Rehabilitation of Women Children of SIDR Affected area (RWC project) by Brotee
NABIC with the help of Brotee, a Dhaka based NGO, has undertaken a comprehensive rehabilitation project in cyclone Sidr affect area of Shatkhira. This project is located in a remote area named Dumuria near Shundarban. At first glance, one can see lack of civilized facilities in the area. The Sidr really left these people devastated and not much done for the normal life style of the local inhabitants.
Brotee’s approach to rural development has been on the principles of partnership rather than Patron – Client or Benefactor – Beneficiary relationship. It is also based on the principle that local resources have to be harnessed and local employment has to be generated. This approach results in the following:
- It brings all the ‘poorest’ into economic activation through cooperatives of the poor (especially youth cooperatives of the poor).
- It brings all poor women into economic activation through the women’s cooperatives.
- Since every cooperative acquires some savings, it is able to make an equity contribution in any business plan.
- This enables the total ‘poor’ population to earn better income and even become self employed. For many they are able to regain their lost livelihood.
- These cooperatives become village financing institutions of the poor, by the poor and for the poor.
The Four major outcome of this projects are:
(1) Clean pond campaign for safe water
8 reservoirs/ponds preserved and water filters installed (PSF) from which 5500 people, children and women, now have access to clean water. These ponds are partially maintained by the community
(2) Child adoption program
Increased social, educational, nutritional security of 260 children from two villages, whereas 70 children were retained although. Among the children, 23 were physically challenged, 66 without fathers, 10 without mother, 14 with no parents and were from the 26 extremely poor families. 37 children were from families where the fathers had left them; 14 children from families with physically challenged parents.
(3) Village Based Enterprise and Employment (Livelihood recovery)
149 female and 141 male cyclone affected people are micro entrepreneurs (290). Lesson learnt: micro revolving fund is less effective than providing time bound ‘incubation’ support to set up small business for livelihood recovery
(4) Village mobilization for community support to the project
About 155 extreme poor families brought into under this project. Team of youth volunteers of 102 girls & boys are trained with an agenda for social action, organizing children, running voluntary schools, mobilizing the poor to resist poverty, build ‘climate’ preparedness in the village to enable better adaptation. They have started a process of saving, investing and earning. About 261 youth taking social actions against dowry, child marriage, violence against women, water logging and salivation and campaign for total literacy. 7 informal schools run by youth volunteers where 500 marginal children study of which 125 drop outs returned to school. 200 children receive pre primary schooling and 6 adult learning centers run by youth volunteers where 365 adults learn.
To date, NABIC has provided a fund of $160,000 to this project.
Every year through different NGOs NABIC is sponsoring winter relief efforts to the severe cold weather affected areas, mainly northern part of Bangladesh. Since 1997 to date NABIC has provided over $150,500 to various emergency relief and rehabilitation projects in Bangladesh.
Ground Water purification by Brotee
This project is located in a remote area near Chapainabgang. The village is in real need of huge support from Government. This project was initiated by the NGO named Brotee who are maintaining the pure water quality and currently having 400 customers but they need 600 customers to have this project cost effective. The NGOs are offering loans for the connection fees and monthly payments to make the water more popular among the local people. The aim of the project was to make water arsenic free and NABC got lot of positive feedback from the beneficiaries. The quality of the water is very good now and the beneficiaries are very satisfied and didn’t have any complain in terms of having disease or getting sick. The project is successful in terms of producing pure water and available for the local people. NABIC has provided $60,000 for this project.
NUSRA Relief joined collaboration with IMANA and ORCA
Immediately aftermath of cyclone Sidr NABIC has donated $6,000 to NUSRA for relief supplies in Patuakhali and $25,000 to chief advisors relief fund. NABIC and Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA) jointly provided $50,000 to Old Rajshahi Cadet Association (ORCA) to build 69 houses in the Cyclone affected areas of Patuakhali.
Karmirhath Cluster Village
The cluster village is close to 45 minutes away from the locality, which does not have proper transportation system. With Karmirhath, NABIC sponsored a cluster village project in Gaibandha for homeless families. The cluster village is close to 45 minutes away from the locality which consists of 25 houses with one Masjid. Still there are many homeless families. NABIC provided $7,000 to finish this project.