Maternal Young Child Nutrition Security Initiative (MYCNSI)
To reduce stunting and anaemia in a comprehensive manner there is a need to respond to all the underlying determinants i.e. food, health and care practices. Unnayan Sangha’s strengths are working on the health and care components with food security and related livelihood components. All three determinants are necessary conditions to reduce stunting. The funding available is inadequate to address the livelihood component in a meaningful manner. As Unnayan Sangha is working on livelihood programmes in the same areas, so it will be the best way to ensure convergent action in all three necessary determinants.
CARE and Unnayan Sangha (US) will forge synergistic and strategic partnerships through programming that is complementary to Government planning and programming. This collaboration with CARE will focus focuses on:
a) Building capacity to raise knowledge, awareness and competency to address maternal nutrition, appropriate young child feeding, anaemia and hygiene and sanitation practices
b) Curative with referral of sick children and treatment of severe acute malnutrition
c) Preventive on creation of advocacy network; community mobilisation; peer support group and individual counselling; social and behavior change communication and special support for the ultra-poor families.
Chars Livelihoods Program (CLP)
The program has initiated by the organization in assistance of CLP-DFID in 2005. The organization was working with this program for more than 7500 poor households living in the chars under Dewanganj and Islampur upazilla in Jamalpur district. Now in the second phase the area is covering only Islampur Upazila targeting about 4000 beneficiaries which will be increased in the coming years. The main activities of the program for better livelihoods of the char peoples are:-
- Group formation and development
- Group meeting discussing socioeconomic issues
- Functional education
- Training on group management, rights, leadership and disaster management
- Video show relating socioeconomic issues
- Folk song/village mela relating livelihoods
- Social safety net directly and through group initiatives
- Erosions grant distribution and disaster preparedness and management
- Homestead plinth raising
- Tube well and latrine distribution
- Public places/road construction and maintenance
- Agriculture support (homestead gardening, pulse-onion and whet cultivation, seed production, grass production, plantation)
- Asset (Cattle/sheep/hen) transfer/distribution to the land less and asset less households
- Livestock support (Cow and goat rearing, vaccination for cattle and poultry, cow dewarming, community based vaccinator development)
- Enterprise and market development
Strengthening Household Abilities to Responds to Development Opportunity (SHOUHARDO) II Program
The program was started on 1st January’06 in assistance of CARE-Bangladesh. The organization was implementing the program within 72 villages under 18 unions of Sherpur sadar, Sreebardi and Nalitabari upazilla in Sherpur district. After phasing out the SHOUHARDO Program from Sherpur district. The organization again awarded with the SHOUHARDO II Program for 97 villages of 12 unions under Islampur, Dewanganj and Madarganj upazilas in Jamalpur district. The program has been designed basically focusing the food security of the poorest. The main activities of the program are-
- Motivational activities through courtyard meeting on socioeconomic issues
- Community action plan preparation for reducing food insecurity
- Support for homestead gardening and plantation
- Food distribution to children and lactating mothers for reducing malnutrition
- Health-nutrition and family planning support
- Linkage development between beneficiaries and service providers
- Infrastructure development and Disaster management
- Education and early childhood care and development
- Empowerment and Institution building
- Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)
- Water and sanitation/drama/folksong
- Support for cattle/goat fattening/rearing, poultry and other IGAs
- Social action creation
- Training on human development and skill development
- Advocacy and governance
It is to be mentioned that the activities are set according to the Community Action Plan (CAP). SHOUHARDO II always give preference to the program participanr’s requirements.
Unnayan Sangha (US) is a non-government, non-profitable and non-political organization established in 1980 by some of the enthusiastic and benevolent persons of Jamalpur and Sherpur district with a view to help poor people of the area. For running the organization smoothly two different committees are functioning well. The general committee of the organization consisted of 21 members in whom 8 are female and in the executive committee 3 are female out of 7 members.
The head office of the organization is situated in Jamalpur District town. It has been working within the 12 Upazilas of Jamalpur and Sherpur District. The working area has been expanded in other 5 districts in greater Mymensingh and Sirajgonj to work for the “Children in Jail”.
The Vision of the organization is “The vision of the organization is “A society, based on equality, fairness and good governance, which can ensure sustainable development and people’s empowerment” and the mission is “to organize more exploited people for their socio-economic development implementing different development activities. Unnayan Sangha works in two different approach like- group based development and community-based development.
The activities of Unnayan Sangha are- a) Savinds Management Program, b) Maternal Neonatal and Child Survival (MNCS), c) Chars Livelihoods Program (CLP)-2, d) Strengthening Household Abilities to Respond to Development Opportunities (SHOUHARDO) II Program, e) Child protection: Juvenile Justice Program (JJP), f) Human rights, g) Environmental sanitation, Digester management and climate change mitigation h) Training, i) Good governance, j) Bangladesh Local Procurement Pilot (BLPP) project, k) Maternal Neonatal Health (MNH) initiative, l) Maternal Young Child Nutrition Security Initiative (MYCNSI) and m) Children and Women Rights and Advocacy (CWRA). .
To improve the status of agriculture sector and observing the situation of agricultural sectors, loan realization and use of credit money, presently US provided cropping loan for the poor and marginal farmers in simple and relaxed pay back system. It helped them to cultivate crops and to get expected benefits. The loan also given for maize culture and that helped for the sustainable development in agriculture.
For the well implementation of the development activities and for ensuring good governance and human rights especially children and women rights, the organization has gained a good partnership and networking with different national and international organization including donors, like- UKAid, DFID, USAID, AUSAid, Chemoncs International Inc., Unicef Bangladesh, Manusher Janno Foundation, UCEP bangladesh etc.
Unnayan Sangha has a good relationship with different government department especially health & family planning, Fisheries & livestock, agriculture, social services and the local administration. In the implementation of the activities, local government helped us by providing logistic and other supports.
We welcome suggestions, recommendations from any of the individuals or organizations for the overall development of Unnayan Sangha.