In the Bangladesh, the Chittagong Hill Tracts is the different part of the country and where the indigenous and tribal people are majority and inhabitant since 16th century. The uniqueness of the region was surrounded by forests, lake, hilly terrains, and mountains and has got a new dimension their culture and ethnic diversity.
Eleven different indigenous and tribal ethnic groups live in this region since 16th century that most are Buddhist. The people of this region have long deprived from the basic needs and appropriate development and human rights is absence. The total situation was exacerbated by political unrest, armed conflicts, race conflict, land occupation; abduction; displacement and people transmigration were regular incident happened in these region that you can find from internet world if you just search out.
On 2nd December 1997 has been a peace accord agreed between the Parbatya Chattagong Hill Tracts Janna Sanhati Samity (PCJSS) and the Government of Bangladesh. Because of this, the situation became favorable for reconstruction for development in this region and NGOs activities taking into account the demand of the local people.
In 1982, in lead of a Noble Monk namely Ven. U Khemachara Mahathero with some well-wisher to this charity organization was founded and the name was given “Bangalhalia Agapara Buddhist Welfare Orphanage” (BABWO).
Why it has to found? Ven. U Khemachara Mahathero, while he returns homeland from studying in Myanmar (Burma) in 1979 he saw the struck by the poverty affliction of the people where he lives. Once day, aimed to send two poor children, he went to a big orphanage in Chittagong but without accepted to his requested has demonstrated negligent, disorder and he had to sleep a night on the ground floor in that orphanage.
He though and questioned to himself that why I have to relying on others, can’t I create an orphanage in my village? This is how the idea comes to him of creating an orphanage himself in order to provide better services for orphan and helpless children in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
He set up this orphanage for poor student in his home village in 1982. While him setting up this orphanage he did not have any resource to work with and did not receive any support from the Government of the Bangladesh and out of Bangladesh because of was out of communication network.
Just three years ago the people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts entered into the mobile network. He comes run this orphanage with little support of his villagers and cultivation the vegetable and rice in his parent possessed lands.
At the beginning there were 5 students and gradually increased the number of students. At first, it was difficult to provide them with foods, cloths and education stationery and preservation this orphanage therefore he has to sold some gold in taken lend from his mother in given word of reimburse after getting enough but unfortunately he is still unable to reimburse to his mother.
Only in 1990 did the local government of Bangladesh begin to provide some assistance to this charity organization and some national and international charity organization too. But present direct and indirectly more than 120 orphan and disadvantage children are getting opportunities from this organization.
Organization name: Bangalhalia Agapara Buddhist Welfare Orphanage (BABWO)
Type of organization: A charity, non-profit child development organization.
Year incorporated: No. is Ranga-26/1988. Registered dated was
Vision: The disadvantaged children and community have to achieve their basic rights and be able to contribute their well-being in their family, community and country.
Purpose/Mission: Help the children living in dire poverty. Through the generosity of contributors, we provide needy children with a variety of programs and services to meet their basic needs and enhance their self-esteem; raise their physical and educational levels in a meaningful, lasting way and other needy people in collaborating with benevolent organizations in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
Who we serve: Currently, BABWO provides services to the orphans, destitute and disadvantage children and their families.
Geographical area: Chittagong Hill Tracts area,
Ven. U Khemachara Mahathero,
Founder President, BABWO
Abbot, Nai Kyauk Buddha Vihara,
College & High School, Managing Committe, Bangalhalia
Parbatya Bhikkhu Parishad (Supreme Sangha Council, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh)
Mong Mong Thun Marma
Volunteer Charity Adviser & Overseas Coordinator,
FLP ID No. 880000033404
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