• Projects of BASD

 

 

 

 

 

 

BASD’s Present Programs/Projects

1. Banishanta Union Integrated Livelihood Transformation (BUILT)

BASD launched this program at Banisanta (Khulna) in 2005 for assisting vulnerable and poor people for self reliance, capacity building and empowerment. The main activities are developing, capacity building and phase over of Self Help Groups (SHG) and Banishanta SHG Network, livelihood development, PHC, organic cultivation, Permaculture Design, Eco-village Design, climate change adaptation, development assistance of brothel girls and children. This Project is funded by Transform Aid International, Australia. This project includes 22 villages and Banishanta brothel from the beginning of the project.

2. Capacity Enhancement and Resource Integration for Area Resilience Project (CERIAR), Mongla, Bagerhat:
BASD launched this program in Banishanta (Dacope) in 2005 and later shifted in Mongla (Bagerhat) with the financial assistance of TEAR Australia. The main activities are developing, capacity building and phase over of the Self Help Groups (SHG), Networks of Mongla, Chilla and Changpai Unions, livelihood development, PHC, organic cultivation, Permaculture Design, climate change adaptation. This Project is funded by TEAR Australia. This project includes 60 wards and villages of Mongla Municipality, Chilla and Chandpai Unions.

3. Micro Finance:
Group formation is the methodology to gather poor people of the community for their common interest. The organization started saving / self help groups from 1993. These members are regularly depositing small amount of money every week. This developed savings mentality of these members. BASD provides credit support to these group members in order to improve the economic and social strength of these households so that they could move forward to get economic emancipation from the poverty and be empowered in the society. This micro finance support has in fact created self-employment opportunity and diversified the working sources. Poor people are now involved in alternative income sources and they, have self-confidence, dignity and honor in the communities. At present BASD have 379 savings / self help groups with 7202 men (572) and women (6630) in Sunamgonj, Moulovibazar, Narayangonj, Khulna and Bagerhat Districts. According to our records, 3014 families are now self reliance, sending children to school, employment opportunity created, have better and nutritious food for family members, have better house and rooms, have more domestic animals and birds, developed wealth, members’ status and empowered in the society, which they didn’t have before entering to the savings / self help groups.

4. Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and Ecovillage Design Courses (EDE):
Organization has been providing Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and Eco-village Design Courses (EDE) in view of developing education and skills of the community people for nature care and development, organic cultivation, social, economic, spiritual and climate change adaptation. This courses have been found very effective in different areas of the country. These courses included organic gardening, crop and vegetable production, composting, controlling of pesticides; specially developing ecology, sociology, economic and spirituality. BASD has been conducting these courses in the country from the year 2000 and trained more than 1500 GO-NGO personnel, farmers, teachers and other professionals in different districts like Khulna, Bagerhat, Chittagong, Bandorbon, Kurigram, Kishorgonj, Netrokuna, Gazipur, Moulovibazar, Rangpur, Mymensingh, Rajbari, Gazipur, Gaibanda etc. The result is more than 100 villages in the country started working on permaculture design and ecovillage design directly by BASD and other NGOs.

5. Bangladesh Ecovillages and Permaculture Villages:
BASD is greatly concerned about environment, nature care and climate change issues and trying to mitigate and adaptation for long years. For strengthening the initiatives, BASD started developing Ecovillages in the country. The organization is working with 60 traditional villages for transforming into Ecovillages in South Bengal like Dacope of Khulna and Mongla of Bagerhat. 25 traditional villages are transformed partially into Ecovillages of whose community people are practicing partly permaculture design for cultivation and following principles of Ecovillagesand permaculture. Besides, BASD is encouraging and working together with 10 NGOs of different districts for transforming their 15 traditional villages into Ecovillages. BASD has a long term plan for education, development and working with 1,000 villages in rural and urban in the country for transforming them into Ecovillage and expects to educate and train at least 10,000 farmers, teachers, students, leaders, researchers and GO-NGO personnel on permaculture design and Ecovillage design so that the community people will be more ecological, social, spiritual and economical, community will be environment friendly and green. For strengthening of this initiative, BASD is looking for partners, well wishers and donors for discussing and fruitful implementation. Pleases see various climate change adaptation and disaster adaptation techniques in the bellow that the Ecovillages and permaculture communities are practicing in the Southern Bangladesh. Please see also the video ‘In the line of Life’ in this regard in YouTube.

5 Feet high floor and lower ceiling grass house
5 Feet high floor and lower ceiling
Emergency clay pitcher
 
5 feet high toilet and cow shed
Rain water reserve pond
Plantation
 
Quick composting
Organic gardening
Permaculture design
 
Permaculture design training
Rain water reserve at home
Material hanging under ceiling
 
Other Program Experience

1. Livelihood Skill Training:
BASD initiated to develop the livelihood skill of the community people especially for the unemployed women, youths and school dropped out students. Some of trainings are: carpentry, motor mechanics, electronic, welding, sewing, embroidery, boutique, handloom, handicrafts, confectionary, animal husbandry, organic gardening, poultry tailoring, kerchupi, beauty parlour etc. More than 2000 unemployed women, youths and school dropped out students including brothel and street girls are trained during last 10 years.

