Request for Donation

Request Donation and Support for
International Design Competition and Construction of
a Cyclone Shelter, Bangladesh


To whom it may concern,  

This is to request your esteemed support for our proposed International Architectural Design Competition for the construction of a cyclone shelter in Baher Char, Ranggabali, Patuakhali District where Cyclone SIDR caused severe damage in 2007.

Service Civil International (SCI) is one of the world’s largest international volunteer organizations with ninety years of experience in coordinating short and long term volunteering projects. Through volunteer exchanges we help break down barriers and prejudices between people of different social, cultural and national backgrounds.

In November, 2007, the enormous cyclone SIDR attacked the southern part of Bangladesh. It caused tremendous damage to lives and property including over 4,000 people dead /missing. SCI Bangladesh made an appeal to organize relief activities with participation of international volunteers including from Japan. In 2008, SCI Japan and SCI Bangladesh jointly conducted a field survey to investigate real need of the victims. Based on the report prepared by the three-person survey team, SCI Bangladesh and Japan decided to construct a cyclone shelter which, during normal times, can also serve as a school combined with a community center or clinic for local people. Our objective is not only to construct a cyclone shelter as a facility but also to provide amenities to the local community that encourage people to live in peace.

In order to achieve our objective, we organize an international architectural design competition. Our goal is to attract architects from around the world to imagine creative and innovative solutions to the urgent problem of the cyclone shelters in the developing areas. The winning design will then be built in a community in the region.

We would appreciate your cooperation and support to our proposal for an international architectural design competition and the construction of the cyclone shelter.

Sincerely yours

Sarifuzzaman Parag,
National Secretary,
Service Civil International-Bangladesh

Toyohisa Monden,
Service Civil International-Japan

Service Civil International:                    
Service Civile International, Japan:    

Brief Description of the Project

1.    Justification of the project

       There are 4 existing shelters in the Rangghabali Area at present. When a cyclone hit last time, over 1800 villagers had to take refuge in a 250 square meters of a shelter. As it is too far to take refuge in the existing shelters safely, some villagers were thrown into flood water and drowned before reaching the shelter. Therefore, the cyclone shelter is the most urgently needed for this area. Some existing shelters are structurally defected severely and dangerous to accommodate  pupils and evacuees.

2.    Outline of the building  

               Use of the building  Shelter (at cyclone raid), School, Assembly hall, Clinic.
               Total floor area                        680 M2 (including pilotis if designed)
               Estimated occupant               275 (evacuees)
                                                                  75 (pupils)
               Structure                                   Reinforced concrete (as proposed by the designer)

3.    Progress of the implementation

       Started entry registration on 20 September and closed on 10 November 2010.
               Total registered                       68
               Nationalities                             17 (countries / areas)
               Total participants                    162

       Five concept design winners will visit project site around end of March, 2011 sponsored by the organizer.
       Select final design winner by the end of June 2011.
       Expecting construction start in November 2011 and completion in March 2012.

4.    Project Budget

              1            Construction cost (incl. final design fee, supervision cost)                           ¥22,666,000-
              2            Implementation of competition (incl. prize, travel cost for winners)                ¥2,634,000-
                            Total Project Cost                                                                                                    ¥25,300,000-

Information for Transferee Account

If you donate by money transfer:

       Currency                                                        USD or EUR

       Intermediary Bank                                       USD:     Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas NY
                                                                               EUR:     Deutsche Bank AG Frankfurt

       Intermediary Bank BIC (SWIFT Code)     USD:     BKTRUS33
                                                                               EUR:     DEUTDEFF

       Beneficiary Bank                                         Japan Post Bank

       Branch                                                          229

       Beneficiary Bank Address                         3-2, Kasumigaseki 1-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8798, Japan.

       Beneficiary Bank BIC (SWIFT Code)       BPPSJPJ1

       Beneficiary Bank CHIPS UID                    USD:     427593
                                                                               EUR:     N/A

       Payee Account Number                             02240-7-109549

       Payee Name                                                SCI NIHONHONBU

       Payee Address                                            Char House 101, 5-30-3, Minami-Karasuyama, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 157-0062, Japan

       Payee Telephone Number                        81-3-6750-2383

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