CREDIT AND DEVELOPMENT FORUM(CDF)
Our HistoryOrganization for the Poor Community Advancement (OPCA) is a local voluntary, non-profitable, non-political and development organization in Bangladesh. It is located in naturally most resourceful and beautiful place, Mirsarai Upazila under Chittagong district. Sometimes unexpected natural disaster such as cyclone, heavy rainfall, tidal surge and flash flood interrupts normal civic life damaging houses, crops and livestock’s of the lower income people and compel them to lead a miserable life. Considering the predicament of the people caused by cyclone and devastating tidal surge of 1991, Mr. Alamgir, a native of Mirsarai Upazila was shocked and thought seriously how to help the ill-fated poor people and mitigate their sufferings. He convened a meeting, inviting the energetic youths of the locality and expressed his willingness to form a local organization to redress the miseries of these poor. He also opined 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.
Our PhilosophyOPCA 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 capacity building of these people could play a vital role in building up a nation. Indeed, it is very difficult to streamline the neglected and treated as burden populace into development stream, nevertheless, 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 be turned into asset rather than liability and change their destiny.
Micro-Finance and Micro-Enterprise, Stop Violence Against Women (Gender), Wash, Livelihood, Climate Change and Disaster response, Health and Nutrition, Education, Rights and good Governance, Agriculture and Marketing, Disability.
Adibashi (ethnic minority), Fishermen, Rohingya Community People, People with Disabled and Children, Coastal community, GBV, SRH, Marginal Farmers, Women headed family, Children and Adolescents, Beggars, Tea garden labors, Transport and Garment Workers specially women.
OPCA is working in Chittagong region (Officially known as Chattogram, the southeastern area of Bangladesh.) i.e. Chittagong, Cox’s Bazaar, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Chandpur and Brahmanbaria district.
OPCA envision poverty free Bangladesh where people live with dignity and enjoy their rights.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
To establish rights of marginalized and disadvantaged people especially the Children, Rohingya Community, Peoples with disability, Adibashi (Tribal), Adolescent Girls and Women for reducing all sorts discrimination in society.
To improve livelihood of the Poor and Hard-Core Poor people including Adibashi (Tribal Community) through income generating activities (IGA) and skills development training.
To ensure people’s participation for their own development, promote community- led process for their sustainable development through resource mobilization, linking with service providers including the government agencies.
To facilitate and transfer appropriate technical know-how for sustainable community development.
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 has the affiliation and collaboration with a number of organizations. It has got registration with the following departments and institutions.
OPCA has Networking Membership with a number of organizations.
FEDERATION OF NGOS IN BANGLADESH(FNB)
FORUM FOR AGRICULTURE MOVEMENT(FORAM)
BANGLADESH SHISHU ADHIKAR FORUMBSAF
COMMUNITY APPROACH HANDICAPPED IN DEVELOPMENT(CAHD)
ASSOCIATION FOR DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES IN BANGLADESH (ADAB)
NATIONAL FORUM OF ORGANIZATION WORKING WITH DISABLED(NFOWD)
INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF ALTERNATIVE FINANCIAL INSTITUTION (INAFI)