01. River Basin Programme (RBP): MMS is implementing the River Basin Program in Chowhali Upazila of Sirajgonj district since 1997 through a long-term partnership with OXFAM-GB. At present its 4th phase is ongoing, which has started in 2004. The 4th phase of RBP has been developed on the basis of lessons learned through previous phases to reduce the vulnerability of the poorest community, increase disaster preparedness capacity, improve livelihood opportunity, change policy and practices to vulnerability and improves relief and rehabilitation for the char dwellers. The present RBP has been designed for (2004-2007) years. MMS covered 58 villages of 7 unions under Chowhali upazila in this phase.
02. Flood Proofing Project (FPP)
03. SHOUHARDO (Strengthening Household Abilities to Respond to Development Opportunities):
MMS has taken the initiative to consolidate its experience and skill to work more effectively for disaster management under SOUHARDO Program to reduce food insecurity for the poor and vulnerable peoples. The project area is 60 villages of 15 unions of 03 upazila under Sirajgonj district. The 03 Upazilas are Siarjgonj Sadar, Shahjadpur and Chowhali under Sirajgonj District. Poorest households within the intervention areas of the project are the Primary Stakeholders of SHOUHARDO program. Implementing NGO, CBOs, Groups, Committees, Volunteers, Local Leaders, Local Govt. and service providers at upazila and district levels are included as secondary stakeholder.
04. End Violence Against Women (EDVAW): Manab Mukti Sangstha (MMS) has given emphasis on women empowerment and women rights issue in its development activities since its inception. Gender development is a cross cutting issue incorporated in all the programs/projects of MMS. End Violence Against Women (EDVAW) is funded by OXFAM-GB to empower the awareness, mobilize and involve the community to prevent the violence against women. The project is being implemented in 57 villages of 8 unions under the upazila of Sirajgonj Sadar, Belkuchi and Chowhali.
05. Narir Khamatawona Adhiker Shangrakhan Project (NKAS): In addition to the End Violence Against Women Project MMS implemented “Narir Khomotayone Adhikar Sangrakkan”- NKAS (Women empowerment through establishment of their rights) Project under the financial assistance of Manusher Jonno (MJ). The goal of the project is to reduce violence against women and gender discrimination in family and community level. All members of the organized groups of MMS, poor family members in the community, especially household head, housewives, adolescents and disabled are the primary stakeholders of the project. Project Staff, Local level GO/NGO officials, local elite, civil society members, Like-minded NGO, Male/female members of the Union Parishad etc
06. Char Livelihood Programme-CLP
Project Duration: August’ 2011 to March’2016
Funding agency: GOB, Aus Aid & UK Aid.
Focused area: The project focuses on assets building and create livelihood options, providing infrastructure, encouraging social development, offering social protection, promoting enterprise, improving access to health and education, innovation, monitoring and learning process.
Stakeholders: Hardcore poor, widow, divorcee, disable, UPs and local administration.
Covered beneficiaries: During reporting period total 4986 families have been benefited those who are hardcore poor-owning no homestead land and having no access to agricultural or productive land. All the beneficiaries were organized into 655 groups, each group was formed by 20-30 members where 225 were social development groups, 419 VSLA, 11 milk producer association, and 380 model poultry farmers and fodder producers.
Covered area: The project has been implemented in 71 villages of 10 unions of Nagorpur, Tangail Sadar, Kalihati & Bhuapur upazila under Tangail district.
Major components: Core participants Group, village development committee and Adolescent group formation, provide training on social awareness for hygiene behavior change intervention and social problems, homestead plinth raising, assets transfer, nutrition education, homestead gardening, fodder cultivation, poultry and milk production, market linkage, primary health care and family planning, tub-well and latrine installation, cash stipend and social safety net, support emergency grant, provide capacity building (training) of target beneficiaries.
- Almost 4986 beneficiaries have been crossed the ultra poor level in terms of livelihoods improvement, health and sanitation situation, awareness building, infrastructure development and primary health care.
- All households are now free from disaster risk along with security of their poultry, cattle and other domestic assets.
- Reduced diseases and death of pregnant mother and new born babies through effective implementation of primary health care activities.
- Different types of vegetables are being produced round the year, and increased intake of micro-nutrient and rich food.
- Increased women access to family decision making process, increase mobility, develop relationship between her husband in a satisfactory level.
