BASD’s Present Project Activities
1. Capacity Enhancement and Resource Integration for Area Resilience (CERIAR):
This program was launched in Banishanta (Dacope) in 2005 and later shifted in Mongla (Bagerhat) with the financial assistance of TEAR Australia. The main activities are capacity building and phase over of the 60 Self Help Groups (SHG), Networks of Mongla, Chilla and Changpai Unions, livelihood development, climate change adaptation, child development
2. Women Capacity Building:
Microcredit for Mothers (MvM) helps women in Bangladesh to set up their own business through small loans, the opportunity to save and professional, entrepreneurial and leadership trainings. This is program is being implemented in Dacope, Khulna within 100 poor women with the financial assistance of Mothers for Microcredit, a Netherlands based Donor Organization.
3. Women for Economic Empowerment and Climate Action in Satkhira WEECAS:
This is a 3 years Ecovillage and Permaculture based program activities starting from 2021 – 2023 for implementing among 5,000 poor women of 25 villages of Shyamnagor and Kaligonj Upozilas of Satkhira District funded by UK Aid in joint Parternership of with Gaia Education and BASD. Main activities are social, ecological and economical development through 50 Self Help Groups and 200 Change Makers who will be trained on Sustainable Community Design, agro-ecology and various skills.
4. Rohinga Refugee and Host Community Assistance Project:
This is a permaculture based program funded by Quaker Service Australia for 5,000 Rohinga Refugees & Bengali host community people in Ukhiya (Cox’s Bazar).
5. Refugee Assistance and Host Community Project:
This is permaculture based program, funded by Lush Fund (UK) for 6 months for 5,000 Rohinga Refugees and Bengali host community people in Ukhiya (Cox’s Bazar).
6. Permaculture Design, Rohinga Refugees and Host Communities:
From 2018 to 2020, 125 Rohinga Refugee and Host Community women and youths were trained on Permaculture design started Permaculture gardens in Camps No. 13, 19, 4 and in 8 villages of Rajapalong and Palongkhali Unions. Each of the trainees shared learning to 50 persons whom were given vegetable seeds for cultivation. Within 2 -3 months of the training, the above Camps and villages became green, plenty of vegetables and still now, most of the trainees are continued practicing the learning. Local GO-NG) Representative, leaders and other communities were impressed and much encouraged.
You can see part of the Trainees in the Camps and Villages, doing waste management, composting, cultivating vegetables – in open spaces, hanging on fences, roof top, bottle gardening etc. Trainees and the communities are thankful to the Facilitators - Rosemary, Ruth, Zed, Jyoti, Ajit, Ershard, Sumon, Mary and to Lush and QSA donors.
7. Disaster Preparedness:
This program is a permaculture based program for leaders, teachers, students, farmers and community people. Community are taught and inspired for practicing the following some basic disaster adaptation techniques (DAT) for saving lives and materials. DATs are - 4-5 feet high floor and lower house for living, kitchen, toilet and cow’s room, tying 4 corners of house ceiling, emergency clay pitchers, home bank, hanging vegetable garden, life jacket etc.
8. Micro Credit – Self Reliance Program -1, 2, 3, 4, 5:
Being implementing in Narayangonj, Moulovi Bazar, Sunamgonj and Khulna districts among 266 savings groups, 4419 members who has 1,85,37,978 savings deposited, total 3,73,32,91Tk. is being revolving.
9. Permaculture works:
BASD is greatly concerned about environment, nature care, climate change adaptation and mitigation. For strengthening the initiatives, BASD started developing 110 villages transforming into Permaculture and Ecovillages in Dacope (Khulna) and Monga (Bagerhat), Ukhiya (Cox’s Bazar) and Srimongal (Moulovibazar). With the inspiration of BASD a number of NGOs started Permaculture works in the country and together with BASD developed a Networks (Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Networks – C-MAN). BASD is progressing and implementing transforming of 1,000 villages into Permaculture and Ecovillages within next 5 years.
10. Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and Ecovillage Design Education (EDE):
BASD is regularly is time to time conducting 10 days of PDC (Permaculture Design Course) and 20 days of EDE (Ecovillage Design Education) in the country from 2005. Till now, BASD conducted 12 PDCs and 6 EDEs in the country and 450 leaders, farmers, students, teachers, GO-NGO Personnel are trained and working in different parts the country.
11. Education and Research Program:
BASD has children assistance program in different schools, institutions and communities of Mongla, Dacope and Srimongal. BASD implemented education program during 1995 – 2008 and children education assistance program from 2009 – 2018 in Mongla, Dacope and Srimongal. BASD has started joint Research programs with NGO and Educational Institutions on climate resilience, food security, disaster adaptation.
12. Water and Sanitation Programs:
From 1995 - 2020 BASD has been working for water and sanitation with integrated approaches in different communities like Srimongal, Sunamgonj, Araihazar, Mongla, Banishatna and Sutarkhali. Activities are – Helping communities with pit latrines, tube wells, pond sand filters and village based pond / cannel re-excavation for washing, irrigation and drinking by boiling.
13. Network and BASD’s Engagement:
BASD keeps communication, maintains Networking and implement activities in Partnership with GO-NGOs, Educational Institutions and Experts from 1991. It has Networking in different Upozilas and Districts and national based in the country. BASD has presently active Networking with GENO (Srilanka), GEN (Scotland), RE-Alliance (UK), Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Network (C-MAN) and DAWN (Dhaka).
Previous Remarkable Project (2013-2017)
1. Gaia Education, BASD and Cifal Scotland Partnership BCEC Project, funded by Scottish Government:
Building Capacity and Empowering Communities towards Climate Change Project was implemented in partnership with Gaia Education, Cifal Scotland and Bangladesh Association for Sustainable Development (BASD), funded by the Scottish Government from 2013 -2017, were been implemented in 60 villages of Dacope (Khulna) and Mongla (Bagerhat).
This project aimed to improve sustainable food security and livelihood development through capacity building, empowerment of poor women and climate change adaptation strategies and interventions. The Result were Permaculture Design Course (PDC) trained up 120 people, Design for Sustainable Development in Bangladesh (DSSB) trained up 50 people, more than 50 projects were implemented on aquaculture, organic gardening, animal husbandry, fishery, vermin composting, nursery and marketing where more than 392 people were employed. There 100 demonstration on Climate Change Adaptation Techniques houses. More than 20 families from each of 60 villages started permaculture design works whose income increased from per month Tk 3000 to Tk. 5000.
2. Transform Aid International and BASD joint Partnership Program: Building Capacity and Empowerment Communities project was continuing at Banishata Union of Dacope Upozila of Khulna District from 2005 to 2019 with the funding of Transform Aid International, Australia. The main activities were capacity building and phase over of the 44 Self Help Groups (SHG), Networks livelihood development, climate change adaptation, child development.
Self Help Groups and the Networks are phased out. The Network leaders and members are active, they stated different financial, social disaster adaptation activities which are running well.