WHAT IS EKMATTRA?
Ekmattra Means a Common Platform that is Shared by Everybody

Vision

Classrom 9

Vision

The vision of Ekmattra is to build a society where the children are cherished in a world free of discrimination, and the society will ensure the development and security of the children by all means. In providing a secured future for a child, Ekmattra will provide various services to the underprivileged part of the community through various development functionaries. EKMATTRA will connect all its activities to address the plight of the children and ensure a child-friendly national and global development process.

Mission

・Change the state of discrimination that exists in Bangladesh for the underprivileged children and facilitates long-term and sustainable initiatives for the development of the children

・Ensure support for all the children and incorporate pro-children policies so that they become part of all meaningful reforms in the society

・Generate appropriate knowledge, address gaps in existing knowledge, and aware the critical mass on the state of children

・Empower families and communities and institutions to move forward and contribute in the development of their children

・Facilitate the knowledge development of young people so that they can be an active force of social development

・Utilize mass communication media at its best possible forms to raise awareness in the society and to achieve our vision and mission

Mission

about-us-mission-1

History of Establishment

The Story of Ekmattra

Our primary inception started back in 2003 We observed the plight of the rootless disadvantageous children living on the street in the Dhaka city. We realized the risks of these children that they were at the brink of misuse and abuse. Existing social injustice and discrimination has provoked them to sustain miserably on the street, but as there is no alternative for them to sustain fairly, they are bound to grasp unfair means to survive. In this sensible ground, we felt a quick urge to do something effective for them. However, at that time, we did not have any major plan to establish an organization. We just started an open sky school for them.

Our initial objective was to teach them basic life skills and knowledge of words and numbers, health and hygiene education, and to provide them a piece of recreation by singing, painting or playing outdoor games. Education through entertainment might help them to ease the pain of their monotonous life. At one stage, we realized that they need something more beyond their basic needs—food, cloths, shelter and education. They required close mental support and family bonding. Support for children limited to streets were insufficient to provide extended care to the children. Therefore, we started to plan accordingly and tried to communicate with other who can support and contribute to materialize the dream to build a better future for these children. In 2004, we formed EKMATTRA Society with the registration [S-3850(639)] from the Joint Stock Company Act authorities of the Government of Bangladesh. We started the organization with a temporary rescue center and shelter home in Mirpur area that hosted 13 children and one staff.

At a Glance

Name of the Organization:

Ekmattra Society

Head office Address:

House No:1, Road No:4,Banani DOHS, Dhaka-1213, Bangladesh

Executive Director: Shubhashish Roy

Year of Establishment:

2003

Place of Establishment:

Dhaka

Legal Status:

Nature of the Registration: The Society Registration Act 21 of 1860

Government Registration: S-3850(639)

Name of the registration: 1978 The foreign Donations(volunteer Activities)

Government Registration: Regulation ordinance(Ordinance no-46, 1978)2825

Offices of Ekmattra:

Head Offices: 01

Field Offices: 02

Total Offices: 03

Operational Areas of Ekmattra:

  • Dhaka City
  • Haluaghat, Mymensingh

Employee Profile: Head Office

Executive Director: Shubhashish Roy

Educational Background:

Bachelor in International Relations – Dhaka University

Master’s in International Relations – Dhaka University

Passion:

Social welfare work for children through filmmaking

Initially I along with my friends started Ekmattra from the very basic liability towards the society’s underprivileged community. Being a part of a privileged world I have always thought that ignoring the reality of the underprivileged children should not be accepted in society. We wanted to keep the privileged community connected to the less privileged group of people in a unique and creative way. We have tried to address the inequality among the children through different approaches. When I see a child from the street is living a happy and healthy life with the support from Ekmattra I find my drive to work more for them. We have always tried to make Ekmattra a self-dependent organization other than only being a donor-based entity. That is why as well as utilizing funds from donors we are inventing creative initiatives to make Ekmattra Society sustainable and self-sufficient with the support of our large group of partners and supporters. In the coming days, no matter how long it takes I want to see a Bangladesh free from child labor where every child is treated equally in society. I believe Ekmattra will be a key driver to bring that enlightened future in this country and beyond.

Education & Training:
Bachelor in Anthropology - Jahangirnagar University
Master’s in Education - BRAC University
Additional accredited courses and training on Microsoft Office, Monitoring & Evaluation, Storytelling & Communication, and Leadership Development

Previous Works:
Teach For Bangladesh, Change Associates, icddr,b, Save the Children

Education & Training:
Bachelor in Sociology – National University, Bangladesh
Master’s in Political Science, National University, Bangladesh
Diploma in Photography – Alliance Francaise, Dhaka
Diploma in Photography – Photographic Society of America
AFIAP Distintsionship: Federation Internationale Le Art of Photography – FIAP

Previous Works:
Practical Action, Plan International, World Fish, Manusher Jonno Foundation, Care Bangladesh. Concern Worldwide

Education & Training:
Bachelor in Social Science - Bangladesh University

Adib Rahman Ethar: Senior Officer, Research & Communication

Md. Iqbal Hossain, Field Coordinator

Shihab Sarar Shumon: Field Associate

I have joined Ekmattra so that I can work with the children and make a greater impact to improve the lives of the underprivileged children of Bangladesh. The cooperation and amicable environment here is motivating me to work tirelessly for improving the lives of all disadvantaged children of Bangladesh and beyond.

