SHED was established as the successor of the ICDDR,B Teknaf Station following the closer of the former in September, 1989. Since then as an outcome of the dedication, sincerity, tireless effort and contribution of all associated with SHED irrespective of staff, volunteers, local elite, community people, the organization has flourished and stepped into one of the reputed non-government national organizations in Bangladesh and engaged in transforming the lives of the community people towards positive changes in selected areas of the country.
It may be mentioned here that ICDDR,B had been working in the Teknaf areas since 1973 with interventions giving emphasis to treatment of Diarroeal disease with clinical and field research, water& sanitation, integrated health, MCH-FP. The realization of both ICDDR,B management and local community that such sudden action of withdrawing ICDDR’Bs activities would lead to a major health care gap in the area of Teknaf, Under the prevailing situation and considering the diversity of the local problem, ICDDR,B management, local staff and leaders like Member of the parliament, Upazila Chairman, other local elite and Government officials by arranging several meetings to find out an alternative to bridge the health care gap decided the formation of a non-governmental voluntary organization that could be an effective mechanism to address the issue raised by the local communities and the emergence of SHED was the out put of the said combination effort and collective thoughts.
The emergence and foundation of SHED was rooted on building upon voluntary, active and spontaneous participation of all classes of people, especially of the underprivileged. Ensuring gender balance, social justice, productive and sustainable development band safe gardening the rights of the deprived section of the population by establishing a society congenial for every one that is free from all sorts of exploitation. The mandated goal of the organization is to ensure need based development benefits the target poor, particularly women and children who always are deprived of availing benefit from the existing service providing facilities because of their ignorance and lack of capacity for raising voice against the powerful social system of the well to do people and local vested interest group. It helps people organize themselves and provides them with skill training, information, education and motivation, credit and various support services to enable them to undertake appropriate development action.
The main role and function of SHED are to undertake an intensive participatory sustainable development process through empowerment of the underprivileged by supplementing and complementing the GOB development initiatives through implementing various projects in different part of the country.