July 15, 2014
JICA volunteers are working from 1999 to support polio free Bangladesh. More than 70 volunteers have supported this program so far. In order to continue the support in the Extended Program of Immunization (EPI) another JICA volunteer Ms. Aya Takechi has arrived on 3rd July to work in Noakhali District.
Four more volunteers have arrived at Bangladesh on the same day among which one short term volunteer will work for Export Promotion Bureau of Bangladesh for a time period of 10 months. Others will work for 2 years in different sectors and districts. One will work in the Sadar Hospital in Narshingdi, one volunteer will work for primary education in Gazipur in an NGO and one volunteer will work as a handball coach in Bangladesh Handball Federation. Handball coach Mr. Yasuyuki Sasaki will target next Tokyo Olympic.
The 5 members met with Mr. Mikio Hataeda, Chief Representative of JICA Bangladesh Office, and described their target activities.
JICA's volunteer program has been one of its core programs for the last 40 years. Total number of present volunteers in Bangladesh is 70. Since 1973, the volunteers have been working in Bangladesh to support its effort to improve the lives of people with diversified field of expertise. They extend assistance to the citizens and villagers. The volunteers reach out to the needs of local communities and try to find the ways how to solve their problems together with their local counterparts. The volunteers work in all over the country by integrating with the communities using the Bengali language.
Mr. Mikio Hataeda, Chief Representative is seen here with new JICA Volunteers at JICA Bangladesh Office