Dhrubotara Youth Development Foundation (DYDF), the largest youth-based organization of Bangladesh, has relentlessly been working to become a ray of hope for thousands of youths of the country.
The organization is now conducting its activities in 46 districts across the country with an aim to empower youth for sustainable socio-economic development.
About 58,000 youths across the country have benefitted from the organization as the organization is working relentlessly to create employments for youths, develop local economy, ensure gender equality, develop information technology skills and protect of human rights.
In the early 20th century, Dhrubotara was a children’s theatre group of Chowmuhani upazila of Noakhali district. The context of the formation of the theatre group was also different.
Amiya Prapan Chakraborty Arka, a seventh grader, inspired by patriotism and humanity from his grandmother, formed the theater group with his schoolmates to stop violence on children. Under his leadership, DYDF has now become the country’s largest non-political youth organization after its 22 years of journey. DYDF is currently conducting multifaceted activities to engage youths in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. With this aim, the organization is working to develop entrepreneurship and increasing the inter-connection among youths to achieve the excellence of technology. DYDF is also working in Bangladesh to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
While talking to Amiya Prapan Chakraborty Arka, he said, “Around 5 lakh people are getting benefits from DYDF’s various services across the country.
Now, the organization is implementing a project called ‘Onneshon’ in Chapainawabganj area, where training on handicraft, information communication technology, digital marketing, e-commerce is being provided to local people including Santal people.
For the development of coastal women, DYDF is implementing a project called ‘Jago Nari Banhishikha’ through which women are being provided training on child marriage prevention, creating employment opportunities, ensuring quality foods, preventing disasters and protecting biodiversity.
DYDF is holding 1,200 courtyard meetings to raise awareness among women about various issues.
In these two decades of journey, DYDF and its founder Amiya Prapan Chakraborty Arka have been awarded many recognitions and awards in the country and abroad. He has led the youth of Bangladesh in various fields including the United Nations.
As an influential youth leader, he awarded Young Leaders Award by the Queen of Britain (runner-up), National Youth Medal, the highest award for youth organizers by the Bangladesh government and Joy Bangla Youth Award from CRI.
In recognition of her work, he is currently serving as member of the executive board of the Sheikh Hasina National Youth Center. He believes that the support from everyone in the society will develop the future trajectory of Dhrubotara.