Structural and Fundraising Support for Friendship’s Education and Entrepreneurship Programs

Partner: Friendship
Country: Bangladesh
Start date: 01/07/2015
Project type: Sustainability
Project reach: 20,840 direct beneficiaries

Friendship works together with vulnerable people in remote communities in Bangladesh to help them transform their lives. GSRD Foundation’s support to Friendship dates back to 2011. Since 2015, the GSRD Foundation has been providing structural support for Friendship’s work.

Friendship aims to sustain and replicate an integrated-development model that is geared towards empowering communities in Bangladesh. It believes that, while a single element of support might solve a temporary problem created by a breakdown in one or another system, it is unlikely to provide the community involved with a solution that is sustainable over the long term. To ensure this sustainability, Friendship uses a holistic approach that involves support in six areas: health, education, inclusive citizenship, disaster management and adaptation to climate change, sustainable economic development, and cultural preservation.

The GSRD Foundation supports Friendship’s Education and Sustainable Economic Development programs. Together we provide primary and secondary education to children in the most remote areas of Bangladesh. We also help vulnerable women to develop skills, and offer them training and job opportunities. We also offer technical training and advice to farmers and fishermen so they can improve their production and yields and thus generate more income.

Friendship is a value-based organization founded in Bangladesh in 2002 that works together with vulnerable people in remote communities in Bangladesh to help them transform their lives. They run primary and secondary healthcare programs as well as education, income generation, relief and rehabilitation programs, and most recently, an innovative risk sharing loans that includes insurance and savings schemes and governance projects for empowerment. Friendship deeply believes that “the poor cannot afford poor solutions” and thus bases the organisation on the values of integrity, dignity, empathy, quality and hope. Read more about Friendship.