Tag: South Asia
Norwegian Church Aid works with people and organisations around the world in their struggle to eradicate poverty and injustice. We help those whose needs are greatest, regardless of ethnicity, creed, political or religious affiliation.
Barakupot Ganochetona Foundation (BGF) is a non government organisation which works to empower the poor, less-fortunate and powerless people through various activities such as training, non formal education, revolving micro credit, water-aid, sanitation, environmental up-gradation, emergency relief and rehabilitation. The organisation assists poor communities to realise their due rights in the society to lead an active and healthy life.
Bangladesh Human Rights and Resources Development Society (BHRRDS) is a non-profitable and non-political development organisation emerged in 2004 by a number of social activists with the objective of empowering the distressed and underprivileged. It tends to work for the improvement of the quality of life of the deprived and grass-root-level vulnerability. BHRRDS strives to augment human dignity, self-respect, justice and fraternity in the process of development. It works for people’s economic sustainability emphasizing non-directive, bottom up and participatory development approach.
Though, initially AVAS was set up to ensure Women’s right & Leadership, at present the organization is conducting the activities like Safe Water Supply & Sanitation, Preserving Rights for Women & Children, Legal Aid Support and Education, Literacy Education for the Underprivileged, Reproductive Health Education for Adolescents, HIV/AIDS and STI Prevention, Preserving Civic, Human & Child Rights, Combating Violence Against Women & Children, Strengthening Local Government Institutions etc. At present AVAS is being counted as the reputed, accountable and sincere organization in Barisal region. The organization has its Branch Offices in all the districts of Barisal division including the remote and char areas. The organization is equipped with capable, skilled and committed manpower, adequate facilities & materials, modern information technology system.
AVAS believes in addressing integrated approach to develop the community people internally and externally. Therefore, the organization is concentrating on 05 major activities like Poverty Elimination, Legal Aid Education & Supports, Primary Health Care & Health Education, Basic Literacy & finally Environment Preservation. We strongly believe that if these major demands of the community people can be met up in an integrated way, their lifestyle will certainly turn towards positive and only a positive lifestyle guarantees the ultimate development of individual, society as well as the community.
(R)Evolution Let’s Change Now! (RLCN) works towards climate change mitigation, wildlife conservation and awareness and social service through various platforms and initiatives. It undertakes mitigation measures at the ground level and also makes its presence felt at the international level.
Vaagdhara visualizes a socially just, technologically improved and democratic society, free from ignorance, hunger, fear and exploitation where poor and marginalized have equal opportunity and rightful share of resources, information and development process.
To catalyze and facilitate development processes in a “rights framework” by investing in both organizing local communities and engaging with governance apparatus and creating synergy between traditional knowledge and technological advancement for securing long term well being of people in tribal south (Rajasthan).
Although Vaagdhara looks at itself primarily as a grassroots development agency, it also engages itself in the processes taking place at state and national levels, as it believes that in this era the local developments issues can not be addressed in isolation of meso and macro level processes.
The major objectives of the organisation as enshrined in its MoA are:
- To address issues relating to equitable natural resource management and livelihoods, with a focus on hunger and food sovereignty, access to water and forest produce
- Organizing and supporting activities towards promotion of bio-diversity, ecology and environmental protection and conservation
- Action research and undertaking pilots on specific issues which could be lead to knowledge and skill building on the issues including education, health and gender
- To promote networking and policy advocacy around the issues which have a wide ramification, and as such require interventions at meso and macro levels.
Voice of South Bangladesh is a non-political nongovernment organization. The objective of this organization is to bring a positive change in the society through undertaken different development activities.
Society for People’s Actions in Change and Equity (SPACE) is a Not-for-Profit organization founded in July 2003 by a group of socially committed men and women having long experience in development programs and working with poor section of people have founded SPACE. Besides, strong human feelings of its founders to the poor people, especially, to the destitute children and women who suffer from extreme poverty and hunger, various diseases and malnutrition, uneven death of neonate, infant and children caused by ignorance, diarrheal diseases and various health problems, lack of equal distribution of resources, class-confliction, gender discrimination and inadequate capacities morally obligated founders in establishing SPACE.
It envisages a poverty and hunger-free society where all children and women enjoy healthy living, equal opportunities, human dignity and security. It dedicates to contribute in reducing rate of mortality, morbidity and improving livelihood status of underprivileged poor deprived children in Bangladesh.
SPACE works with children and women whose lives are dominated by extreme poverty, illiteracy, disease, effects of inequalities and climate vulnerabilities. However, underprivileged children and women including adolescent from all castes with especial focus to outcastes, socially excluded and ethnic minority groups; culturally bound occupational communities, street dwellers and working children living in the hard to reach rural and urban areas of Bangladesh.
