Muslim Aid is a UK based relief and development agency established in 1985 and working in over 70 countries with country offices in Bangladesh, Bosnia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Iraq, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, Sri Lanka, and Sudan. Muslim Aid’s Bangladesh Office is active in 1991 following a devastating cyclone in the coastal areas. It is registered with NGO Affairs Bureau of Bangladesh Government (FD-552). Muslim Aid works for the distressed and needy communities irrespective of gender, religion, ethnicity, casts, creed, etc.
Currently, the country office of Muslim Aid Bangladesh is in Dhaka. There are some temporary site offices in different parts of the country opened on the basis of needs. There are partner NGOs as well. It covers most of the districts of Bangladesh with its projects and programmes. In 2016 it covered 168 Upazilas in 54 districts of the country.
Muslim Aid is registered in Bangladesh under the Foreign Registration Ordinance No. 46, 1978 with the NGO Affairs Bureau. Reg # 552.Programmes and institutes are registered/affiliated with Social Welfare Department, BTEB, Joint Stock Company under Society Act, MRA and Directorate of Health Services. Muslim Aid ensuring sectoral services to fulfil the pledge of Bangladesh Government in Vision 2021 and SDG.
1. Humanitarian program
MABFO responded to all major disasters in the country including the cyclones Sidr, Aila, Mohasen, Roanu, and floods in 1998, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015, floods in haor in 2010 and 2017 and waterlog during 2012-15. It also responded to Rana plaza collapse, landslides, fire incidents, cold wave, etc. The organization concentrated mostly to the worst affected communities of Kurigram, Bogra, Satkhira, Patuakhali, Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Bhola, Bagerhat, Satkhira and Sirajgonj districts. In 2016 it covered 133,000 people of the affected communities directly as well as through partnership.
2. Healthcare for mother and children
MABFO has four community hospitals in Pabna, Pirojpur and Kulaura. Every year it has been providing healthcare services to around 100,000 patients, mostly mother and children, and significant portion of whom receive treatment free of cost.
3. Water Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) program
Every year Muslim Aid has been installing more than 1000 tubewells & developing water and sanitation facilities in communities and institutions. Muslim Aid considers women’s access and control over water use during its selection.
4. Technical & Vocational Education & Training program
Muslim Aid’s five TVET centers are in Dhaka, Jessore, Chittagong and Rangpur by the name of Muslim Aid Institute of Technology (MAIT) where from every year 4000 youths receive skills training on short courses (six months) in 15 trade courses as per curriculum of Bangladesh Technical Education Bard (BTEB). Besides around 500 students get enrolled in 4-year Diploma Engineering courses. It provides stipend to its students and some are fully sponsored courses. It has partnership at present with STEP of World Bank, ILO, BGMEA and so on.
5. School Feeding Programme (SFP)
Muslim Aid has been implementing the programme SFP since 2010 in partnership with WFP in poverty prone areas of Bangladesh, mainly in Cox’s Bazar district. Under the programme everyday 68,000 students of 268 primary schools run by NGO and Bangladesh Government receive High Energy Biscuits (HEB) of 75gm pack each.
6. Sponsorship and Stipend for Education program
Every year MABFO is providing sponsorship for education to around 500 students, more than 50% of them are female. Poor meritorious students including orphans and disabled are getting the stipend. Every year MABFO is providing stipend for education purpose to more than 300 meritorious students who are from poor families of all over the country and who are studying in schools, colleges, universities and medical institutes.
7. Food Aid and wellbeing program
The objective of the programme is to help the poor and needy communities of Bangladesh. In 2017 MABFO covered 60,000 people who are from poor and deserving families covering mostly the women including widow, PWD, elderly, PLW (Pregnant and Lactating Women) and children.