A group of Freedom Fighters of the Liberation War of Bangladesh led by Md. Rafiqul Alam devoted themselves for the service of humanity in the Hatiya Island, which was devastated and ravaged by war of 1971. The group initially activated themselves with benevolence and as a philanthropic organization without much of official identity. It had taken the name of Dwip Unnayan Songstha (DUS), a Bangla sentence, whose literal transliteration is “Island Development Association” of Bangladesh.
DUS initially began its social service to support the victims of the Liberation War of 1971 and also the devastating cyclone of 1970, which affected thousands of households and their philanthropic activities mainly focused on providing relief to the devastated humanity and also to support them in recovering from their plight. This informal voluntary initiative had taken an organizational shape with formal recognition during 1982.
DUS mandated to alleviate poverty, empower the community, establish human rights, promote essential health care, disaster related education and socio-economic development of the poorest people of costal area. DUS now has been established itself as a potential and trusted indigenous NGO based in the offshore island of Hatiya of Noakhali district, which is located almost at the mid coastal region of Bangladesh. It has covered each and every upazilla under Noakhali district along with Hatiya & Nizhum Dwip as well as few upazillas of Pirozpur, Laxmipur and Bhola District.