Founder & Executive Director
Zamila Sultana is the founder Executive Director of SOHAY. Since the beginning of her life she has been always thinking of how to change the socio-economic situation of the children living in impoverished situation. She expects all people of the earth should have basic support for their development and promotion in future. She is activist always stands by the side of women and children living in impoverished slums and rural village settings. SOHAY therefore focused on women and children programme. Zamila has more than 20 years of development experience working with the children and women. She always gives emphasis on children education and rights, women rights. She fights for the withdrawal of children from the hazardous working environment. She is very good in organizing children, community, local duty bearers, shop owners, employers to eradicate hazardous child labour progamme in Bangladesh. She thinks SOHAY’s working strategies are very good in bring impoverished communities out of poverty traps.
Md. Abu Hasnat
Md. Abu Hasnat has more than 14 years of development work experience in several development organizations including the grassroots and mid level national NGOs. He has practical experience of working in the areas of child labor, hazardous children work, women and gender issues, community mobilistaiton and movement, reproductive health, maternal and neonatal health, , adolescent health, and family planning, research . He is very good in strengthening the education especially children education programmes for children living in impoverished slum and rural setting. He is a good debater. He is a good team player and does his duties according to plan. He has experience of working in the coastal area of Bangladesh.
Md. Yousuf-ur-Rahman has more than 15 years of development experience. He is very good in land and children development programme. Mr. Yousuf is approachable and a good team player and network manager. Yousuf’s major focus is on program management, project design and delivery, monitoring & Evaluation, Gender Issues (Mainstreaming, Empowerment), creating participatory learning methodologies, and implementing training programs. Yousuf is a professional trainer and has provided many training to both inside and outside SOHAY. Yousuf has extensive experience in social innovation and a deep commitment to developing holistic approaches for child protection and empowerment. Prior to joining SOHAY Yousuf led several initiatives at landless people in Bangladesh and establish their rights to khash land. Yousuf is one of the leading person to launch the women rights initiative with Jatiyo Nari Nirjaton Potirod Forum that increases the awareness on women`s and child abuse and develops child protection interventions in Bangladesh, and he is currently serves in the Executive Committee of JNNPF Executive Board. Yousuf has master’s and bachelor’s degrees in political science from Rajshahi University in Bangladesh.
Md. Masud Khan
Finance & Admin Manager
Md. Masud khan joins SOHAY as Finance & Admin Manager. He joins SOHAY with a vast experience of finance, administration and personnel management. He has worked with several NGOs in Bangladesh before joining SOHAY. He is very much dedicated to strengthen the organizational governance, finance, administration and human resource management system.
Farhana Akter is the staff in SOHAY, she has joined the organization as a Field in Charge. She came to SOHAY with enormous development experience and staff management. She is dedicated and committed to children development as she has completed her bachelor’s and master’s on Food and Nutrition Science from Home Economics College, under Dhaka University,Bangladesh. She had worked in Health & Nutrition base work like reproductive health, maternal and neonatal health, Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF), child & adolescent health and education programmes before joining SOHAY. She is committed and good in doing consultations with clients and developing nutrition programs. She is a very good trainer and had give training on HIV/AIDs to staff. She is passionate about the elimination of child labour and interested to work on the areas. She has joined SOHAY to step up SOHAY’s work on children labour elimination. She is managing the difficult task to working with the local shop owners association, employers and local community and duty bearers to stop the inflow of children to the hazardous jobs.