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Ethnic Community Development Organization (ECDO)

17 Urmi, West Shibgonj
Sylhet
Bangladesh

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E-mail adress:ecdo_bd@yahoo.com
 lakshmikanta@ecdo-bd.org
Internet:http://www.ecdo-bd.org
Contact person: Lakshmikanta Singh

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Ethnic Community Development Organization (ECDO) is a voluntary development organization working for and with the indigenous people of Sylhet Division of North Eastern part of Bangladesh. ECDO was founded in 2002 and is a Local Non-Government and Non-profit organization established by some dedicated individuals from different ethnic communities in the Sylhet region.

ECDO envisages a society where empowered, educated, aware and culturally diverse indigenous groups are able to ensure their own human development free from discrimination, poverty and exploitation.
ECDO´s mission is to assist indigenous communities in working for a positive and sustainable change for those deprived of rights and opportunities by implementing both service delivery and rights based approaches. ECDO implements its activities in a fully participatory and bottom-up approach with an emphasis on empowerment from within the indigenous communities.

Strategic Focus Area
• Promoting quality education for indigenous children.
• Promoting a conscious and aware attitude to general Health and specifically HIV/AIDS issues.
• Ensuring safe drinking water and sanitary practices for all.
• Promoting democracy & human rights, particularly for ethnic minorities & indigenous peoples.

Objectives of Strategic Focus Areas
• To ensure all indigenous community children have access to their right to quality education.
• To ensure accessibility of sustainable health services for all indigenous communities.
• To ensure a sustainable change in hygienic and sanitary behavior and access to safe drinking water for all indigenous communities.
• To empower indigenous peoples to raise their voice and increase their capacity.
• To create awareness among indigenous communities so that they are able to practice their rights, culture and are united.

Today ECDO runs three main programs, which can be summarized as:
• Promoting education for all in indigenous communities through Education Support Centres, a Global Art Exchange with a primary school in the UK, and Education Materials Distribution.
• Ensuring access to health facilities through medical camps and raising awareness about HIV/AIDS. In addition ECDO raises awareness on reproductive health issues for mothers and their new-born children
• Water and sanitation programs which includes awareness raising workshops about sanitation and the delivery of five Rain Water Harvesting Plants to provide an arsenic and other bacteria-free source of water for the indigenous people.

ECDO also operates a Research and Publications wing and publishes annual Journals, Newsletters and IEC/BCC Materials.

Lakshmikanta Singh is the Executive Director of the Ethnic Community Development Organization (ECDO).

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