Since 2013, we have been implementing an integrated program in partnership with PalliKarma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) to develop an entire community in Batazzore Union under Bakshigonj sub-district of Jamalpur District.
The program has a unique and inclusive approach focusing on health, education and youth development activities along with income generation, to sustainably strengthen the capacity of the community as a whole by involving local government and relevant stakeholders, the program will help raise local community members out of poverty.
The Samriddhi program which is also referred to as Enhancing Resources and Increasing Capacities of Poor Households Towards Elimination of their Poverty (ENRICH), is an integrated development program being implemented by SAJIDA since 2013 in partnership with Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF). Samriddhi is currently implemented in Batazzore Union under Bakshibong sub-district of Jamalpur District. The program has a unique and inclusive approach to integrating an entire community, focusing mainly on health, education, and youth development activities, along with income generation, to sustainably strengthen the capacity. Through collaborative efforts with the local government and relevant stakeholders, the program aims to raise local community members out of poverty.
The Samriddhi program includes the following components:
Samriddhi ensures comprehensive primary healthcare services for all households in the program area. Currently, 15 Shastho Shebikas and a health assistant provide door-to-door healthcare services at least once every month. With support of the health team, four satellite clinics are arranged at the union level every month where an MBBS doctor provides diagnostic support free of cost.
To provide advanced service, Health Camps (general & specialized) are also organized in the area each year. Usually specialist doctors attend these camps to provide diagnosis services. Serious patients identified from these camps are referred to different public as well as private hospitals and clinics. With the aim to achieve 100% de-worming of the communities, the tablet ‘Albendezole’ was provided free of cost to all households of the union free of cost.
The program addresses the issue of drop outs in addition to providing tutoring support to the students. 40 education centers have been established at the unions under this program where 943 students are getting help with their home tasks without paying any tuition fees. All the teachers are female and most of them are college students who are using the honorarium to help with their educational expenses. Depending on the school time the education center usually starts in the afternoon and continues for 2 hours.
The small and marginal farmers of the union have been encouraged to cultivate vegetables of various types in their homestead areas around the year. These vegetables can be used for their family’s consumption as well as for generating extra income. Till date, seeds worth 140,000 Taka have been distributed among 700 families. Every family has received seeds of minimum eight different varieties worth 200 Taka.
Youth development activity has been specially designed to help inculcate human and social values among the youth and open up employment opportunities for them. Efforts are made to create both self-employment and wage or salary based employment opportunities, and also to raise awareness against social problems (such as violence against women, dowry and drugs) and in favor of ethics, minority and fairness.
Community Based Development
Under this component, community members receive the services of repairing or building culverts, bridges, sanitary latrines and shallow tube-wells in public places such as schools, colleges, madrasas, mosques, temples and libraries. Till now 15 sanitary latrines, 15 tube-wells and 2 small culverts/bridges have been constructed in this union with the consultation of Union Parishad as well as the relevant stakeholders.
A special savings scheme has been designed under the program for ultra poor households to help them break out the vicious cycle of poverty. Female-headed households and families with disabled members are particularly eligible to join this scheme. Such a family is advised to open a bank account and deposit money (at least 100 Taka) into it every month for two years. The amount saved will be matched by the SAJIDA at the end of two years to a maximum of Taka 20,000 on the condition that the total amount will be used in an IGA. As of June 2015, 82 participants have saved BDT 174,500 under this program.
Technical & Vocational Training
The program has engaged five recognized technical training institutions to organize and provide training to selected youths in its effort to ensure livelihood opportunities. Till now, 18 youths have successfully completed the training on 6 different trades and 6 have been employed in different sectors as salary based employees.
PKSF maintains liaisons with different employers and organizes job fairs to assist the unemployed youth to find jobs. SAJIDA Foundation has been providing various support to encourage young people to join the fair, search for jobs and to establish linkage and liaison with the employer. So far, 2 young people have been employed through this assistance.
Medicinal Plant Cultivation
Medicinal plant cultivation is an innovative way of generating additional income whereby a family can earn up to 2,500 Taka per month by cultivating about 1,200 Bashok plants in 10 decimals of fallow land. ENRICH has taken the initiative of promoting the cultivation of medicinal plants, primarily Bashok, in the home yards or the road side of the ENRICH households as well as in any fallow land they have access to. Till now, 33 persons are involved in this type of cultivation using both sides of the local roads. This is contributed to expanding income generating opportunities as well as ensuring raw materials for pharmaceutical industries.
The new initiative targets street beggars to transform them to become productive members of the society. Under this initiative, each participant has received a financial grant of BDT 1 Lac on the condition that s/he will use 70% of the grant in a sustainable IGA, which will generate a monthly income of BDT 4,000 to 5,000. Till now 134 beggars have been selected, of which 10 have been successfully rehabilitated in the productive sector through cow rearing and running grocery shop.
Sanitation activity has been initiated to ensure 100 percent safe sanitation throughout the ENRICH Unions. Till now, 200 sanitary latrines have been constructed at 200 households.
|ANC & PNC Service Provided(HEALTH SHEET of FTP)||15,133|
|Static & Satellite Clinic Organized||2,496|
|Patients Received Health Services||55,263|
|Operation done for Cataract Patient||417|
|Sanitary Latrine Constructed||53|
|Tube well Installed||45|
|HH based Sanitary Latrine Constructed||500|
|Vocational Training Provided||17|
Hungry no more: Osman’s journey towards a successful future
Osman (45) is a day labor who lives in a remote village in Battajor union of Jamalpur district. Osman has two children – a son and a daughter. Although Osman worked dawn to dusk, his meager earnings was not enough for him to support his two children and he had to marry off his daughter at an early age. During the lean period his family members suffered from hunger. To cope with the situation he even stopped the education of his son and made him work with him. However, no amount of effort helped him rise out of abject poverty or improve his livelihood during the lean period.
In 2013, SAJIDA Foundation staff of SAMRIDDHI motivated Osman to cultivate Bashok leaves along the road side. Taking the advice, Osman planted 700 saplings. After 6 months, he was able to harvest 12 kg of leaves and sold them for Tk. 480.
Presently, Osman harvests around 150 kg of leaves each month and sells them to ACME Pharmaceuticals. ACME gives Osman Tk. 40 for every Kg of leaf. In this way, Osman earns a lump sum amount of Tk. 4500-5000 each month. Today he is very happy because he no longer has to pass his days in hardship and does not have to starve during the lean time. He is even able to save some money after spending on family necessities. Osman dreams of someday establishing a nursery of Bashok saplings in future.