE JUTE WORKS
House #27, Road # 119, Block CES (B)
Gulshan, Dhaka -1212, Mobile No.- 01730024060, E-mail: mail@cjwbd.com

05.
Mr. Santosh Kumar Bhowmik
Treasurer
MBA
Manager Operation and SEO
Bank Asia, Patherhat Branch
Ibrahim Soban Tower (1st Floor)
Patherhat, Noapara, Roazan, Chittagong
Mobile No.- 04430009058
E-mail: santos.kumar@bankasia-bd.com

06.
Md. Alauddin
Member
MSS
Professor
M. Shah Alam Chowdury Degree College, Rangunia, Chittagong, Mobile No. -01817713251

07.
Ms. Bilkis Akter
Member
B. Sc., B. Ed
Senior Teacher
Mirsarai Girls High School, Mirsarai Chittagong
Mobile No. – 01830097577

Past Donors/Partners of OPCA (1992-2015):

• CARE-Bangladesh, CIDA (Now Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development), DANIDA-RFLDC, Winrock International (USAID/USDA/KATALYST), UCEP-Bangladesh, Grameen Trust/Grameen Bank, Village Education Resource Center (VERC), NGO Forum for Public Health.

Present Donors/Partners of OPCA:

• Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), Anukul Foundation-MDF, Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), Center for Disability in Development (CDD)/Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF), BRAC International and Concern Worldwide.

Vision & Mission

Vision:
Poverty-free Bangladesh where people live with dignity and enjoy their rights.

Mission:
Strengthen capacity of the neglected community particularly of Hilly Adibashi, Urban Poor People, Coastal people and Tea Garden labors so that they are organized, have their rights and improve their livelihood.

Core Values:

Stewardship
We are responsible for the organization’s physical and behavioral environment.

Accountability
We are accountable to our community, development partners and to each other.

Innovation
We are innovative in creating a better future.

Integrity
We are fair, ethical, transparent and professional.

Aims and Objectives of the Organization:

1. To establish rights of marginalized and disadvantaged people especially of Children, Disabled, Adibashi, Adolescent Girls and Women towards reducing all sorts discrimination in society.

2. To improve livelihood of the Poor and Hard-Core Poor people including Adibashi (Tribal Community) through income generating activities (IGA) and skills development training utilizing their creativity.

3. To ensure people’s participation for their own development, so that they could continue community-led process for their sustainable development through resource mobilization, linking with service providers including the government agencies.

4. To facilitate and transfer appropriate technical know-how for sustainable community development.

Strategic Objectives:
• Innovative programming
• Strengthening funding base
• Organizational excellence
• Promote visibility of the organization
• Community participation in program planning and implementation

For whom OPCA works:
OPCA works for the people irrespective of Caste, Creed, Sect and Gender. 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 etc.
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 the 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.

Major Focus:
Micro-Finance and Micro-Enterprise, Water and Sanitation, Livelihood, Climate Change and Disaster response, Health and Nutrition, Education, Rights and good Governance, Agriculture and Marketing, Disability.

Target Group:
Adibashi (ethnic minority), Fishermen, Person with Disablity, Coastal community, Marginal Farmers, Women, Children and Adolescents, Beggars, Tea garden labors, Transport and Garment Workers.

Working Strategy:
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.

History of Establishment:

The acronym of OPCA stands for ‘Organization for the Poor Community Advancement’. OPCA is a local voluntary, non-profitable, non-political and development organization in Bangladesh. It is located in Mirsarai Chittagong which is naturally most resourceful and beautiful place. Sometimes unexpected natural disaster such as cyclone, heavy rainfall, tidal surge and flash flood interrupts normal civic life damaging houses, crops and cattle that cause lowering income and compel the poor people to lead a miserable life.

Considering the plight of the people and observing the devastating tidal surge of 1991, Mr. Alamgir, a native of Mirsarai Upazila thought seriously how to help the poor and mitigate their sufferings. He convened a meeting, invited the energetic youths of the locality and expressed his willingness to form a local organization to redress the miseries of these luckless poor. He also expressed his opinion that it is the prime responsibility of the young generation to serve the humanity. Then a group of young active and enthusiastic youth came forward and joined hands with Mr. Alamgir and formed an organization. The self-less dedication, efforts and indomitable courage is the outcome of present OPCA and thus OPCA came into being on November 14, 1992.

OPCA’s Philosophy:
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.

The acronym of OPCA stands for ‘Organization for the Poor Community Advancement’. OPCA is a local voluntary, non-profitable, non-political and development organization in Bangladesh. It is located in Mirsarai Chittagong which is naturally most resourceful and beautiful place. Sometimes unexpected natural disaster such as cyclone, heavy rainfall, tidal surge and flash flood interrupts normal civic life damaging houses, crops and cattle that cause lowering income and compel the poor people to lead a miserable life.

Considering the plight of the people and observing the devastating tidal surge of 1991, Mr. Alamgir, a native of Mirsarai Upazila thought seriously how to help the poor and mitigate their sufferings. He convened a meeting, invited the energetic youths of the locality and expressed his willingness to form a local organization to redress the miseries of these luckless poor. He also expressed his opinion that it is the prime responsibility of the young generation to serve the humanity. Then a group of young active and enthusiastic youth came forward and joined hands with Mr. Alamgir and formed an organization. The self-less dedication, efforts and indomitable courage is the outcome of present OPCA and thus OPCA came into being on November 14, 1992.

OPCA’s Philosophy:
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.

Legal Affiliation:
OPCA has got the affiliation and collaboration with a number of organizations. It has got registration with the following departments and institutions.

Sl. # Registration Authority Registration Number Date of Registration
01. Directorate of Social Welfare 1846 July 27, 1994
02. Microcredit Regulatory Authority (MRA) 01620-02596-00314 July 29, 2008
03. NGO Affairs Bureau FDR-1850 June 30, 2003
04. Directorate of Youth and Development 78 Janu.18, 1997