In 1985 a group of social workers established a private voluntary development organization to improve the condition of socially disadvantaged children in Bangladesh. The organization was named as “Social & Economic Enhancement Programme” (SEEP).
Initially the organization was involved in charitable work like running feeding centres or distributing clothes for needy and malnourished children in times of disaster such as drought, floods or cold weather. In 1995, SEEP started to work with children in a slum in Section 6 in Mirpur, Dhaka. Almost simultaneously, it started working with the hard-core child labourers at Ward 5 of Dhaka City Corporation in Mirpur, who were involved in handlooms and embroidery work.
These projects marked a change in strategy for SEEP as for the first time they sought to address some of the root causes of child poverty, realizing that its services need to provide long lasting and sustainable benefits, rather than temporary help. As its experience and capacity grew, SEEP gradually expanded its activities to different parts of the Dhaka city. In 1999, SEEP started advocacy for the realization of rights of disadvantaged children, working both through its community projects and in conjunction with local and national networks as required.
To create a society for children which is free of exploitation, discrimination and violence and supports growth to their highest potential is the vision of SEEP.
SEEP works for the empowerment and participation of disadvantaged and victim children in Bangladesh (both boys and girls, including children with different abilities), and their parents and community, so that they can protect and promote child rights.
SEEP also works in collaboration with like-minded groups and organizations towards the enactment and reformation of policy and laws, and their proper implementation at local and national level, in order to ensure the rights of children on the basis of UNCRC.