07. Resilience through Economic Empowerment and Climate Adaptation, Leadership, Learning-REECALL
Project Duration: April 2010-March 2012 Funding agency: Oxfam-GB
Focused area: The project focuses on climate change adaptation, women empowerment, alternative leadership among target beneficiaries and market linkage.
Stakeholders: Hardcore poor, poor, widow, divorcee, disable, UPs and local administration
Covered beneficiaries: During reporting period total 1500 families have been covered those who are hardcore poor and poor.
Covered area: The project has covered 3 unions of Sirajganj Sadar and Chowhali upazila under Sirajganj district.
Major components: CBO formation, participatory community risk assessment, homestead raising, poultry, goat and cow rearing, homestead gardening, farming and off-farming activities, tube well and latrine installation, as well as awareness raising and capacity building of target beneficiaries.
- Almost 200 households are free from disaster risks. Their poultry, cattle and other domestic assets are safe now.
- Increased vegetable production at household level round the year, and pp- vegetable consumption.
- CBOs are doing advocacy with local government and other service providing agencies for quality services as well as leading the community
- Developed skilled volunteers who are now providing livestock and agriculture services, disseminating early warning message during disaster.
Project name : Promoting Rights & Accessibility of the Ultra Poor in Char lands areas through Democratic Local Governance (PRADG) Project
Project Duration : 30 Months (May,2013 to October,2015)
Funding agency : European Union
Focused area :
- Access to justice,
- Effective service delivery for ultra-poor
- Reduce human rights violations developing leadership and empowering the ultra-poor people.
- Local Governance
28000 ultra poor Household (Approximately 154000 people, including women, religious minorities and person with disabilities). In addition 435 local Government representative, 150 civil Society representatives, 50 Education institute, 96 Civil Society Action Group, 90 Ultra Poor Group and other relevant stakeholders.
Covered beneficiaries: 28000 ultra poor Household
Covered area : 05 Upazila (Kazipur,Chouhali,Belkuchi,Sirajganj Sadar and Shahzadpur) in Sirajganj District
Major components: Local Governance
- 41 CSAGs are strongly functional and 34 CSAGs are moderately functional to protect the rights of ultra-poor people in char-land
- 57% ultra-poor people have information on accessible local services.
- 77% of most vulnerable people (from 230 HHs) gains skills and off them 58 people potentially utilised their skills to gains improved livelihood
- 57% of ultra-poor HHs (16,019) have linked with alternative supports/services for better lives and livelihood;
25% (4000 HHs) are being economically self-reliance and 12% (2000 HHs) are in process to be self-reliance.
09.Vulnerability to Resilience-V2R Pluse :
MMS has been implementing V2R project with the technical and financial assistance of Practical Action under 06 unions of Belkuchi, Tarash and Sadar Upazila under Sirajgonj District and covered 1250 family and all the beneficaireis were organzied into 12 CBO’s where 750 are hardcore poor and 500 are porr and marginalized family and project duration April 2009-March 2014. The project focuses on disaster preparedness, livestock, agriculture, firm and off-firm activities, agro-processing, infrastructure development, water and sanitation, and entrepreneurship development. Major components: Group and CBO formation, participatory community risk assessment, homestead raising, poultry, goat and cow rearing, homestead gardening, agro-processing, farming and off-farming activities, tube well and latrine installation, evacuation, distribution of boat ambulance to CBOs as well as awareness raising and capacity building of target beneficiaries.
10. TAM TAM:
Project name : People Centered Interactive Risk and Livelihood Information Gateway (TamTam-2)
Project Duration : June 2014 to December 2015
Funding agency : Cordaid, Netherlands
Focused area : Flood Early Warning Dissemination through voice SMS, training, Awareness building,
Stakeholders : Selected volunteers, Union Digital Centre, Char Digital Centre, Local Government Institutions, Local Government Administration, BWDB and Flood vulnerable chars dwellers.
Covered beneficiaries : 40000 HHs
Covered area : Rajapur union in Belkuchi Upazila/ Ghorzan, Baghutia and Umarpur union in Chowhali Upazila under Sirajgonj district. Bahadurabad union in Dewangonj upazila under Jamalpur district.
Major components : Volunteers develop, Gauge reader develop Training, Water gauge install, Water level collection Flood Early Warning and Voice SMS dissemination
Change/Result : After getting flood early warning community people taken decision for Early crop harvest, Pond nettings for control fish escape, Cattle shift to raise area and stored dry food & fuel.
