Unnayan Sangha Programs

Unnayan Sangha has been working for sustainable development of the disadvantaged communities particularly poor, ultra-poor and differently able communities, men & women and children living in plain land of greater Mymensingh and Sirajgonj Districts as well as in River basin area and hilly areas.

l)      Activities under different programs:

  • Socioeconomic development:

This program is one of the basic programs of the organization started in 1980, which continued with different donor’s support. Since 1994 and 2000 the program has been implementing in Jamalpur sadar, Melandah, Motherganj, Islampur and Dewanganj of Jamalpur district and Sherpur sadar, Nakla and Jhinaigati of Sherpur district in assistance of CORDAID-Netherlands and organizational own fund. Health and nutrition is one of the components of the program. Presently the activities are going on mentioned bellow-

– Group formation and development.

– Weekly group meeting discussing health-nutrition, water-sanitation, rights, and other socioeconomic issues.

– Training on primary health care and nutrition, group development, rights and leadership.

– Training on Gender & development and skill development on IGA operation

– Support for vegetable gardening

– Awareness building on socioeconomic issues

– Linkage development between group members and GOB-NGOs service centers.

– Support for hard-core poor for their development

– Savings and credit support

– Small entrepreneurship development.

  • Socioeconomic development for the char dwellers:

The program started in 2000 with the support of Actionaid-Bangladesh. It is also a basic program of the organization implementing in Islampur and Dewanganj upazilla in Jamalpur district. The main activities of the program are-

– Group formation and developing self help group.

– Group meeting discussing different socioeconomic issues including health-nutrition.

– Support for nutrition gardening

– Right-based activities/drama/UP tax collection

– Linkage development between beneficiaries and different service providers

– Good governance and support for watching overall development activities

– Support for hard-core poor for their development

– Savings based credit

– Training on health-nutrition, IGAs, rights, group development, leadership, gender & development etc.

– Child sponsorship/child development

– Disaster management/preparedness and

– Capacity building for Union Parishad (UP)

  • Aquaculture extension program:

This program has been implementing since 1998 in 3 upazillas (Jamalpur sadar, Sherpur Sadar and Nakla). On going activities of the program implementing are as follows-

– Group formation and development.

– Group meeting discussing fish culture technique and health-nutrition.

– Group savings.

– Training and technical support on sustainable integrated fish culture including, vegetable and fruit gardening

– Training on gender and development

– Credit support

– Linkage development between beneficiaries and different service providers

  • Basic literacy Program:

The program has been implementing since 1982 in assistance of different international and national donors. Under the program more than 8000 children and 10000 adult male and female graduated. The children education was 1-year course and the adult education was 9 month’s course. Under the program there was follow up course for 6 months period. Once up on a time, after completion of 1 year’s course the children enrolled in the government primary school in assistance of Unnayan Sangha.

There was a system to provide cloths, reading materials, school bag etc. as stipend every year for the children continued education in primary and high school up to class ten. Presently the organization is operating activities are:-

– Motivation to the guardians for child education

– Operate adult education centers

– Publication of monthly newsletter for continuing education

– Follow up of the functional education for adult male and female

 

  • Community health and nutrition program (CHNP):

Community health and nutrition program was one of the basic programs of the organization implemented in 7 upazillas (Melandah, Matherganj, Jamalpur sadar, Sherpur sadar, Jhinaigati, Sreebardi, Nakla) in Jamalpur and Sherpur district up to 1993. Save the Children Fund-British-Columbia funded it through South Asia Partnership (SAP)-Bangladesh. The program activities were-

– Formation of mother’s forum

– Immunization for women and children

– Mini-clinic operation for general treatment and referral

– Courtyard meeting with mothers on reproductive health- nutrition and family planning

– Training on primary health care and nutrition, tube well maintenance

– Support for vegetable and fruit gardening and

– Distribution of tube well and sanitary latrine

 

  • Integrated health & community development program (IHCDP):

The program started in 1993 with the support of DFID through Partners in Health and Development (PHD) formerly Bangladesh Population and Health Consortium (BPHC). It has implemented for 12 years from 1993 to 2004 in Sherpur district. The program activities (Minimized) are going on by the staff of our Socioeconomic Program presently after abolish of BPHC.  The program related with the HPSP/HNPSP of the government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. The major activities are –

– Reproductive health services including family planning, HIV/AIDS and adolescents health.

