Rishilpi International

Basic Informations

Progetto Uomo Rishilpi International Onlus founded in 1977 and has been serving the socially excluded people Rishi, Munda, Kaura, and other non-mainstream community. The name ‘ Rishilpi’  has been adopted from two Bangla word ‘Rishi’ (Untouchable)  and ‘Shilpi’ (Artist). The name itself bears the value and aims of the organization that is socially neglected (here Rishi people is a symbol of all neglected people) become the artist or accepted by the people of mainstream of society.

The founder of the organization is two Italian humanitarian Mr. Vincenzo Falcone and Mrs.Laura Melano. Initially they came to Satkhira (Bangladesh) for missionary work, but they saw that many people of Rishi community are neglected due to their caste and they are leading vulnerable life. They were deprived from their fundamental rights and basic needs such as food, clothes, medical care, education, shelter. Enzo and Laura left their missionary work and started to work for Rishi people with a philosophy: ‘Feeding the hungry, healing the sick, clothing the naked and sheltering the homeless.’

The service of Rishilpi was started with a  dream project called ‘ Rishilpi Handicrafts’ and main purpose of the project was to create job opportunity for the Rishi people so that they have a good meal for three times in a day.   Services were gradually expanded over a large area with Education, Health and Water & Sanitation program. Rishilpi identified some other ethnic minority ‘Munda’ community and professionally discriminated ‘Kaura’ and ‘Chowdaly’ community to transform their life.

Rishilpi is now a good contributor to the UNSDG (United Nation Sustainable Development Goal) through it different project in Bangladesh and recognized as an International humanitarian organization from 2013. It has some priority areas of service to bring sustainable change into communities, these are: Rehabilitation for Persons with Disabilities, Education for the underprivileged children, water & sanitation for the poor rural communities, Child marriage Prevention & Women empowerment.  Rishilpi creates employment opportunity for 310 people directly and have 2860 Producers with good income in every month.  At present around 59,000 people are directly or indirectly benefiting from these different projects

Rishilpi’s Core Values

Our core values guide us in the taking of decisions and help us achieve our aspirations as individuals, donors, partners, and stakeholders.

  • Commitment

We are committed to the poor untouchable and outcaste community and work for their inclusion in the mainstream of society.

  • Love and compassion

We serve people with love and compassion to give them hope and improve their quality of life.

  • Honesty and integrity

We are transparent and accountable, and we guarantee effective use of the resources we get from the generous support of our valuable donors/sponsors. We guarantee honesty, integrity, and transparency in our dealings.

  • Responsiveness

We are responsive to the people in need; we are ready to serve poor people with our every best effort at any time. We respond to emergencies for reducing vulnerability.

  • Collaboration and Partnership

We serve people with the support of donors and partners; we are part of a global partnership for development and we want to reach millions of oppressed people with the cooperation of our donors, sponsors and development partners.

The Strategic Direction of Rishilpi

1. Mainstreaming

Rishilpi works to mainstream the untouchable and outcaste Rishi, Munda, Kaura and other minorities through education and training. Marginalized communities are living in poverty and are victims of negligence.  Rishilpi trusts that education is the way to root out discrimination as well as poverty 

2. Stewardship

Rishilpi serves people with servant hood leadership bearing human value. Stewardship is the key priority of Rishilpi's service, for our resources are the gifts of God through donors; we guarantee effective use of our resources for the wellbeing of poor people. Rishilpi gives value to people and involves them in developmental activities with equal priority.

3. Equity and Equality

Rishilpi promotes equal rights and values for all human beings, irrespective of caste, religion, gender, and disability. Rishilpi has realized that people from minority communities, people with disabilities and women are deprived of their rights in their families and in society. Rishilpi intends to establish peace and justice by promoting equity and equality through its services to the community. 

4. Holism

Rishilpi believes that life can be changed through holistic support, love and care. Rishilpi aims at holistic change, so that everyone can attain quality of life and find "life and all in its fullness”. Rishilpi brings hope into the life of the poor and vulnerable through healthcare, education, training, and the creation of job opportunities.

