At a glance
At a glanceYMCA movement in Bangladesh is a socio-religious expression for humanization and humanism principal and a manifestation of the philosophy is self-respect, self-reliance and self-hood and established on the Paris Basis.
YMCA movement Bangladesh was initiated in 1965 in Dhaka as an association by a group of young men living in a Christian hostel in the old part of the city. Initially Dhaka YMCA’s activities were limited among the members and all programs were organized with the help of volunteers. After the sovereignty in 1971, Dhaka YMCA grew in size and involvement in areas other that the members only. Dhaka YMCA in partnership with the World Alliance of YMCAs began relief and rehabilitation work among the people returning from the refugee camps in India.
In the process of organizational growth and diversification Dhaka YMCA moved into a rented building. To attain self sustainability Dhaka YMCA began program that would meet the growing needs of young men and women coming for higher education by organizing English Language Program and Secretarial Science Program for employment generation especially young men.
In addition, Dhaka YMCA began educational services for children, those are living in slums; adult functional education and literacy programs for illiterate adults; vocational training programs for unemployed. The main objective of our training programs is to train-up our young people and students for to take the challenges for next generation. The secondary is to support other development activities.
Dhaka YMCA is the pioneer and biggest YMCA in Bangladesh. Now it is shifted own building at Mirpur 10 from the rented building and day by day increasing it’s programs and services for members. In present services of Dhaka YMCA are:
- School (Play Group to Class X)
- Non Formal Primary Education (NFPE)
- English Language Courses and IELTS
- Indoor Games for member
- Conference Room, Meeting Room
- Guest House
- Cyber Cafe
Our hope is that all ecumenical and social movements will provide necessary guidelines and support for all programs and activities of Dhaka YMCA. Surely it will play a significant role in future.