SPACE envisages a hunger-free country where all children, adolescents and women lead a better life with improved health, resources, human dignity and security.
SPACE is a Not-for-Profit People’s Centered development organization strives to enrich the lives of underprivileged poor children and women through reducing mortality and morbidity caused by ignorance, superstition, diarrheal diseases, mal-nutrition, food insecurity, lack of sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) followed by right based approaches. SPACE enables them to be empowered and self-reliant by strengthening capacities in sustainable solutions of their problems towards poverty and hunger-free better life by their own initiatives.
Equality, Education, Empowerment and Environment are the four pillars of SEED fort and we are constantly working in these areas since last two decades. Our present challenge is to fight the climate change effect in our work area in Sundarban’s Sagar Island. To make the community understand the consequence and reasons of this continuous climate change process, we are educating the people from lower strata there.
Continuing their support to the Oraon tribe, the organisation approached Tribal Welfare department, Government of West Bengal, Urban Land Reforms department, Government of West Bengal and Calcutta Municipal Corporation. The organisation fought for establishing the land right of the tribe but sidewise they started educating the whole family of the tribes so that they become self-dependent. They conducted night schools for the elder members with the help of eminent local people, senior citizens and some Community Based Organisations (CBOs). Once the mothers of the kids understood the value of education, they started sending their children to the school.These lines of Mother Teresa, an epitome of love and care, brought together some renowned professionals of South Kolkata (West Bengal), who had a spark to serve the society in all possible way. In the mid-90s, the group noticed the problems of the Oraon Tribes living in their locality Naktala. A small group of the tribe was staying there for years in a vested land. When the local land speculators noticed the rising market price of the land, they aimed at selling this land illegally for commercial purposes. The poor illiterate tribal people had no idea about their rights so fell helpless. With an aim to help this community, in 1995, these enthusiastic minds from different strata of the society formed a small organisation named “Naktala Centre for Socio-Economic Reform and Environmental Conservation” that will work for people, with the people and by the people. Developmental consultants and renowned social workers joined hands and thus the organisation was registered in 1996 under the West Bengal Society Registration Act 1961.
Apart from educating the Oraon tribe of Naktala, the organisation worked on their healthy sanitation process and managed safe drinking water facility, ration card, voter card and birth certificate. Finally in 1998, the efforts of the organisation were paid in the form of the tribe getting their land right. It was a great victory for the organisation also as it has been the motivation behind its coming into existence. Now, the Oraon tribes of the locality are secured socially and financially as they were trained in various handicraft works and some have gone out for work. Even their kids are regular to schools and very much part of the civil society.
Here are some renowned stalwarts, who motivated and supported the organisation in this noble cause- Late Dr. LK Banerjee (Former Joint Director, Botanical Survey of India), Dr. Amalendu Bandopadhyay (Former Director, Positional Astronomy Centre, Government of India), Professor Subal Chandra Saha (Former Principal, Government Arts College), Dr. Samar Bagchi (Former Director, Birla Industrial Technological Musueum, Government of India), Dr Amio Kumar Hati (Former Director, School of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata), Late Dr. Subrata Sinha, former Deputy Director General, Geological Survey of India, Late Professor Jyotirmoy Dutta (Former Scientist of Bose Institute, Kolkata) and Dr. Ashish Ghosh, former Director of Zoological Survey of India.
Following this, the group started with some relief works in remote areas of South 24 Parganas and Sundarbans with the support of different local administrative bodies. Apart from guiding in biodiversity and environmental issues, Dr Ghosh also participated in various eco-development camps with the team. Gradually, the service of the group came to the notice of people of different segments, local formal organizations as well as the Government. Appreciation started pouring in adding to the energy level of the volunteer team.
In 2001, finally SEED (Society for Socio Economic and Ecological Development) was born, when the organisation was renamed. With the help of local community members and different Community based organisations, SEED started fund raising activities for various developmental initiatives. The organisation developed a platform for various social action programmes to alleviate social and economic problems of the people of different regions of West Bengal especially in the peri-urban and remote rural areas.
However, the first significant project of SEED was on ‘Environmental awareness mapping programme’ in the KMC ward No 100, which was sponsored by ‘West Bengal Pollution Control Board’ in 1999. The project was accomplished with the maximum involvement of the local people and local CBOs.
The second project was a humble attempt on finding out ‘Problems and prospects regarding formation of SHGs (Self Help Groups) among rag pickers in East Kolkata’.This project was sponsored by CARE India, another national level development organisation.
The next project in ‘East Kolkata Wetland area’ was totally self-funded. The aim of the project was to work on the vulnerable communities of the area, support in their development and education. The main purpose was to organise a campaign to declare it as a protected area. It also aimed at biodiversity conservation, wetland conservation and livelihood development.
Henceforth, there was no looking back and SEED continued to work for the people to bring about a positive change.