Goal of the project:
The social inclusion of Dalit and Ethnic Minority communities in Thakurgaon and Dinajpur districts of Bangladesh. With support from HEKS Switzerland, ESDO is implementing the Promotion of Rights for Ethnic Minority and Dalit Improvement Programme (PREMDIP) project for the social inclusion of Dalit and Ethnic Minority communities in Thakurgaon and Dinajpur districts of Bangladesh.
Quick view of the project
Working Area: Thakurgaon: Thakurgaon Sadar and Pirganj Upazilas Project Budget: BDT: 88921257.00
Project Period: January 2008 to December' 2016
Reporting Period: July 2015 to June 2016
Dinajpur: Bochaganj Upazila
Working Area: Thakurgaon: Thakurgaon Sadar and Pirganj Upazilas
Project Budget: BDT: 88921257.00
* 280 ethnic and Dalits pre-primary students are mainstreamed in 22 different Government primary schools which have facilitated their adaptation to the mainstream students.
* Through advocacy with government, 1.58 acre khas land was distributed among 22 families by following established rules and procedures, which has not only given them a permanent address and land ownership, but has also helped them to make financial gains, which will ensure a better future for them and for their children.
* 173 ethnic students from 24 ethnic villages received a total of BDT 32,400,000 as stipend from the Government by which has enabled the students to continue their studies.
* Two cow farms with bio-gas were established in Joangaon and Pariya under Pirganj Upazilla at a cost of BDT 2,455,000, which made life more comfortable for the beneficiaries. Besides, strong linkages with the government facilitated by the PREMDIP project has helped create employment opportunities for a portion of the beneficiaries.
* 13 most vulnerable people from the ethnic communities received BDT 5,000 each through advocacy with government which has helped them continue their livelihood and look for employment opportunities.
* 3 adolescents have received an amount of BDT 200,000 in cash through linkage facilitated by the project with Grameen Telecom Trust for initiating social business, which would help them emerge as entrepreneurs and ensure their sustainable livelihood improvement.
* Targeted 1,600 Dalit and Ethnic Minority households received various rights related information, which have contributed to their livelihood development and socio-economic empowerment.
* 63 Village Development Committees (VDC) were formed, who received leadership development trainings which enabled the committee members to make informed decisions for developing the community.
* 31 HRPC Committees formed at Municipality, Upazilla and Union level have received training on human rights issues which has created critical consciousness among the HRPC members about the rights of the Ethnic and Dalit communities which would contribute towards the empowerment and greater social inclusion of the Ethnic and Dalit people.
* 3 Adibashi and Dalit Unnayan Forums were formed which are actively functioning for ensuring the realization of the rights of the Adibashi and Dalit communities.
* 10 sets of musical instruments (each for 10 cultural teams of ethnic villages) were received from the Upazilla administration through the advocacy of the PREMDIP project, which created an opportunity for the ethnic people to uphold their culture and their traditional way of living.
* Vaccination camps were arranged twice in 24 villages which has made their domestic animals safe from diseases and created critical awareness along the ethnic communities about vaccination. Now they are willingly vaccinating their cattle which have made their livestock disease-free.
* 43 health camps were conducted where 2,936 persons received various health services.
* 7,656 community people realized the real situation of the ethnic minority and Dalit communities through 85 drama shows organized under the project.
* 1,517 persons including mainstream people have been made aware of gender and rights based issues through 11 campaigns conducted under the project.
* Separate bank accounts have been opened for 47 mothers groups where all bank transactions were made by the members of the groups.