The Protibondhi Community Centre(PCC) takes pride to announce that being with the people in desperate needs over the last 25 years by overcoming multifaceted challenges, it is going to celebrate a Silver Jubilee, for its 25th years anniversary on March 14, 2022. The organisation was established in 1996 by the Brothers of Taize, an ecumenical congregation of Christian community, under the special patronization and commitment of late Brother Frank Van het hof Taize and registered with both the Department of Social Services and NGO-Affairs Bureau of Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in 1997 and 2008 respectively. Since its inception, it has been working relentlessly for socio-economic and cultural emancipations of the most vulnerable people especially people with disabilities in desperate needs of specialised attention and services.
The PCC values humanity and works for holistic development and transformation of the most vulnerable populations with special focus on the crucial needs of the people with disabilities irrespective of race, ethnicities, religions, gender(diverse gender), professions (sex workers and others engaged in risky professions), refugees and others in desperate material, moral and spiritual needs by mobilising both internal and external resources, including those of private, institutional and government donors, avenues and provisions.
The fully non-profitable, non-political, social, developmental and humanitarian Christian value based organization, PCC is inspired by the ministry of Jesus Christ to serve the poor and destitute and defines its motto as, “ধর আমার হাত’’ ‘’Hold My Hand’’ in English, (Angni Jakkho Rimbo’’ in Garo language and ‘’Houd Mijn Hand Vast’’ in Dutch); in memory and honour of all the individuals especially Brother Frank Taize, Brother Guillaume Taize, and Brother Eric Taize and their family members in Holland and Sweden involved in and contributed to making the journey of the organization effective, professional and efficient by transforming challenges encountered into changing dynamic forces over the 25 years of its collective journey. Holding hand of the people in both material and spiritual needs, especially the destitute and people with disabilities is the clarion call of the Brothers of Taize. It reached new heights through the generous supports of all the donors, well-wishers and the dedicated and committed services of the PCC, board members and its staffs.
The PCC conveys thanks and gratitudes to the donors, well-wishers and supporters for their unconditional and unwavering supports and prayers rendered over the years. It seeks to offer special thanks to Christian Solidarity International (CSI), Transform Aid International (TAI), Christian Reformed World Missions-USA, Association Operation Esperance/ Operation Hope, Stichting Physiotherapy Support Children International, Stitching Steiunfonds voor het werk van de broerders van Taize Bangladesh, CORDAID Netherlands, PhySCI; Netherlands, Resonate Global Mission (RGM), DRRA/Partnership-Liliane Fonds-Netherlands, Handicap International/Partnership, Centre for Disability in Development(CDD), CRP and Manusher Jonno Foundation as donors for their long term commitment, partnerships, funding and technical supports as to offering the speciliazed supports especially the people with disabilities.
The PCC as a learning and growing organisation embraces right based and sectoral approaches to contribute in addressing the issues that affect the lives of the community people in need.The prioritised sectors as defined in the Country Strategic Plan (2021-2026) are, Inclusive and Quality Education, Preventive and Curative Health Services including SRHR, Disaster Response, Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction, Livelihood Promotion and Economic Empowerment, Protection and advocacy, WASH and Institutional Development. The working areas of PCC include Mymensingh, Tangail, Netrokona, Jamalpur, Sherpur and Bhola districts of the country. Considering the humanitarian needs to the Rohingya refugee especially the children with disabilities, it has included Cox’s Bazar as one of the working areas and started working in partnership with Trinamool Unnayan Songstha and other partners.
The on going projects of the PCC are, Improving the Lives of Persons with Disabilities and Vulnerable no-Disabilities (ILPWDVD), Improving the Lives of Children with Disabilities through Community Participation (ILCDCP)-Pride Project, Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities (IECWD), Access to Basic Education for Marginalized Children in Mymensingh (ABEMCM), Promoting Education Rights of Minorities (PERM), Living Together in Peace (LTP), Inclusive Development Project, Let’s All United in Group with Hope (Laugh)-Project and Education Programme for the Visually Impaired Learners in Bangladesh apart from the yearly funded regular projects of Department of Social Services of Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. As major impacts through implementing the projects successfully, the organization has been able to reach and transform the lives of more than 39,850 persons including those of 12,000 people with disabilities (PWDs).
The PCC as a learning and evolving organization by implementing more than 21 Projects so far funded by various donors, has become a beacon of the community light; expertise and experiences.
A fully democratic organization, PCC has an independent body of Executive Committee, General body and Advisory Committee. The PCC expresses thanks and gratitude to the first chairperson, late Prof. Rafiqul Islam Ranju and others such as, Mr. Samar Chiran, Mr. Prodip Sharma, Ms. Sadhona Modal and present Chairperson Mr. Samuel S. Roy for their visionary leadership and roles played. Apart from committees, the organization has a group of thematic experts and a Senior Management Team (SMT) to lead all the aspects of management of the organization including accountability, donor compliance, government rules and regulations and policy compliances and promoting culture of diversities, multi-cultural, learning, growing and enabling environment.
The PCC invites all people of good will; generous and supportive to join in the celebration of activities by getting involved in forms of donations or volunteering for bringing positive changes and unlocking potentials of the most vulnerable people; living at risk especially the children with disabilities.