11. Survivors Network for Prevention and Better Inclusion (SNPBI)
With the financial and technical assistance of ASF MMS has been implementing SNPBI Project form 2012 and project would be continued up to 2014. The projects focused on Mainstreaming acid survivors within the society, reduce acid violence by reactivating local administration and mass awareness. Acid survivors, local administration, journalist and public prosecutors are main stakeholder under this project. Total 162 acid survivor families are being benefited from this project. The project has covered 7 upazilas of Sirajganj district. and major components are Mass awareness raising against acid violence, treatment, IGA supports, national and regional conference, advocacy with district administration, journalist and other professionals as well as social mobilization against acid violence.
12. Amar Odhikar Campaign
Project Duration: 2012- 2015 Funding agency: AOC
Focused area: The project focuses on quality education
Stakeholders: Students, Teachers, SMC and guardians
Covered area: Sadar Upazila in Sirajgonj
Major components: Workshop on syllabi and materials reviewing, signature campaign on quality primary education, awareness raising and capacity building of SMC, teachers and guardians.
Outcomes/results: To be updated.
13. Rural Employment Opportunities for Public Assets -REOPA
Project Duration: 2007-2010
Funding agency: UNDP & EC
Focused area: The project focuses on creation job opportunities of ultra poor women through maintaining public assets, savings fund raising, awareness raising and capacity building, promoting enterprise and market linkage.
- Socio-economic and food security of the REOPA project individual beneficiaries are improved and sustained.
- Social, economic and environmental conditions of rural communities, especially of the poor, are improved through pro-poor investments.
Stakeholders: Distressed women, widow, divorcee, UPs and local administration
Staffing: Total staff are 27, where male 24 and female 3.
Covered beneficiaries: Total 5166 families have been benefited from the project those who are hardcore poor specially widow, and divorcee. All the beneficiaries were organized into 164 groups, each group formed by 30-33 members, and for smooth implementation of project activities each group divided into three small groups taking 10-11 members.
Covered area: The project has been implementing covering all 82 unions and 9 upazilas of Sirajgonj district.
Major component: Group formation, maintenance of earthen roads, markets and other public assets, life skills and capacity building training, savings fund raising, facilitate to selecting suitable IGA for each WCG and develop them as entrepreneur, block grant and basic service delivery, develop livestock service providers and TBAs.
Changed: Most of the beneficiary households have been crossed the ultra poor level in terms of livelihoods, health, sanitation, and infrastructures development. Each WCG of first cycle has already started IGA and has become able to maintain their family with cloths, medicine, and reading cost. Now they take 3 mails with micro-nutrients rich foods, as well as have increased their dignity in the community and access to UP, agriculture, livestock, and other service providing agencies.
14. Enhance Resilience (ER) Programme-ERP
Project Duration: 2008-2011
Funding agency: WFP and LGED
Focused area: The project focuses on enabling ultra poor households/ communities to enhance their life skills, increase resilience capacities to natural disaster by creating human and physical assets, savings fund raising, and promoting enterprise and market linkage.
Improve household/ community based infrastructure by ultra poor to minimize the negative impact of natural hazards through promotional economic activities.
- Provide social awareness training to improve quality of life and develop knowledge of the ultra poor community on their basic live factors including disaster preparedness and response.
- Provide income generation/entrepreneurship skill training to the ultra poor for the initiation of income-earning activities.
Stakeholders: Distressed women, widow, divorcee, Ups, LGED and local administration
Staffing: Total staff are 52, where male 48 and female 4.
Covered beneficiaries: Total 12000 families have been benefited from the project those who are hardcore poor specially widow, and divorcee. All the beneficiaries have been organized into 392 groups, each group formed by 27-30 members.
Covered area: The project has been implementing covering total 24 unions where 16 unions in Sirajgonj and 8 unions in Pabna district.
Major component: Group formation, food for assets and food for training, life skills and capacity building training, savings fund raising, facilitate to selecting suitable IGA and develop them as entrepreneurs.
Changed: Most of the beneficiary households have been crossed the ultra poor level in terms of livelihoods, health, sanitation, and infrastructures development. Each of first cycle has already started IGA and has become able to maintain their family with food, cloths, medicine and now they take 3 mails with micro-nutrients rich foods, as well as have increased their dignity in the community and access to UP, agriculture, livestock, and other service providing agencies.