5. One Family

Rishilpi believes that we are members of one family that we learn from each other and work together to reach the same goal. Our key priority is to place children at the centre of family development, and to choose one child from each family as well as to engage communities as a whole for their ownership of development activities.


Progetto Uomo Rishilpi International Onlus

Gopinathpur, Binerpota, Satkhira-9400,

Tel: (0471) 63527 & 63027

Fax: (0471) 62858

E-mail: rishilpi.bd@rishilpibd.org  



Rishilpi’s vision is of a happy and prosperous community through the eradication of discrimination, and through humanitarian, social, and economic development for the downtrodden and minorities.




Rishilpi supports the development of humanitarian, social and economic interventions through the involvement of stakeholders towards the sustainable development of communities in Bangladesh, with emphasis on the ‘Rishi’ communities of the downtrodden, minorities and distressed, with fairness as to caste, religion, race, and gender.

Our specific mission statement:

  • Feeding the hungry at times of emergency, by creating employment opportunities and equipping children with skills and tools for their future livelihood.
  • Healing the sick through treatment and rehabilitation of people with disabilities through comprehensive rehabilitation approaches, with love and compassion.
  • Educating underprivileged children who cannot access mainstream education, and mobilizing the community for education awareness.
  • Drinking water for thirsty by installing community filters in poor community and supplying the pure drinking water whereas need
  • Sheltering the homeless after an emergency or any other urgent need to rehabilitate the derelict and displaced.




Rishilpi’s goal is for mainstreaming the disadvantaged, empowering them through education, skill development, capacity enhancement, socio-economic emancipation and self reliance.


Aims and Objectives:

The aim and objective of Progetto Uomo Rishilpi International-Onlus are to assist, encourage and engage the underprivileged in development activities for ensuring sustainable development in their life.

The operational objectives of Progetto Uomo Rishilpi International-Onlus are to:

  • Access in basic education for disadvantaged children by ensuring educational assistance and schooling
  • Prevent early marriage by creating accessibility to school for girl child for building the foundation of Sonar Paribar   (Golden Family)
  • Prevention disability and reduce infant mortality rate by improving health and nutrition status of community people
  • Rehabilitation of disabled persons both in physically and socially with equalization of opportunity
  • Develop a sustainable household livelihood with just distribution of resources, and enhancing the capacity of community people.



Major Activities

Rishilpi Handicrafts

Rishilpi International Handicrafts is the first dream and love of founder Director Mr. Vincenzo Falcone (Enzo) and Rector Mrs. Graziella Melano (Laura) for bringing hope to the life of untouchable and outcaste people of Satkhira district. It enhances the livelihood security to the poor and disadvantaged community by creating employment opportunity. This intervention has allowed the unemployed women and disabled persons to become artisan over the 40 years.

Rishilpi International Handicrafts works for ensuring the sustainable income of poor and disadvantaged community focusing cultural heritage of Bangladesh in their different products. Quality Handcrafts products are the source of income of socio-economically deprived artisan families. Majority producers are women from the rural villages and most of them work at home level. Quality handicrafts products of Rishilpi International Handicrafts are sold in Europe, USA, Japan and Australia, as well as in Bangladesh. It has 09 (Nine) sections where around 3700 producers are working and have an assurance of their livelihood.

Rishilpi Health and Rehabilitation

Rishilpi Health and Rehabilitation program is serving the poor and most vulnerable disabled people since 1980. The aim of the project is to rehabilitate the disabled persons both in physically and socially. Almost 1,500 Persons with disability (PwD) received services from the project both in main center and CBR center among them 80% are Children with Disability (CwD). Rehabilitation service includes:

