SagarikaSamajUnnayanSangstha (SSUS) is a prominent local based organization working for the at risk people of Noakhali Coastal areas. SSUS was established after the devastating cyclone hit in the 1970’s. After its establishment SSUS has been working on Disaster risk reduction of coastal areas. SSUS received its first fund from Oxfam in 1987 for some training programs on capacity building of both staffs and beneficiaries. SSUS started its activities within the various chars of the mainland named Charbata, Char Laxmi, Char Jublee, Char Jabber, Char Majid, Char Mohiuddin, and Char Moradona. SSUS worked in these areas for people’s capacity building; disaster awareness; helped the people to get land settlement; various livelihood supports; interest loans etc. It is remarkable that SSUS was the key role player of the Khas land distribution process of char Majid and Char Moradona.CDSP IV
SSUS participated in CDSP’s previous phases with beneficiary trainings, input support, and networking with service providing agencies.In CDSP IV SSUS has been implementing a micro finance loan programme,wichtargeted people/households for their income generation through various sustainable productive and non-productive but income increasing activities, and various alternative options of income projects.
More background information on SSUS can be found on http://sagarika-bd.org/.
DwipUnnayanSangstha (DUS) is a philanthropic organization which is based at Hatiya Island under Noakhali district since 1971. DUS initial aim was to help the victims of the great Liberation War of 1971 and the devastating 1970’s cyclone affected communities focusing on relief and recovery. DUS has started as an informal volunteer initiative, which took an organizational structure in the year 1982. Its objective is to alleviate poverty; enhance empowerment of the poor; establish human rights of the underserved community; promote essential health care services, disaster related education and socio-economic development of the inhabitants of coastal area. DUS now has become a potential and trusted indigenous NGO based in the coastal district of Noakhali, located at the mid coastal region of Bangladesh. DUS is addressing most of the upazillas under Noakhali district along with Hatiya, Nizumdwip, Ramgoti&Monpura island.CDSP IV
DUS has been implementing CDSP projects under Noakhali District since 2001 with financial and technical support from GoB and the Netherlands Government. According to the CDSP IV program plan, DUS is responsible for organizing and conducting training and awareness sessions for the group members, local government authorities, and elites regarding human rights and different laws. The program also observed the important days related to rights like human rights day, women day, children day etc. Additionally the program aims to get secure land title for the poor landless dwellers. DUS is also charged to assist with identifying parcels of land and their current occupiers for their land entitlements.
More background information on DUS can be found on http://www.dusbangladesh.org/.
BRAC, starting out as a limited relief operation in 1972 in a remote village of Bangladesh has turned into the largest development organization in the world. Organizing the poor using communities’ own human and material resources, BRAC (formerly Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee) catalyses lasting change, creating an ecosystem in which the poor have the chance to seize control of their own lives. BRAC does this with a holistic development approach geared toward inclusion, using tools like microfinance, education, healthcare, legal services, community empowerment and more. Our work now touches the lives of an estimated 135 million people, with staff and BRAC-trained entrepreneurs numbering in the hundreds of thousands, a global movement bringing change to 12 countries in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.CDSP IV
People living in inaccessible pockets are facing numerous problems and they are becoming increasingly marginalized and isolated. People living in chars, especially women, are largely unaware of their rights and entitlements, which limits their agency and does not allow them to raise their voices. BRAC’s strategy for 2011 to 2015 sets the organization’s programmatic goal around achievement of MDGs with focus on reaching the most marginalized, neglected communities and areas of extreme deprivation. BRAC assists with providing essential services to support poverty reduction that cannot be supported by government agencies at this early stage of development in CDSP areas; providesmicrofinance services to enable the poor to take advantage of an improved environment and infrastructure, and support government agencies to implement CDSP IV, including clean water and sanitation, and promoting human rights and legal awareness, especially for women.
More background information on BRAC can be found on http://www.brac.net/.
SDI was established in 1993 by a group of likeminded development workers who were driven to address the social maladies with a vision of realizing the human potential of the disadvantaged and powerless, alienated from the economic and institutional resources. SDI is a platform that has drawn NGO professionals to it who have adopted social development as their life goals. SDI is a midlevel national NGO involved in the poverty alleviation of the people of Bangladesh with its limited capacity. SDI’s mission is sustainable development, a society where all people will have equal opportunities and access to resource to realize their human potentials and quality of life aspirations. SDI’s mission is to trigger a self-empowerment process whereby the poor and powerless can take charge of their ownself-actualization agenda and participation in the decision making process affecting their lives.CDSP IV
The SDI CDSP IV project is implemented in 20 villages, 5 unions in 3 Upazilas with 4158 households. The landless, distressed poor people settled in the Nangulia Char and Urir Char are the participants of the project. Most of the inhabitants in chars are migrants, originating from different coastal areas that were eroded, and thus their food and livelihood security is vulnerable. SDI is active in a wide range of activities. Base-line surveys are conducted, support of microfinance group formation and capacity building, health and family planning, water and sanitation program, homestead agriculture and value chain development, legal and human rights program, and awareness raising on disaster management and climate change.
More background information on SDI can be found on http://www.sdi.org.bd/.