2. Networking Program:
BASD believes in cooperation and has established networks with local government, Government agencies, NGOs, institutions and related groups. BASD regularly joins the government coordination meetings at Upazilas, Districts, National and International levels. BASD initiated cooperation and networking with GO-NGOs for Climate Change, Eco-Village, HIV/AIDS. BASD has close Networking with GEN (Global Ecovillage Network) in Scotland, GENOA (Global Ecovillage Network Oceania Asia), in Thailand, C-MAN (Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Network) in Bangladesh, (Micro finance --------------) DAWN (Disadvantaged Adolescents Working NGOs) in Dhaka, Gaia Education in Scotland, GEESE, Scotland and many other Networks in the local level and International level.

3. Education program:
BASD has children assistance program in different schools, institutions and communities in the project areas of Mongla, Dacope and Srimongal with the financial assistance of donors. BASD selects the poor and vulnerable children, especially handicapped, children of widows and financially and socially back warded people. Under this program, children get assistance for education; learn cross cutting issues, life training, environment, child rights and various skill developments. BASD implemented education program in different districts of Bangladesh during 1995 – 2008 and children education assistance program from 2009 – 2018 in Mongla, Dacope and Srimongal.

4. Adult literacy program:
Through this program BASD implemented non formal education from 1995 to 2008 in various locations like Narayangon, Sunamgonj, Moulovibazar, Khulna and Bagerhat Districts for the illiterate poor people. The illiterate group members learnt writing, reading, doing sums and planning various projects for their livelihoods. This process helped them a lot for phase over of the groups for self reliance and sustainability.

5. Primary and preventive health care service:
Motivation and training, focusing on disease prevention through nutrition, hygiene practice, clean water and sanitation programs in different areas including tea gardens in Srimongal, weavers area in Araihahar, hilly area in Sunamgonj, saline areas in Mongla and Dacope from 1995 - 2016. The organizations trained and educated at least one member from each savings / self help group as health worker, who help other members of the groups for necessary assistance. The health worker educates and encourages group members for plantation of medicinal saplings at home so that the members do not run to the doctors for simple and common diseases.

6. Water and Sanitation Programs:
From 1995 to 2015 BASD has been working for water and sanitation with integrated approaches in different communities like Srimongal, Sunamgonj, Araihazar, Mongla, Banishatna and Sutarkhali in the following forms:
a) Teaching and preparing pit latrines’ rings, slabs, fences in different villages for using in village communities and selling for extra income for the groups.
b) Distribution of rings and slabs to the poor community people for installation.
c) Helping construction and using of Eco Friendly Latrines in different villages.
d) Installation of Tube wells in the poor community areas in the country.
e) Distribution of Tube wells to the village communities
f) Helping 52 village communities in Mongla (Bagerhat), Banishanta and Sutarkhali (Dacope) from 2008 for re-excavation of sweet water ponds, for drinking and washing.
g) Some villages constructed pond sand filters (PSF) for drinking with assistance from BASD.
h) 52 village communities were advised and distributed clay pitchers for preservation of rain water for drinking in the hard times of the year.

7. HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention program:
Educate and aware sex workers in Banishanta brothel and the community people in Banishanta union and Mongla municipality regarding the hazard of HIV/AIDS. Supply condoms to sex workers and risk groups so that they could save themselves from the risk of HIV/AIDS. As the part of prevention program BASD provided treatment support to the STD patients in these areas. Skill development training along with rehabilitation to sex workers and their boys and girls is another component of this HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention program. The organization provided different skill development training to more than 200 sex workers in Banishanta brothel and street girls of Mongla and some of them are rehabilitated in nearby village communities.

8. Justice and advocacy:
Enhancing awareness to poor men and women at grassroots level on basic human rights is one of the components of BASD. It focuses on ‘at risk’ people; poor, children, women, indigenous and minority groups to establish their basic rights. Till now BASD provided training to about 1000 community people and children on different human rights issues.

9. Disaster Response Program:
Emergency disaster events such as hurricane, tidal wave, flood, earthquake or other ‘natural or human-made disasters are main hindrances of sustainable developments, which BASD tried to respond. BASD undertook immediate relief works (survival and protecting affected people’s lives) and midterm rehabilitation programs (assistance with returning to previous livelihoods) in different areas in the country. BASD responded for Dengue Fever Eradication in Dhaka and Sri-mongal and Rehabilitation to the AILA affected people in Dacope and Mongla are important initiatives, which were appreciated by the government and the community.