KOTHWAIN (Vulnerable People’s Development Organisation) established in 2003 by social development activists in response to issues of extreme poverty, low literacy rate, social-political conflict, eroding cultural identity and high incidence of human rights violations among the indigenous peoples in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh.
KOTHOWAIN a Tripura word meaning ‘Hope for Survival’ was officially registered as a non-government and non-political voluntary development organisation in the Social Service Department of Bangladesh Government in 2007.
The organisation aims to develop the socio-economic conditions of the most vulnerable and underprivileged people in the Hill Tracts. Through the years, KOTHOWAIN has strived to build the capacities of the communities to manage and implement projects in a sustainable manner, have a voice in decision making, and dignity as a people. This has been achieved in partnership with local, national, and international agencies as well as government institutions.
KOTHOWAIN prioritised for focusing on the following areas:
Human Rights and Indigenous Rights
Primary Education and Higher Education
Health and Sanitation,
Adolescent and Youth Development, empowerment and Employment