– Child health services including immunization, growth monitoring, treatment etc.

– Communicable disease control.

– Limited curative care

– Referral for better treatment/services

– Behavior change communication through mass/group/courtyard meeting, day observation, drama, folksong, rally, displaying posters and billboards.

– Motivation on alternative nutritious foods/HIV?AIDS prevention

– Training on health-nutrition, water-sanitation, family planning and disaster preparedness

– GO-NGO collaboration activities like meeting, training/workshop/seminar

  • Water-sanitation and environment:

It’s a program has been implementing since the inception of the organization in 1980. On the other hand, it is also the component of different program of the organization. For ensuring pure water supply and sanitation, the organization operates the activities are-

-Awareness building on water-sanitation through group meeting, training and workshop.

– Hand tube well distribution.

– Water sealed latrine production and distribution.

– Maintenance of tube well

– Training on water and sanitation and tube well maintenance

– Organizing water and sanitation fair/drama/rally/folksong

– Arsenic test.

– Ensure proper use of tube well and latrine.

– Support for nursery and

– Tree plantation

  • Fish breading, training, extension and multipurpose farm:

Fish breading, training and extension program has been implementing since 1984. Actually the organization has a multipurpose farm with about 9 acres of own land near by the district town of Jamalpur, where a dairy farm, poultry farm, nursery, vegetable gardening, tree plantation and pond fish culture are going on. The farm serves the whole upazillas people in Jamalpur and Sherpur district even in other adjacent district’s people. The main activities of the farm are-

– Saplings production and distribution

– Fish culture and protection in emergencies

– Cattle fattening and marketing

– Egg and meet production and marketing

– Training on skill development on fish culture, cattle fattening, vegetable gardening, larva production and management, etc.

– Follow-up of pond fish culture of farmers

  • Agriculture Program:

The program has started in 1993. It is also a component of different programs. Under this program the bellow mentioned activities were/are going on. The activities are –

–          Homestead gardening

–          Irrigation and disaster preparedness

–          Banana cultivation

–          Dal cultivation

–          Maize cultivation and research

–          Ground nut cultivation and

–           Assist farmers providing different information, suggestions and input support

 

  • Child protection: Community mechanism and national policy (CP: CMNP):

The project started in 2002 in partnership with Save the Children (SC)-UK. The organization has been implementing the program in 7 different districts under Greater Mymensingh in Dhaka division and Rajshahi division. The districts are- Jamalpur, Sherpur, Netrokona, Kishorganj, Mymensingh, Tangail and Sirajganj. Though the organization has been working with the women and child rights from the very beginning, but it has got a familiarity, goodwill and nice shape since 2002 in assistance of Manusher Jonno through SC-UK. Presently the program is implementing in Jamalpur and Sherpur district with more importance in assistance of Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF). The basic activities of the program mentioned bellow-

– Cooperate district administration for successful implementation of Children Act’1974

– Participate meeting of district taskforce relating release of children from jail

– Organize training, workshop, seminar and meeting at upazilla, district level with GOB-NGO and private sector for establishing community mechanism

– Collection list of children in jail from 7 Jails/District authorities.

– Orient jail visitors (Official /non-Official).

– Communication with Probation officers

– Assist to send children from jail to Kishor Unnayan Kendra (KUK).

– Rehabilitation of children released from jail

– Movement against violence, abuse, discrimination against children

  • 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. 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 82 villages of 11 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 mentioned that the activities depend on the community action plan. SHOUHARDO allays works based on the program participant’s needs.

  • Food security for sustainable household livelihoods (FoSHoL):

The program was being implemented in partnership with the Practical Action-Bangladesh (PAB) funded by the EC since May’06. It is mainly focused on food security of the poor. The organization was working in 3 upazillas (Jamalpur sadar, Islampur and Dewanganj)  in Jamalpur district with the program activities. The activities of the program were mentioned bellow –

– Group formation and development

– Group meeting discussing socio-economic issues and group cohesiveness

– Training on development of rural geochronology extensionist on community nutrition exensionist, livestock, fisheries, plant nursery, crop doctor, power tiller, bee culture, agriculture, goat breading, agro/food processing and entrepreneurship development.

