Diverse community development plan
About the Implementing organization
Name: Grameen Development and Poverty Alleviation Sangstha ( GDPAS )
Year of establishment: 1997
Type of organization: Community-based association or organization / Legally recognized non-profit status
1. Women Empowerment,: We have successfully undertaking vulnerable group development project supported by Bangladesh Government Department of Woman & Child Affairs for rural disadvantaged women for their empowerment and gender equality. GDPAS has long ranging experience to work for these of rural vulnerable women groups as we have been organizing them them for their institution building, social inclusion as well as empowerment. In this project our approach not limited to the project usual planned intervention rather we hold them as of follow-up intervention to other components of our income generating and marketing support which is innovative
2. Poverty Alleviation: For rural poverty alleviation, our micro-credit program for sustainable income generation, which mainly target our organized poor rural women groups mainly based on interventions like skill development, marketing development training to group women and as we contribute loan, they start to generate sustainable income rapidly which contributes to empowerment, healthcare, as well
3. Water and Sanitation: We provide support for supply fresh drinking water by our rural group approach which enables them to get training on fresh water supply, low-cost latrine installation and we provide them loan for sinking deep tube well and install low-cost latrine with the group refund in a year
4. Social inclusion: we operate advocacy, lobbying, to authorities to preserve the rights od PWDs, BEDEs and tribal Rakhin community
Forests / Coasts / Wetlands / Rivers
Type of Action
Protection / Sustainable use / Mainstreaming into sectors / Access and benefit sharing / Pollution prevention, clean up / Awareness and education / Advocacy for land & water rights
Sustainable Development Element
Jobs and livelihoods / Food security / Water security / Disaster risk reduction / Health / Climate action
The environmental impact on our initiative mainly based on supply of fresh water and promotion of healthy sanitation by the vulnerable people living in the coastal belt region of Barisal Division, Bangladesh, which is highly vulnerable to climate change effects, salinity on the surface as well as in the underground water including arsenic poisoning, our intervention to our target mass is to aware them of these massive health hazards and how to get rid of these effects such as harvesting rainwater to be collected from dwelling house roofs and use during rainy season from the storing tank and during dry season, they can also use it from that reserve tank for 5 months when there is not raining. this type of motivation and information dissemination enable them to take proper action for water and sanitation, another motivation we provide our groups on family based waste management so that they can keep their waste in a hole when filled can close it dig another hole can plant trees there.
Sustainable Development Impacts
a) People are more skilled especially women on alternative livelihood to sustain as to adapt to climate change effects as well as generate more income from the local market sources or upgraded market sources to sell their products with more profit, thus can expand their approach to alleviate poverty, meet nutritional needs , prevention child education, prevent hazardous child labor, prevent migration, contribute to self-reliance for the target people who were in great distress because of cumulative effects of climate change.
b) People are more informed and are more facilitated to access to information of natural disaster for disaster preparedness, shelter and protection during natural disaster, and disaster risk reduction process, promotion healthcare facilities after disaster strikes,
c) Sustainable human rights, equal gender rights, girls rights as well as legal rights to most vulnerable people in this coastal belt region is ensured by continuous operation of advocacy program.
The issues of climate change effects in the coastal region of Bangladesh is not only a national concern at present but it the international concern as well well because it widely predicted most of the land on the coastal belt region of Bangladesh will be submerged under water if the necessary actions are not taken just at this moments, the great concern is already that this region is under the threat of salinity which makes the traditional livelihood process being hampered, herb, and traditional vegetation growth has already been restricted, and there huge migration to urban slums are reported in each year and as we have been working on these issues, sustainable livelihood, now national level government agencies are becoming more and more concerned and involved with the similar process as we have been intervening, as a result now more government budget are allocated, more new research are being conducted and more new policies and interventions are being adopted and activated.
Adaptation to climate change effects is not only the sole concern of Southern coastal belt level vulnerable people but for the whole world, many debates are being conducted and still Bangladesh coastal belt region is on the top of the priority to protect from climate change effects, various UN Based agencies as well as bigger international humanitarian agencies who deal with resilience issues, carbon management, alternative water management, health issues, disaster preparedness issues are more and more concerned on coastal region vulnerable people who are set to migration process which is creating additional problem for Bangladesh as well as other countries. Many countries neighboring Bangladesh adopting the same process we have already been adopted for sustainable development, gender mainstreaming, micro-credit operation for sustainable income generation, disaster risk reduction factors we have been adopting, in this manner our experience are supporting other countries.
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