Who We Are?

The Nice Foundation is a rights-based feminist Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Bangladesh working on a range of Human rights, refugee and forcibly displaced communities, environmental and educational issues, and seeking to reduce inequalities and social disadvantage. We focus primarily on women, children, youth, adolescents, and people with disabilities, gender-diverse communities, religious & ethnic minority groups, and the Refugee community. 

 

Background

 

A batch of young women from the Dalit community as well as NGO feminist women workers founded the Nice Foundation in 2005, following the completion of a research project by ‘Research Initiatives Bangladesh’. M Mujibur Rahman (who remains an honorary Secretary), Ms Dorieke Goodijk (Wageningen University, Holland), a Volunteer and a batch of young women of the Dalit Hindu Kawra (pig farmer) community who are one of the neglected Communities in the World because of their profession has initiated this organisation to promote feminism, ensure social justice, fight for inequalities and reduce the disharmony within the religious minorities to co-exist with peace.  Mr. Colin Wilby, a VSO volunteer, the UK was the first individual donor who helped the community apply to NGO Affairs Bureau for registration. After four years of working voluntarily with a network of NGOs, we achieved NGO Affairs Bureau (to receive foreign grants) registration in 2009 from the Government of Bangladesh. We also received our first major international funding – a two-year grant from the Global Fund for Women (USA) to develop our work with Kawra women. Since then, the Foundation has been delivering integrated services to a large number of people in the most marginalised communities in Bangladesh. 

 

Since 2017 after Rohingya influx in August, we have been working with national NGOs to immediate support to the Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals besides the UN agencies and the Bangladesh Government. Our interventions are in the areas of food, shelter, site management, Livelihood and skill development, research on social cohesion, baseline study of different national and Local NGOs and capacity-building support to local NGOs as part of the localization process. Our organisation is a member of Core Humanitarian  Standard – a PSEA alliance and NGO Platform in Cox’sbazar. Our Honorary Secretary is a Steering Committee member for the last 3 years in NGO Platform Cox’sbazar.