– Training on group dynamics, leadership, governance and advocacy for beneficiaries

– Training on homestead and commercial vegetable cultivation, nursery & fruit tree management, pigeon rearing, goat rearing, cattle rearing, poultry rearing, rice and rice seed production and entrepreneurship

– Asset transfer and Demonstration on all items

– Ensuring services by the rural technology extenionist

– Staff capacity building and linkage development

– Community mobilization

– Vegetable gardening

– Rally, field day, exposer/experience sharing visit and infrastructure development

  • Maternal, Neonatal and Child Survival (MNCS) Project:

The project has been implementing in the whole area of Jhinaigati, Nalitabari, Sreebardi and Sadar upazilas in Sherpur district since 2008 in assistance of the Bangladesh Government and UNICEF Bangladesh with financial support of Australian Government (AusAid). It focuses basically maternal, neonatal and under 5 children health including IMCI. The basic activities of the project are-

–  Knowledge, Attitude, Behavior and Practice Assessment (KABPA)

–  Rapid assessment and household registration

–  Ward committee formation, CAP preparation, incorporation and implementation

–  Monthly ward committee meeting

–  Micro plan development and review

–  Courtyard meeting

–  Household visit and counseling

–  Search and manage of cases of diarrhea, ARI and other diseases

–  Satellite clinic operation and MCH-FP services delivery

–  Visit of pregnant and postnatal mothers

–  Ensure safe delivery conducted by Skilled Birth Attendants (SBAs)

–  Provide training on KABPA-Social mapping and micro planning, IMCI, Village Doctors development, Basic health workers course, Opinion Leaders development, Supervision and monitoring, ANC+PNC+ENC, reporting and Surveillance register maintaining.

–  Staging Interactive Popular Theater

–  Folk song/video show

–  Coordination meeting with UH&FPO, CS and DGHS office

–  Coordination meeting with Union health and family planning standing committee

–  Supervise and monitor project activities

–  Evaluation of the project

–  Reporting

  • Bangladesh Local Procurement Pilot (BLPP) Project:

This is a USDA-Land O’ Lakes Inc. supported pilot project started from November’2010. The project is designed to feed 124000 students of 441 primary schools and madrasas in Bakshiganj, Jamalpur Sadar and Sarishabari upazilas under Jamalpur district. The project will continue up to October’2011. If it can achieve results successfully there is a possibility to continue with an extended period. The organization is basically working for monitoring of the project activities.

  • Community Mobilization to Promote Social Change:

The Project has been implementing since December’2010 in partnership with Resource Integration Center (RIC)/NIRAPAD in assistance of UNICEF Bangladesh. The main activities of the project are:-

 

– Organize workshop at 6 upazilas on Protection of Maternal and Child Health During and post Disaster period (The topics for the workshops were Pneumonia, Sever Diarrhea, 5 danger sign of pregnant mother, Injury, Physical tourcher to child and Infectious diseases)

– Communicate Upazila Disaster Management Committee (UpzDMC)

– Communicate Local elite, teachers, Imam and Journalist

 

  • Women Friendly Hospital Initiative:

The project has been started from January’2011 in partnership with Naripokkho with the assistance of UNICEF Bangladesh. The main activities of the project are:-

– Monitor overall service delivery status at hospital

– Monitor setting arrangement and waiting time for women service recipient

– Counseling mothers/women at women corner in hospital

– Communicate doctors, nurses, patients and other stakeholders

– Assist in organizing stakeholder committee meeting, management committee meeting and Nari O Shishu Nirzatan protirodh Committee meeting

– Documentation and reporting

  • Training:

Training is one of the common activities in the development sectors. It is related to the entire program. The organization has a training program out of training included in the different development program. It has a 12 members trainers team formed with the senior staff working with the organization for more than 5 years period. The main activities of the training program are-

– Training need assessment.

– Development of training module/schedule.

– Conduct/Arrange training and

– Post-training follow-up.