  • Physiotherapy to maximize the physical abilities and physical rehabilitation of Person with Disability.
  • Special education for intellectual development of disabled children including mental, emotional, psychosocial, speech & communication and cognitive development that lead to inclusive the students in general education.
  • Occupational therapy for enhance the capacity of Activities Daily Living (ADL) of children with disability.
  • Social rehabilitation for ensuring Inclusive education, livelihood security, and medical care and promote the rights of children with disability.
  • Maternal and Child Health Care (MCHC) promotes the safe motherhood and prevent disability caused by pregnancy or during delivery. Currently, 300 TBAs are working in the rural village voluntarily having technical support from Rishilpi.
  • Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) is an approach to reach the services at community level through 5 CBR centers where about 700 disabled children receive rehabilitation services every year. It has physiotherapy arrangement for disabled person both child and adult as well as has special education and inclusive education support for disabled children.
  • PACE (Progress Ability by Care and Education) is proving support for orthosis support to the Persons with Disability. A workshop already been set up for making different type of orthosis devices. The project is implementing with the financial and Technical support of Strabordo Onlus Italy.
  • SHEBA (Strengthening Handicap Equity and Better Accessibility) is a project to renovation the toilet, bathroom and play ground for the Persons with Disability to ensure disable accessibility and equity. This is a partnership project with Nuovi Spazi al Servire, Italy.  

Rishilpi Education Program

Since 1994 Education program is working to promote education rights for the underprivileged children and operating schools in the rural community. Every year around 3,000 students are enrolled in the program. The main objective of education program is to create opportunities for the children of disadvantaged communities for education to be an agent of transformation of the society which ultimate contributes to increase the national literacy rate and make a sustainable community in future. The program has many arrangements for education:

  • In Rishilpi campus it has day a care center, an Early Learning Centre, a Pre-primary school, Primary School and High School; every year about 500 students enrolled in the school.
  • A special school for deaf and dumb is operating inside the campus with facility of 80 students, it is known as Speech and Hearing Impaired Children (SSHIC).
  • The project has 45 Community Primary Schools in the village and each school average 50 students are studying in two shifts.
  • It has 5 SCE (Special Care for Education) and 5 SS (Special School) for the students of Rishi community.

Rishilpi Education Support Program

Rishilpi Education Support Program works for the change of the Community by ensuring quality of education for the children. It has many sponsored students who are studying with the sponsorship support from many kind hearted people in Italy. They adopt the students and sending encouragement; ESP provides educational materials to the children with this assistance   i.e.  Books, tuition fees, exercise books, pens, pencils, geometry boxes, school dress, shoes with this assistance to the children. Rishilpi communicates with sponsors and links them with their sponsored children. Many Children already have completed higher education and made their ways of better livelihood. The program has been providing education support for thousands of students since 1989.

  • Enrolled 2550 poor students in the program, 43% of them from the minority and professionally decimated community and 53 % are girls.
  • Provide education support (Books, Khata, Pen, Pencils, School dress, Tuition fees etc) for all sponsored students.
  • Ensure primary Medical care for poor students and children with disability.
  • Provide nutrition support for very young children.
  • Early Marriage Prevention through ASP, Early Marriage Prevention Committee (EMPC) form with local elite, elected body and school teachers, it has 21 EMPC where 147 EMPC members are working actively.

Amar Sonar Paribar (ASP)

Amar Sonar Paribar (My Golden Family) is one of the key components of Rishilpi Education Support Program (ESP). ASP is a dynamic approach to promote the awareness in the community to prevent early marriage.

ASP was established as a special project on 8th July 2003 with a dream to build a Sonar Paribar (Golden Family) ensuring very young girls education by preventing early marriage. ASP carry on some objectives to reach its' goal effectively, those are:

  • Promote girl child education by ensuring educational assistance for poor girls of disadvantaged community. 
  • Early marriage prevention through awareness campaign, community mobilization, advocacy meeting and ASP group meeting.
  • Reduce repression of women caused by dowry creating community awareness and discourage dowry system in marriages.
  • Women empowerment ensuring the life skill training, complete the higher education and engage women in income generating activities (job/service)
  • Gender equity in the family and the society ensuring equal opportunity for boys and girls.
  • Promotion of women rights preparing the girl child through education and training to engage in decision making in family and the society

Amar Sonar Swapno ( ASS)

ASS is a special concern of ESP to prevent child marriage and build a golden dream for the teenager boys.  Every teenager boy who completed primary education is qualified to be a member of ASS. Group members who would get marry after 21 years will be treated as success marriage and they will receive 10 multiply of their savings as incentive. Currently, 100 youth are members in 5 ASS.

