Manabik Shahajya Sangstha

Organization-Background

Manabik Shahajya Sangstha (MSS) is a non-political, non-profit and one of the oldest non-government organizations in Bangladesh working not only for poverty alleviation through providing resources but is also promoting human rights, education, health services, working and supporting for good governance and democracy in the society. The formation of this voluntary, charitable, relief and development organization had its root in Dhaka when the country was hit by the worst famine in recent history and a group of students of the then Dhaka Residential Model School started a movement titled “Clothe the Nude” which relentlessly worked to mitigate the sufferings of the famine stricken people in 1974. In January, 1977 the movement was given an organizational shape in Dhaka under the name of Shahajya Sangstha (SAS) which was subsequently renamed Manabik Shahajya Sangstha (MSS). Thereafter, MSS started health and population services in 1982; an integrated savings and credit program for urban poor in 1984 which has since become sustainable and was again in the front-line when focus of development shifted to building democratic societies and promoting good governance.

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