– Preparation of training reports

  • Women and child Development:

The program has been implementing since the inception of the organization in 1980. Presently it is a component of the integrated program “socio-economic development for the poor”. It is also going on under Unnayan Sangha-SHOUHARDO II program and Aquaculture Extension Program supported by USAID and DANIDA respectively. The program has been implementing in 10 upazilas of Jamalpur and Sherpur district. The activities under the program/component are-

–       Formation of Mothers club/group

–       Awareness building on early childhood development

–       Training on primary health care and nutrition

–       Vegetable gardening

–       Support for cultural activities

  • Research on development and publication:

The organization has its research program, which has been continuing since 1988. Research on Participatory Action Plan Development (PAPD) in two villages under Sarishabari and Matherganj Upazilla of Jamalpur District, hardcore poor development, health and family planning, marketing etc has conducted in partnership with Practical Action (ITDG formerly), JAICA and SC-UK. We do activities under the program jointly with the partners –

– Identify subject of research

– Conduct research activities

– Analysis of data

– Preparing report

– Publication

– Utilization of research output.

  • Relief and rehabilitation:

Unnayan Sangha (US) has been implementing the relief and rehabilitation since the inception. During and after the disasters like- floods, droughts and cyclone the organization initiates the program with the support of different donors. The main support sunder relief and rehabilitation program are as follows-

–       Information dissemination

–       Motivation for ensuring preventive measures

–       Distribution of food, baby food, matches, candles etc.

–       Distribution of cloths, soaps, oil etc.

–       Distribution of emergency medicines and some other cleaning agents

–       Operation of camps for refugee/disaster affected people

–       Distribution of houses, tube well and sanitary latrine

–       Distribution of seeds, fertilizers for agriculture especially vegetable cultivation

–       Road, culvert and institutions construction/reconstruction

–       Organize meetings/trainings/workshop/seminars

–       Collaboration with GOB and other service providers

Note: Including above all, the organization implemented activities on HIV/AIDS focused on adolescents in 4 upazilas of Sherpur district for 1-year period in assistance of UNICEF Bangladesh during 2005-2006. Activities of the project were- training, workshop, meeting, classroom discussion and material development and use that for motivation.

 

  • Organization’s Facilities

 Development, Training and Resource Center (DTRC):

In 2008, Unnayan Sangha established a Training center with residential facilities in Jamalpur Pourasava area. It is named as Development Training and Resource Center (DTRC). It has capacity for 60 residential guests. 2 Hall rooms – one with capacity of 60 people and another is of 25 persons. Other facilities like dining, library, musical instruments, generator, multimedia projector, computer, OHP etc. are available at this venue. This venue is open for both US projects and other organizations.

Training Team:

Training is one of the common activities in the development sectors. It is related to the entire program. The organization has a training program out of training included in the different development program. It has a 12 members trainers team formed with the senior staff working with the organization for more than 5 years period. The main activities of the training program are-

– Training need assessment.

– Development of training module/schedule.

– Conduct/Arrange training and

– Post-training follow-up.

– Preparation of training reports

Research on development and publication:

The organization has its research program, which has been continuing since 1988. Research on Participatory Action Plan Development (PAPD) in two villages under Sarishabari and Matherganj Upazilla of Jamalpur District, hardcore poor development, health and family planning, marketing etc has conducted in partnership with Practical Action (ITDG formerly), JAICA and SC-UK. We do activities under the program jointly with the partners –

– Identify subject of research

– Conduct research activities

– Analysis of data

– Preparing report

– Publication

– Utilization of research output.

  • Working experience on PRA:

The organization has been practicing PRA since 1995 within its all project activities especially in health and family planning, SHOUHARDO Program, socio-economic development Program and Chars Livelihoods program. Normally the organization is practicing PRA through using different tools like- Transact Walk, Social mapping, Well Being Analysis, matrix ranking, spider diagram, van diagram, seasonal diagram, body mapping, FGD etc. All staffs of the organization are received training on PRA and they effectively use different tools for assessment.

  • Project designing and implementation strategies:

Unnayan Sangha designs and operates its all the development programs based on the demand of the rural people. The organization thinks that, people’s participation is very necessary for well implementation of any development program. For ensuring peoples participation in program designing and implementation, focus group discussions, PRA sessions, meetings, workshops and future search with the people are regularly arranged by the organization. In these processes, peoples from different classes and professions especially poor and women involve to share ideas. The govt. authority also participate different meetings and workshops arranged by the organization to share their valuable opinion.

