Women empowerment is also very important because no country will develop keeping half of its population in darkness. Bangladesh Environment and Development Society (BEDS) has been trying to improve the life standard of those women by homestead vegetable gardening, duck and ram raring, tailoring etc.
The women of Mathurapur village of Shyamnagar sub district of Satkhira district are the example of the worst sufferers. The people of Mathurapur village live below the poverty line and subjected to several natural disaster like cyclones, soil salinity. The women are continuously struggling with poverty, natural disasters and social conflicts. BEDS has identified that the women are interested in tailoring like small cottage industry and some of them are good in tailoring. But they are unable to conduct the activity commercially due to the lack of proper training and money. For this reason, BEDS has taken an initiative to empower 50 women of Mathurapur village by developing their skill on sewing and also providing them equipments related to sewing through raising fund from GlobalGiving platform.
So, it’s a heartiest appeal to all the donors for being kind to help those vulnerable women to give them a chance to come out from the cycle of poverty and lead a risk free life and also making a better future for their future generation.
The people of Sundarbans coastal region face the lack of pure drinking water all the year round. The water in this region is saline. As a result, the people of this region are forced to save rain water and boil the water in the pond and drink that water which is very inadequate compared to the need. This water crisis intensifies in the summer. There are cries for water all around. Due to the increase in the frequency of cyclones, the embankments break and saline water from the sea constantly enters the polders. This saline water gets mixed with the water bodies in the villages and water crisis becomes more intensive.
Initiative:Bangladesh Environment and Development Society (BEDS) has been working since 2015 to alleviate the drinking water crisis in the coastal areas. In the meantime, the pond has been re-excavated and by using local technology pond sand and filter (PSF) system has been installed to collect rain water. Reverse Osmosis Water Purification System has been set up to enhance the quality of water. A community-based sustainable water business model has been introduced for its sustainable and long-term management. During this covid-19 pandemic situation people have to stay home and in this circumstances BEDS is supplying safe water to remote areas by vehicles.
Impact: Most of the people of the locality used pond water for drinking and cooking purpose. Women spend most of their time by collecting water far from their residence. By using this water, they often suffered from various kinds of water contaminated diseases like diarrhoea, cholera, Jaundice, dysentery etc. Pure drinking water was a cherished desire to them. After installing the Reverse Osmosis System, more than 9000 coastal villagers are getting safe drinking water at a cheap rate which is only 0.5 TK per liter. This little charge is taken for the maintenance cost of water production so that this activity will sustain in the long run process.
Feedbacks from the beneficiaries:A man who lives in the Sundarbans coastal region and earns his livelihood by fishing. He goes for fishing in the Sundarbans for 7-8 days. He takes water from the water ATM from Paschim Dhangmari. He expressed his feelings about water, “This water keeps me free from all kinds of water contaminated diseases at the fishing period. Before I suffered from water contaminated diseases and now I catch fish without any physical trouble.”
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Bangladesh Environment and Development Society (BEDS) has been working to improve the living standard of the women of the coastal women (Mathurapur village Munshijang union of Shyamnagar sub district of Satkhira district) by providing several training and also encouraging them.
I learned tailoring from the trains of BEDS. At first, I learned measurement and cutting of the cloths. After that, they taught making dress using tailoring machine. I can make different dresses and take order from local people and shops. In covid pandemic, I earned around BDT 15,000 by making masks and bags. I am contributing to my family income and this brings solvency in my family income. I can lead a safe and respectful life with this earning. Before they did not pay attention to my need, decision. Now they ask for my decisions. The villagers also respect me.
Feedbacks from the beneficiaries:
One of beneficiary expresses her felling. ‘‘I worked day and night to earn money for my family. As a woman, I faced several barriers to earn our livelihood due to some social and regional conflicts. I did not get proper respect from my family members. But now I am making dresses, mask and bags. My husband is selling the masks and we are getting much profit. I am contributing to my family income and my in laws are taking care of me. Now they respect me, my hard work. Now there is no such barrier to earn money. By tailoring I lead a safe and respectful life. I want to be a good tailor and also want that other women of our village get the training so that they can lead a respectful life.’’
Capacity building training and sewing equipments are necessary for the women to improve their life standard. So, BEDS has taken an initiative to empower 50 women of Mathurapur village by developing their skill on sewing and also providing them equipments related to sewing through raising fund from GlobalGiving platform.
So, it’s a heartiest appeal to all the donors for being kind to help those vulnerable women to give them a chance to come out from the cycle of poverty and lead a respectful life.