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Shalom is an integrated organ of the Church of Bangladesh (CoB) for responding to humanitarian needs and initiating development activities in support of dignified living of the poor. CoB has a long history to serve the common with education, health and other charitable services. After the independence of Bangladesh in 1971, the Church began a mission to restore the lives of the war victims through relief and rehabilitation activities, and later formed Church of Bangladesh Social Development Programme (CBSDP), which is now Shalom, in 1983 for mainstreaming development programmes for meeting greater needs of the people. Shalom seeks to show Christian love and establish justice and peace for the poor and oppressed irrespective of religion, caste and creed. Ethnic minorities are taken under special priority along with other vulnerable classes prone to environmental, social and climatic degradation.

Shalom in its development efforts follows community based comprehensive programme based approach that leads to building people’s institution and sustainable development. Shalom has gone through a massive reformation to make it effective and well governed towards its conviction. It is duly registered to work under foreign Donation Acts of the country and operating micro-credit activities. Shalom is an active member of different national and international Alliances and Networks including Act Alliance, Anglican Alliance, Association of Development Agencies in Bangladesh (ADAB), Community Health Global Network (CHGN), Credit and Development Forum (CDF), Disaster Management Bureau Government of Bangladesh, Global Mix Market New York USA, Network on Climate Change Bangladesh (NCC,B), Ratify OP3CRC International Coalition, STOP THE TRAFFIK, Voluntary Health Service Agency (VHSS) etc.

Shalom is operated by a 10 members Executive Committee elected by the General Body of 31 members for three years. This General Body members are formed through the nomination of the Synod of the Church of Bangladesh consisting CoB members, people form other faiths and development professionals. The Director of Shalom is the secretary (Ex officio) of the Executive Body who looks after all the administration of Shalom. Shalom covers a working area comprising 15 Districts reaching 14,600 households of 73,000 people.

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