Other social infrastructure and services

Preserving Equal Citizenship in Pakistan

The project “Preserving Equal Citizenship in Pakistan" focuses on encouraging the formulation and adoption of a strategy on religious tolerance and its large-scale acceptance among youth in Pakistan. The project is co-financed by EuropeAid, ADC and HOPE’87.

Umeed-e- Noor, skills training for handicapped people

This project was started in June 2009 and successfully ended in May 2011. The main aim of the project was to increase the educational and economic opportunities for people who have physical and mental disabilities. This skills training centre for handicapped people improved the chances for employment and income generation opportunities for youth with special needs. The project trained 169 men/women with various disabilities.

Capacity building for youth organization representatives

With a goal to strengthen the capacity of youth and youth organizations, the following workshops were organized by HOPE’87-Bangladesh:

* “Divisional Workshop on Review of the National Youth Policy”: held in the Barisal Division in cooperation with the Department of Youth Development; this workshop gave special attention to the review of the National Youth Policy of Bangladesh which was endorsed in 2003. 45 representatives from different youth organisations attended the event.

Technical / vocational training for employment of disadvantaged urban youth

The project provides practical training in welding, electrical house wiring, car driving, tailoring and computer skills to 482 unemployed youths and students. The project funds will cover the running costs and trainers’ salary of the Training Centre, which was set up with the financial support of the European Commission and the Austrian Government in the year 2001. Necessary training equipment, machinery and furniture will be provided by HOPE’87 from its ongoing project “Hope Technical Training Centre in Old Dhaka”.

Children's drawing competition

The pupils of the “Ralf Zacherl” school of Taonsgho and the Kandara school of Ouagadougou in the central region of Burkina Faso participated in the «Arts Party 2010» organised by Ms Tomoko Watanabe from ANT-Hiroshima. The events aim was to develop the creativity of children from 4 to 12 years. Their artwork was on exhibition in Hiroshima and any profits from sales were sent to both schools, where the funds would be allocated to the purchase of school equipment (notebooks, pens, pencils and books) and canteen equipment (pots and cooking utensils).

International youth exchange programme

Ms Tan Yen Lin from Dunman High School, Singapore, expressed her experience in this programme with the following words: “It was definitely an eye-opening, life changing trip. I see things differently now. The trip beyond the objectives of assisting the locals in the communities of Bangladesh was a journey of self-discovery”.

Arts Party 2011

ANT-Hiroshima, a long-term partner of HOPE’87, annually organises the Arts Party which aims at developing and empowering children in being creative through art. The programme, called “Arts Party 2011- 9th Annual exhibition of children’s art from around the World”, was held from December 14th to 19th 2011 in Hiroshima. Children from 13 countries participated in this exhibition. HOPE’87-Bangladesh sent 20 paintings of children to the exhibition programme and all little masterpieces were highly appreciated by the Japanese audience.

Strenghten community initiatives to sustain community-based services in Bandarban district

For many years UNDP has successfully operated Mobile Satellite Clinics in very remote areas of this district where no health support infrastructure is available. The aim of the project was to support and to strengthen the community. For instance, the Satellite Clinic Management Committee members (SCMCs) were motivated to sustain these community based health services in the future.

Social centre for handicapped youth: AGAPIS

HOPE’87 and the Foundation UNESCO-Education for Children in Need support the establishment of the future social centre for physically challenged youth, “Agapis Sf Dumitru“, managed by Father Pavel Borshevschi of the Moldovan-Orthodox Church in Chisinau. In July 2014, the General Secretary of HOPE‘87, Mr Robert Ottitsch, attended the centre’s topping-out ceremony led by the Metropolit of the Moldovan-Orthodox Church, His Eminence Metropolit Vladimir, who expressed his deep satisfaction with the project, which will be beneficial for approximately 750 young people with disabilities.

Promoting youth events & youth initiatives

In order to provide young people with networking opportunities and the chance to share experiences while developing practical knowledge, HOPE'87-Bangladesh organised a number of workshops, training sessions and youth exchange programs in Bangladesh and abroad. This year, a national workshop with the title "SAARC Social Charter - Youth Opportunity" has been organised in cooperation with the Family Planning Association of Bangladesh (FPAB). About 40 national and local representatives from youth organisations came together with government officials who attended the workshop.