In 1988 a devastating cyclone hit the Coastal area of Bangladesh destroying the crops and housing of millions and killing over 3000 persons. In Krishnanagar Union under Kaliganj Upazilla in Satkhira District, a group of young volunteers took the initiative not just to help re-build the broken and damaged houses of the sufferers, but to protect their environment. In the same year, they decided to form a social organization called Agrogoti Club.
From the starting period the organization took part in various meetings, workshop and seminars locally and nationally to gather experience in relation to human rights and environmental protection. In 1994, we established the voluntary “Krishnanagar Development Forum” against the destruction. Through this forum over 700 men and women were trained on bio-diversity resources protection in their own areas. Around the same period, Agrogoti Club. established a “Female Member Association” to advocate with government for the protection of women’s rights.
Having registered with the Social Welfare Directorate in 1999 and the NGO Affairs bureau in 2004, Agrogoti Sangstha went from strength to strength working on divergent issues such as water and sanitation, acid violence, governance, microcredit and human trafficking.
Our experience over 20years has led us to view development in a specific way, moving away from service delivery or microcredit provision to a rights based approach focused on participation, empowerment, equity and responsibility. Today, we work on local government, child rights, protecting freedoms and environmental sustainability.
Overall, Agrogoti Sangstha can be best described as:
“An Initiative to establish Human Rights through Good Governance”
Year of origin: 1988
Social welfare Directories – Registration No Sat- 278/99
NGO Affairs Bureau – Registration No- 1963/23.09.04
Vision & Mission
Vision: A society free of poverty and injustice.
Mission: To empower local communities and institutions to ensure Human Rights and Good Governance for all.