ABOUT US

Friendship is a non-governmental organisation that aims to help poor people in remote and unaddressed communities in Bangladesh.

OUR STORY

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Friendship began its work in 2002 under the direction of Runa Khan (Founder). In 1994, Yves Marre, a french adventurer, sailed a river barge from France to Bangladesh to donate it for use by the people of Bangladesh. The barge was later converted into Friendship’s first floating hospital and was able to offer free healthcare to poor communities in previously inaccessible areas.

HOW WE HELP

To improve the lives of these poor communities, we focus our support on six programmes:

Our vision

A world where people, especially the hard to reach and unaddressed, will have equal opportunity to live with dignity and hope.

Our mission

To strengthen marginalised communities and empower people to reach their full potential by an integrated needs based development approach.

Our core values

  • Integrity
  • Dignity
  • Quality
  • Justice
  • Hope

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Your donations will have a huge impact on the lives of those who need it most
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Meet our Founder and Executive Director

Take a look at where we work

Meet some of the people we have helped

ROLEX AWARDS FOR ENTERPRISE

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Watch this video in which Runa Khan (Executive Director) descibes the importance of preserving Bangladesh’s boat-building heritage. In 2006, Rolex Awards for Enterprise selected Runa to be an Associate Laureate for her contribution to Bangladesh’s cultural heritage.

AWARDS

The work of Friendship has been recognised by the following awards:

2016 – Aga Khan Award for Architecture

In recognition of the uniquely designed Friendship training center by Architect Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury.

2014 – Business Excellence Award

From Arthakantha & Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce of Singapore.

2014 – Social Innovation Leadership Award

Awarded by the World CSR Congress.

2012 – Social Entrepreneur Award

From the Schwab Foundation. Runa Khan, was one of 26 entrepreneurs to receive it.

2006 – Rolex Award for Enterprise

The Rolex Award was received for preserving Bangladesh’s boat-building heritage.

2008 – Islamic Development Bank Award

In recognition of Friendship’s efforts to improve healthcare for women in Bangladesh.

1994 – Ashoka Fellowship

Runa Khan was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship for her development of innovative user-friendly school textbooks.

2003 – Women Entrepreneurship Award

This award was received for Friendship’s contribution to helping marginalised communities onboard the Lifebuoy Friendship Hospital.