Over view of ASEAB activities

Education, Awareness and Empowerment

  • 1800 persons have been literate through non-formal education project in 60 centers, which was supported by the government.
  • 900 persons received livelihood training through post-literacy and continuous education program.
  • It runs a school for the poor children to impart pre-primary and basic education.
  • 1125 poor families attained literacy and 950 persons received IGA skill training through 45 REFLECT centers. By implementing action points in REFLECT centers it gave assistance to 150 flood-hit families, built five culverts, got the children of the Bunia ethnic minority community enrolled in school, installed 200 sanitary latrines and contributed to identifying services provided by government and LG bodies for the poor people. Under Breaking the Silence of Violence Against Women Program 16 circles conduct awareness and sensitization programs on violence against women involving 400 people. Shukh Onnesha [In pursuit of peace] and Padma LOK-KENDRA work for resolving the problems of the deprived people and they have earned much acclamation from the community. The LOK-KENDRA and Reflect circles have been successful in resolving many cases emanating from violence against women.
  • Under the USC-Canada supported project training programs have been imparted to more than 500 adolescents on various issues such as health and reproductive education, literacy, IGA skills, family development education for the new couples. The participants were also exposed to various cultural and recreational events and given sports items.

Health, Sanitation, and Safe Water

  • With technical and financial support from Department of Public Health and Engineering and UNICEF, ASEAB has been working to achieve government’s commitment of 100 percent sanitation coverage in 3 districts covering 35 Unions, 315 Wards and 2,52,482 families. The project areas are: Sadar Upazilla under Pabna district, Nalitabari Upazilla under Sherpur district and Fulbaria Upazilla under Mymensingh district. Apart from family level interventions the project activities also deal with sanitation and hygiene issues of educational institutions, hotels, hat-bazaars, brick factories and rice crushing mills. In the meantime it ensured 100 percent sanitation coverage in 26 Unions of the project areas.
  • ASEAB delivers health services to more than 4000 poor people particularly pregnant and lactating mothers and children yearly basis with support from local stakeholders and Health Department of the government. Moreover, it organizes courtyard meetings, workshops and discussion meetings to raise people’s awareness on HIV and AIDS, STIs and drugs.
  • ASEAB planted trees on roadside, embankment side and khas land in Santhia and Sujanagar Upazilla under Pabna district measuring 125 km in length with support from the Asian Development Bank [ADB] and Forest Department. In order to make tree plantation a social drive it distributed saplings free of cost to establish family-level nurseries in 300 families.

Life and Livelihoods

  • ASEAB is implementing SHOUHARDO [Strengthening Household Ability to Respond to Development Opportunities] program in 44 villages of Bera, Sujanagar and Sadar Upazilla of Pabna district to ensure food security of 7,500 hard-core poor families. It provided livelihood training to 7,318 persons on various IGA trades such as agriculture, vegetable gardening, integrated farm development, fisheries, handloom, nurseries, paravet, livestock and goat rearing etc. The trainees have been given cash support worth 75, 91, 800 TK. to initiate IGA. It helped raise 132 family-level nurseries, planted 35,000 fruits yielding and timber yielding varieties of trees in the households and on the roadside areas. Community people were trained on disaster management, violence against women, and operation of CBOs etc.
    ASEAB conducted advocacy initiatives to resettle 404 households of the hard-core poor people to save them from the vengeance of flood, renovated 15 educational institutions, installed 3 community latrines, made 13 bamboo-bridges, installed 33 tube-wells and 05 dug-wells to supply arsenic free water, constructed 3 km long road and 2 culverts, filled earth in 3 grave-yards. Moreover, it developed the infrastructures of 1 Union Parishad, 1 Flood Shelter, and 1 Hat. Apart from health service, it provided food support such as 722472 Kgs wheat, 30103 Kgs pulse and 90309 Kgs oil to 3738 mothers during the period from August 2006 to August 2009. ASEAB plays vital role through SHOUHARDO and other initiatives to protect bio-diversity and facilitate agriculture development and agriculture marketing.
  • Recently ASEAB embarked upon a new project with support from World Food Program [WFP] to promote nutrition status and ensure food security of the ultra-poor. The project, titled as Food Security for Ultra Poor [FSUP] aims to support 10,331 hard-core poor families of three Upazillas such as Bera, Sujanagar and Bhangura under Pabna district. The major interventions under the project are capacity building for income generation, entrepreneurship development, cash support for employment. Each family receives Tk. 11,000.00 for income generation activities, Tk. 3000.00 matching grant, Tk. 2000.00 for risk reduction. Moreover, each project participant receives Tk. 500 per month as subsistence allowance and it continues up to 24 months. The project will end in December 2012.

Micro-investment and Micro-entrepreneurship Development

The major objective of the program is to make the poor people at the grassroots economically self-reliant by up-scaling their skill and providing financial support to undertake various income-generating activities. ASEAB members received various livelihood skill trainings and capital support equivalent to TK 250,00,000.00. The program is run through three branch offices and involves 3300 beneficiaries. The beneficiaries deposited TK. 60,00,000 so far. In the weekly meeting beneficiaries are exposed to various awareness building issues relating to life and livelihood.

Good Governance and Strengthening Local Government

ASEAB is facilitating five Union Parishads of Pabna Sadar Upazilla and Bera Pourashava to develop participatory strategic planning with technical and financial support of USAID and RTI. The program entails different components such as capacity building for development planning of local government bodies, promoting good governance and developing alternative avenues for income generation for the poor people. ASEAB ran some advocacy programs during national elections in 2001 and 2008 seeking to raise people’s awareness on the right to vote and good governance.

Slum and Urban Development Program

With support from CONCERN Worldwide ASEAB since 2001 has been providing various services to 150 hard-core poor families living in slums in Dhaka city to ensure food and nutrition security. The services include: entrepreneurship and capacity building training, micro-credit support to start IGAs at soft conditions, primary health care and violence against women training etc. It provided livelihood skill training on tailoring, block-boutique, candle making and fast-food making to 600 slum dwellers. Under Urban Governance and Infrastructure Improvement Project [UGIIP], ASEAB is implementing various activities to augment income, raise literacy and ensure health services of poor people of Ingra municipality under Natore district.

Research, Training and Publication

ASEAB has a training team that conducts research and evaluation of ASEAB programs. The training wing involving 25 professional trainers conducts training for ASEAB staffs and beneficiaries. It has 5 training venues and different training manuals. ASEAB regularly publishes a bulletin titled ‘the Charbarta’. The bulletin publishes various aspects of the life of char people.