About Us

About Us

Who we are


American Friends of CRP, a non-profit charitable organization authorized to raise and send funds to the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed (CRP) in Bangladesh. As a registered non-profit, we are also authorized to provide tax exemption receipts to American donors (IRS EIN 46-1244535).

In 2012, MS Valerie Taylor, the founder of CRP, Bangladesh, visited Houston and introduced CRP to the Bangladeshi community, sharing the mission and vision of CRP during her visit.

At American Friends of CRP, we work tirelessly to promote the mission and vision of CRP and raise awareness about the challenges faced by people with disabilities in Bangladesh. Through our fundraising efforts, we provide critical support to CRP, which offers a wide range of medical, educational, and vocational services to people with disabilities.

The funds raised by American Friends of CRP are used to support various programs and initiatives at CRP, including the provision of medical treatment and rehabilitation services, educational and vocational training, and assistive technology devices. By partnering with CRP, we help to empower people with disabilities and improve their quality of life.

Valerie Ann Taylor with a special need child

About CRP

The Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed (CRP) was founded in 1979 by Valerie Ann Taylor, a British physiotherapist who saw the need for specialized rehabilitation services for people with spinal cord injuries in Bangladesh. Taylor initially worked at a hospital in Dhaka, but soon realized that the hospital’s facilities and services were inadequate for people with disabilities. She founded CRP to provide specialized rehabilitation services, and the organization has since grown to become one of the leading providers of disability services in Bangladesh.

The Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed (CRP) provides a comprehensive range of medical treatment, rehabilitation, and support services, focusing on the physical, emotional, social, psychological, and economic aspects of disability. In addition, CRP is committed to promoting the development of skilled personnel in healthcare and rehabilitation throughout the country.

To expand the services available to people with disabilities, CRP has established centers in various parts of the country, working in partnership with other organizations. By promoting the empowerment of people with disabilities through community-based services, advocacy, and networking, CRP aims to raise awareness of disability issues and promote the inclusion of disabled girls and women.

At the national, regional, and international levels, CRP is dedicated to raising awareness of disability issues and advocating for the rights of people with disabilities. The vision of CRP is to ensure the inclusion of girls and boys, women and men with disabilities into mainstream society, while its mission is to promote an environment where all individuals with disabilities have equal access to health, rehabilitation, education, employment, the physical environment, and information.


Executive Committee of AFCRP

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Mr. Muhammad Zaman

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Mrs. Hosne Ara Begum

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Ms. Anna Chowdhury

General Secretary
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Dr. Munir Shajahan

Vice President
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Mrs. Tabassum Chowdhury

Additional Secretary
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Mr. Abul Kalam Azad

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Mrs. Nibraj Parveen

Cultural Secretary