It is mentioned that, different committee, groups and teams like- health watch committees, union watch committees, GOB-NGO joint monitoring teams and female/male primary groups have been formed with an initiative of the organization. Through these processes, the organization gets various supports from stakeholders, which help to reach up to an expected level of development with various development activities of the organization.

  • Partnership with other organization:

Unnayan Sangha has good partnership with different national and international organizations like UNICEF Bangladesh, CARE Bangladesh, Save the Children, Practical Action Bangladesh, CLP, Land O’ Lakes Inc., Chemonix-PRICE, NGO Forum, RIC, FIVDB, Naripokkho etc . It is mentioned that different development programs has been implementing successfully maintaining effective partnership with the above mentioned organizations.

  • Membership with Different Association and Forums:

The organization has membership with different association and forums, which are as follows –

–   Credit development forum (CDF)

–  Agriculture forum of GOB

–  District taskforce relating release children from jail and other district’s committees

–   NIRAPAD and

–   District Child Rights Implementation Committee

–   Environmental core team, Jamalpur

 

  • Relationship with GOB-NGOs:

Unnayan Sangha has been implementing different development activities in Jamalpur and Sherpur District since 1980. In the way of long run in past years, the organization has gained a good relationship with the govt. administration, other NGOs and private organization also. Activities on health and family planning, fisheries, agriculture, livestock/poultry, child protection, environment, disaster risk reduction etc. are being implemented in assistance of GOB. Some of the activities are operating jointly with them.

Unnayan Sangha gets necessary technical and material support from the government organization. Project staff participates regularly in different training, workshop and meetings arranged by the govt. department. On the other hand, the GOB official attends various meeting, training and workshop arranged by the organization. It is mentioned that, Unnayan Sangha is working as members of different committees formed by the government department. The committees’ are –

– District development coordination committee in Jamalpur and Sherpur.

– District Health and family planning committee in Jamalpur and Sherpur.

– District Family planning committee in Jamalpur and Sherpur.

– District Task force for releasing children from jail

– District agriculture and fisheries coordination committees

– Disaster Management Committees at district & upazilas in Jamalpur & Sherpur districts

– District employment committee for hardcore poor

– District beggar rehabilitation committee

– District committee on Early Learning for Child Development (ELCD)

– District Agriculture Committee

– District MNH Committee

– District Environment committee

– District Market Monitoring Committee

– District NGO Coordination Committee

– Upazila development coordination committees

– Upazila health and family planning coordination committees

– Upazila agriculture committees

Including above committee’s meeting, project staffs attends different meeting at Union Parishad and other Social organizations program also. US is participating and helping in different national and local programs arranged by the government. It is also mentioned that the organization is continuing monitoring health, family planning, agriculture, fisheries, livestock and other program activities at field.

  • Donors:

Presently the organization is receiving fund from AusAid through UNICEF Bangladesh, DFID, USAID through CARE Bangladesh, USDA through Land O’ Lakes Inc., DANIDA and Manusher Jonno Foundation. Including above the previous donors were Shapla Neer, APHD Hong Kong, SCF-British Columbia through SAP-Bangladesh, Japan embassy, ICLARM, CORDAID-Netherlands, ActionAid Bangladesh etc.

  • Financial Management:

For better management of finance, the organization maintains donors and project wise Bank accounts. It keeps accounts in double entry accounting system. Receipt and payments, money transfer, expenditures, approval of expenditures, bill and vouching, stock maintain, procurement, supply, accounts checking, expenditure control, internal/annual external audit and reporting are properly and regularly continue according to the direction of financial guideline developed and approved by the executive committee of the organization.

 

  • Personnel Management:

Development and survival of any institutions depends on skilled, experienced and committed staffs. So staff or personnel management is very much important for any of the organization. In considering the mater, Unnayan Sangha developed a personnel policy in 1986, which is modified in 1998, 2004, 2010, 2011 and 2012. For recruiting and developing staff, training, leave enjoyment, promotion and demotion, honorarium and other facilities, disciplinary action with other related issues maintain as per direction of personnel procedure.

 

  • Others:

For improving capacity and sustainability of the organization, Unnayan Sangha arranges an evaluation by the external evaluator. On the other hand, it has prepared a strategic planning also for 5 years period to achieve the expected stage of the position in socio-economic development for the rural poor.