Water Treatment Plant (WTP)

WTP is one of the important components of Rishilpi program to ensure safe drinking water for the entire campus and subsequently for the beneficiaries who are living in surrounding villages of Rishilpi, through maintenance and enhancement of water filter devices. The plant has been built with the kind donation by a group of Italian friends. There is also a laboratory for water analysis that has being working to test the quality of the filtered water coming out from the different water devices: Arsenic Iron Removal Plant (AIRP), Bio-Sand Filters (BSF).   

  • WTP machine is producing more than 9000 m3 (metric cubic) of portable water per year, giving benefit to around 1800 people every day.
  • Arsenic Iron Removal Plant (AIRP) is installed in 2 villages where more than 500 people are getting benefit everyday (2017 Data Source/ Rishilpi Report).
  • Bio-Sand Filters are installed in 48 CPS-ELC, giving benefit to more than 2500 students every day.
  • Community Filter (CF) installed in 34  Villages and about 8000 people are getting benefit.
  • The project supply mineral water in Jar/bottle with affordable cost in Satkhira Municipality and surrounding area. There are 16000 peoples are getting benefit with the program.
  • Community Awareness meeting and campaign with community people are arranged every year. Around 5,000 people have the opportunity to participate to the awareness meetings about safe drinking water management, once in a year


Head Office

Progetto Uomo Rishilpi International Onlus

Gopinathpur, Binerpota, Satkhira-9400,

Tel: (0471) 63527 & 63027

Fax: (0471) 62858

E-mail: rishilpi.bd@rishilpibd.org  

Project Office

Progetto Uomo Rishilpi International Onlus

Gopinathpur, Binerpota, Satkhira-9400,

Tel: (0471) 63527 & 63027

Fax: (0471) 62858

E-mail: rishilpi.bd@rishilpibd.org  

List of Excutive Body

  1. Monica Tosi
  2. Recla Ezio
  3. Vincenzo Falcone (Enzo)
  4. Crescentini Ezio
  5. Luciana De Angelis

Chief of NGO

Name: Vincenzo Falcone

Designation: Director

Phone & Mobile No. 0471 63527 (01715608701)

Staff Strength

Staff category Male Female Total
Management and Supervision 21 02 23
Mid-level 39 32 71
Field Worker 49 52 101
Support Staff 30 90 120

Infrastructure facilities:

Particulars Total Number
High School and Primary School Building 1
Hospital Building , IPW and Training Hall 2
Hostel Building 2
Office Building ( ESP,Admin,Finance) 3
Water Treatment Plant 1
Land Poperty 8.36 Acre
Pond 1
KG School House 1
Sign Language School House 1
Community Primary School 42
Guest House 1
Handicrafts Workshop and office 3
Khulna Physiotherapy Centre 1
Land Property In Khulna City 0.2151 Acre

Network / Forum

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Project List ( Total Project : 7 )

Project Name : Progress Ability with Care and Empathy (PACE)

Doner : Strabordo Onlus

Sector : Health

Area : Satkhira

Time Line : January 2019 to December 2021

Brief of activities :

Rishilpi Health and Rehabilitation is serving the person with disability since 1980. The centre is a renowned “cure platform” for Person with Disability in Bangladesh. A comprehensive support is provided from the respective centre to bring holistic change in the life of disabled people. Rehabilitation aids/orthosis device is one of the essential components for providing the support to the physically challenged people to be rehabilitated. Orthosis devices play a vital role in the field of neurological and orthopedics rehabilitation. These devices improve function, restrict or enforce motion, or support a body segment and are integral part of the handicapped person’ life. One important feature of such a centre is a simple, but adequately equipped unit for making basic orthopedic equipments and rehabilitation aids at low cost. The project also gives disable person a chance to learn useful skills, to earn some money and to be good example to other disable children and their families

Wheel Chair and devices are the integral part of Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy treatment and devices may play an important role in maximizing the physical abilities of Persons with disability. The devices may help to promote the social integration and participation in development activities equal to normal people.  The project PACE is aiming to provide support to the persons with disability ensuring Wheel Chair and other devices. It has become a regional resource center for rehabilitation of Persons with Disability.

