Bangladesh Women's Organization
What is Samhati?
Samhati, a non-profit organization of Bangladeshi women in the greater
Washington area, was formed in November 1984. The purpose of the
organization is to fund projects in Bangladesh, specifically aimed at
improving the social and economic conditions of women and children.
Current projects and activities
With financial support from Samhati, Mahila Parishad, a prominent
organization in Bangladesh, has been able to run a center, known as
'Rokeya Shadan' for abused and homeless women and children in Dhaka.
provides food, shelter, clothing, counseling, education, and training
women who otherwise have dim prospects for their future. Women who
had few or no options are now attending schools to be productive
of society. In the process, they are gaining economic freedom and
thereby developing their own self-esteem.
Although Samhati's major program is funding Rokeya Shadan,
contributes to several smaller rural agencies in Bangladesh to
encourage their developmental activites.
Samhati has also helped in emergency situations by raising money
clothing, mediciens, and other needed supplies for the victims of
cyclones in the past few years.
To sustain our activities more effectively, Samhati recently
Parishad to purchase its own building which will serve as Rokeya
training and rehabilitation center. In emergency situations this
also serve as a relief shelter. The Center will cost 3.3 million taka
To support these projects, Samhati undertakes a variety of
activities throughout the year. Such activities include:
Accepting membership fees.
Hosting benefit dinners.
Participating in food and handicraft sales at ethnic fairs.
Holding community garage sales.
Presenting cultural shows.
Samhati would like to expand its program to provide counseling and
services for sub-continental women in the Washington metropolitan
The main objective of this program would be to minimize the
faces in adjusting to life in a new country.
How you can help
Donations of cash, food, gifts, medicines and clothing.
Membership (open to all women).
Your contribution can change the life of a destitute woman. With a
help from you, she can attend school and get a job. You can make it
happen. The annual membership fee is $10. Life membership is $100.
For further information about Samhati, contact:
Mrs. Jahanara Hasan
(202) 342-8393 (office)
(703) 534-4721 (home)
6108 Robinwood Road,
Bethesda, Md 20817.
For counseling and referral services, call:
Mrs. Selima Faruqee, M.A., M.S.W,
Mrs Noorjahan Bose M.S.W
(202) 244-1400 (office)
(301) 229-8535 (home)