The reason behind my joining in Ekmattra Society is to work for the children who need support the most. I believe no child should be a victim of discrimination and Ekmattra will allow me to eradicate discrimination against children along with providing shelter to ensure a better future for them.

I once was a child deprived of regular privileges and facilities. Ekmattra Society ensured a secured future for me and now I am going well with my career. From being an underprivileged child rescued and supported by Ekmattra to being an employee of Ekmattra is one of the greatest journeys one can ever have. That’s why I know the struggle of the underprivileged and street children of Bangladesh which is driving me to work for them

  • Ekmattra-DBB Academy, Mymensingh
  • Head Office

Shubhashish Roy:

Executive Director

Educational Background:

Bachelor in International Relations – Dhaka University

Master’s in International Relation – Dhaka University

Passion:

Social welfare work for children through filmmaking

Initially I along with my friends started Ekmattra from the very basic liability towards the society’s underprivileged community. Being a part of a privileged world I have always thought that ignoring the reality of the underprivileged children should not be accepted in society. We wanted to keep the privileged community connected to the less privileged group of people in a unique and creative way. We have tried to address the inequality among the children through different approaches. When I see a child from the street is living a happy and healthy life with the support from Ekmattra I find my drive to work more for them. We have always tried to make Ekmattra a self-dependent organization other than only being a donor-based entity. That is why as well as utilizing funds from donors we are inventing creative initiatives to make Ekmattra Society sustainable and self-sufficient with the support of our large group of partners and supporters. In the coming days, no matter how long it takes I want to see a Bangladesh free from child labor where every child is treated equally in society. I believe Ekmattra will be a key driver to bring that enlightened future in this country and beyond.

Education & Training:
Bachelor in Anthropology - Jahangirnagar University
Master’s in Education - BRAC University
Additional accredited courses and training on Microsoft Office, Monitoring & Evaluation, Storytelling & Communication, and Leadership Development
AFIAP Distintsionship: Federation Internationale Le Art of Photography – FIAP

Previous Works:
Teach For Bangladesh, Change Associates, icddr,b, Save the Children

Education & Training:
Bachelor in Sociology – National University, Bangladesh
Master’s in Political Science, National University, Bangladesh
Diploma in Photography – Alliance Francaise, Dhaka
Diploma in Photography – Photographic Society of America
AFIAP Distintsionship: Federation Internationale Le Art of Photography – FIAP

Previous Works:
Practical Action, Plan International, World Fish, Manusher Jonno Foundation, Care Bangladesh. Concern Worldwide

Education & Training:
Bachelor in Social Science - Bangladesh University

Adib Rahman Ethar: Senior Officer, Research & Communication

I have joined Ekmattra so that I can work with the children and make a greater impact to improve the lives of the underprivileged children of Bangladesh. The cooperation and amicable environment here is motivating me to work tirelessly for improving the lives of all disadvantaged children of Bangladesh and beyond.

Md. Iqbal Hossain, Field Coordinator

The reason behind my joining in Ekmattra Society is to work for the children who need support the most. I believe no child should be a victim of discrimination and Ekmattra will allow me to eradicate discrimination against children along with providing shelter to ensure a better future for them.

Shihab Sarar Shumon: Field Associate

I once was a child deprived of regular privileges and facilities. Ekmattra Society ensured a secured future for me and now I am going well with my career. From being an underprivileged child rescued and supported by Ekmattra to being an employee of Ekmattra is one of the greatest journeys one can ever have. That’s why I know the struggle of the underprivileged and street children of Bangladesh which is driving me to work for them

Initially I along with my friends started Ekmattra from the very basic liability towards the society’s underprivileged community. Being a part of a privileged world I have always thought that ignoring the reality of the underprivileged children should not be accepted in society. We wanted to keep the privileged community connected to the less privileged group of people in a unique and creative way. We have tried to address the inequality among the children through different approaches. When I see a child from the street is living a happy and healthy life with the support from Ekmattra I find my drive to work more for them. We have always tried to make Ekmattra a self-dependent organization other than only being a donor-based entity. That is why as well as utilizing funds from donors we are inventing creative initiatives to make Ekmattra Society sustainable and self-sufficient with the support of our large group of partners and supporters. In the coming days, no matter how long it takes I want to see a Bangladesh free from child labor where every child is treated equally in society. I believe Ekmattra will be a key driver to bring that enlightened future in this country and beyond.

Executive Director: Shubhashish Roy

Executive Director: Shubhashish Roy

Educational Background:

Bachelor in International Relations – Dhaka University

Master’s in International Relations – Dhaka University

Passion: Social welfare work for children through filmmaking

Employee Profile: Ekmattra-DBB Academy, Mymensingh