Saturday, 28 January, 2023

REVIVE project in C’nawabganj benefits 4,600 families

RAJSHAHI: Around 4,600 marginalised families, most of them are ethnic minorities, have started improving their living and livelihood conditions through various need-based income generating activities in the region, reports BSS.

Prior to this, they were given humanitarian support, including monetary and income-generating training and assets as emergency response around the last one and half years.

The stimulus support was given with intervention of a project titled

"Resilience to Economic Volatility of Indigenous and Vulnerable Populations through Empowerment (REVIVE)" so that the target group beneficiary households can recoup their losses caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

They were also motivated to improve hygiene practices for protecting them from infection of the deadly virus through providing around 2,500 hand washing devices.

The project is being implemented in six unions of Nachole and Gomostapur upazilas in Chapainawabganj district.

DASCOH Foundation has been implementing the project in cooperation with HEKS/EPER supported by Switzerland since July, 2021 for contributing to the holistic development of disadvantaged communities, particularly the ethnic minorities.

The ultimate goal of the two-year project is to contribute to the economic recovery and resilience of indigenous and other marginalized communities.

A 15-member foreign delegation led by HEKS/EPER Country Director Dora Chowdhury, held learning and experience sharing meetings with many of the beneficiary groups in Jhikra and Gosaipur villages in Nachole upazila during a three-day visit that ended on Friday.

They also visited various forms of income-generating activities, including homestead and vertical gardening, sweet potato cultivation, napier grass field, net house, cloth business and tailoring, goat rearing, fan making by palm leaf and vermi-compost, during the visit.

Narayan Chandra, coordinator of the project, said they have divided the beneficiary households into different groups by primary selection of beneficiaries through social mapping, wellbeing ranking and prioritization for successful implementation of the project. Each of the households was brought under cash incentives worth Taka 4,000.

They were imparted training on various income-generating activities, including agriculture, vegetable farming, homestead gardening, fisheries, livestock, vermin-compost and horticulture as per their interest and choice.

Apart from this, the beneficiaries were given post-training materials and logistic support so that they can engage themselves in the income-generating activities for uplifting their living and livelihood conditions after the best use of their knowledge acquired from the training.

SM Fakhrul Basher, director of DASCOH Foundation, told BSS that the project has a provision of establishing market linkage between the beneficiaries and the line departments for generating a market chain as well as value chain of the farm products.

Emphasis has been given on strengthening coordination and collaboration among the project stakeholders and local authorities.

He said the project is intended to enhance sustainable livelihoods and climate resilience through economic and social empowerment.

Basher also said they are also working on improving waste management for alternative livelihoods and reducing environmental degradation.

Dora Chowdhury said the project is expected to help improve social inclusion and human rights situation of indigenous and other marginalized communities as long term impact.