PACE  project is making different category of devices and provided to the persons who needs. A brief description is given bellow about the devices

  1. Wheel Chair Making

Wheel chair is one of the most important assistive devices for the persons with disability for their movement. Many Persons with Disability cannot move one place to another as their lower part of body is not capable, but they easy drive wheel chair and do their day to day activities using the wheel chair. Rishilpi Health Program identifies the patients’ who need wheel chair during the treatment session and advice to use wheel chair. Some chairs are available in the local market which is not applicable for many persons as it is not of appropriate measurements for the respective patients our physiotherapist provides the measurements for wheel chair as per specific patients’ need and PACE workshop makes customized wheel chairs following the suggested measurements and delivers to the right person. Also, the repairing and further modification of the existing wheel chairs (if required due to physical growth of the patient) are done by the respective workshop. The PACE workshop is principally dedicated to the preparation of person specific appropriate wheel chairs.

PACE workshop make this wheel chair. Moreover, some wheel chairs need mending and modification as per physical growth of the patient, which is also the workshop. PACE workshop is dedicated to making wheel chair appropriately. During the month of December 2018 may Persons with Disability are received service from the project. 

  1. Other Assistive Devices making

Different types of Assistive devices (i.e. Crutch, cycle, Hand Splint, Arch/Special Shoes, Special Back Slab, Sitting Chair, Standing Frame, and Walker etc) are required for persons with disability to ensure their easy and safe movement. During treatment/Therapy session our Physiotherapist team identifies the person specific need for assistive device and advices patient the use of required device for their physical improvement. Generally, these verity types of device are not available in the local market and PACE project’ trained staffs prepare these customized as per person specific requirements and need.

  1. Materials/ Equipments Repairing

Rishilpi Health Program needs many types of materials and equipments for therapy and treatment. Moreover, some equipment is using during treatment session and some others are needed for alternate support of Persons with Disability. These type of equipments sometimes make in the PACE workshop or many others needs regular repairing. PACE Project is providing support to the health project ensuring the mending of different equipments and materials as per need. Moreover, the PACE workshop arranges some repairing of materials in other program such as school.


Project Name : General And Administration Project

Doner : Progetto Uomo Rishilpi International Onlus

Sector : General

Area : Satkhira

Time Line : 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2019

Brief of activities :

General Project is being implemented to provide necessary operation support to the different project/program. This project is basically an operation management supporting project. The project ensures the appropriate support and monitoring the activities of different project. Under this project some department/section are actively working these are- Finance and Account, Internal Audit, Communication and Documentation, Monitoring and Evaluation, Media and Publication, Information Technology (IT) and Support Service.

Human Resource Management  

  • Provided necessary HR support to 315 staff  working at Rishilpi
  • Conducted recruitment and orientation to 1  new staffs
  • Conducted 2 training and 62 staff attended the training.
  • Compensation management and settlement to the staffs.
  • Conducted Annual Performance Evaluation of 315 staffs.

Finance and Account 

  • Ensured that the Books of accounts of six project  are maintained  properly
  • Organized external audit and worked with Internal Audit.
  • Made compliance rules and regulation (VAT, Tax)
  • Arranged project approval and fund clearance from NGOAB.
  • Prepared monthly and year ending Financial report to donors.

Support Service  

  • Procurement materials/goods as need for project
  • Building Maintenance ( Repairing/ Painting)
  • Construction building and CPS school.
  • Monitoring the Security work.

Internal Audit 

  • Organized monthly project audit  as per plan
  • Ensured compliance is made according to the audit report.
  • Ensured the proper control of financial resource management.
  • Project audit report prepared and Sharing

Communication and Documentation   

  • Monthly News letter prepared and published
  • Prepared 45 CPS Annual report by March 2019 it is on the process.
  • Prepared  Annual Report and Printing
  • Preparing 4 Internal Evaluation Report (IER) of different 4 project
  • Public  Liaison

Media and Publication 

  •  Arranged Photography and videography of different program
  •  Conducted Printing work of Annual report.
  • Prepared video documentary for donors.
  • Report collection from the field.
  • Conducted Press & Media  liaison

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