Brief History:

Social Assistance and Rehabilitation for the Physically Vulnerable (SARPV) was established in 1988 by Shahidul Haque, a physically challenged person intent on changing the public perception of people with a disability in Bangladesh. SARPV is one of the first organisations that offered targeted support to people with a disability following natural disasters in Bangladesh. We provided immediate relief to beneficiaries, their families and communities after notable disasters in 1989, 1991, 1997 and most recently after flash flooding in southeast Bangladesh in July 2012. Now, SARPV provides many levels of support to people with a disability in response to disasters as well as in every day life. We are able to do this with the help of our partner organisations, Aide Médicale & Développement (AMD) and Kinesitherapeutes Du Monde (KDM) in France, a large number of local and international non-government organisations, local government bodies in Bangladesh and a network of generous individuals. If you would like to join our network and support the social inclusion of marginalised people in Bangladesh, click here.

Mission Statement: Social Assistance and Rehabilitation for the Physically Vulnerable (SARPV) is a non-profit organization advocating for equal rights and social inclusion for people with a disability in Bangladesh, particularly the underprivileged. We provide medical treatment, primary education, vocational training, emergency financial aid and community support to our beneficiaries, their families and communities to encourage social acceptance, empowerment and independence of people with a disability.

Founders

Mr. Shahidul Haque, Mr. Jamal Abu Naser, Mr. Minhaj Uddin, Mr. Abdur Rahman Shah, Ms. S.M. Ruquiya

BOARD

Advisers

Mr. Tajul Islam ( Bangladesh ), Dr. Sanchay Kumar Chanda ( Bangladesh ), Mr. David Curtis ( United Kingdom )

Executive Board:

  • Ms. Tahmina Rahman : President
  • Mr. M. Shahidul Haque : General Secretary
  • Mr. Minhaj Uddin : Finance Secretary
  • Mr. Abdur Rahman Shah : Information & Research Secretary
  • Mr. Biswanath Sutradhar : Publication Secretary
  • Ms. Jolly Kowser : Women Affairs Secretary
  • Mr. Anamul Haque : Office Secretary

Core Values

  • Equal rights for people with a disability
  • Social acceptance of disability and inclusion of disabled people in mainstream life
  • Sustainable independence of people with a disability through income generating activities, assistive devices and education
  • The acceptance of disability as an issue of social development among all government and non-government organisations

We pledge that every SARPV beneficiary will be entitled to the following:

  • Accessible and hygienic houses and latrines, clean drinking water and access to sunlight, which is important for maintenance of vitamin D levels.
  • A place for safe household waste disposal
  • The plantation of two fruit and wood trees and some herbal plants near the home
  • Poultry and/or livestock to ensure availability of food
  • Accessible and affordable education for children