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Twenty years of Bandhu Social Welfare Society (Bandhu) would not have been a reality with the community being fulcrum around which the organization revolved and charted its trajectory. Being led by the community for which it works has been the unique proposition of Bandhu. The credit therefore goes to every single member of the sexual minority population who have been directly or indirectly engaged with Bandhu’s work. Without them we would not have been where we are today.
Proactive leadership by the Executive Committee of Bandhu, the spirit of volunteerism and demonstrated by them over the years, the highest levels of unflinching commitment from the staff and volunteers have ensured that organization remained responsive to the evolving needs of the community over the last two decades. And none of these would have been a reality without the trust and confidence that our national and international development partners demonstrated by continuing to fund our work and believe in our vision and ability to steer the organization towards the stated vision and mission.
This publication is an attempt to document the trajectory, the contribution that Bandhu made in the evolution of the response to health and human rights needs of sexual minorities in Bangladesh and the impact it has had on the lives of the communities.