Community Action Project in Bangladesh

PROJECT TITLE

Empowering Young Women through Capacity Building on Climate Smart Farming. 

PROJECT GOAL

Generate Young Women Entrepreneurs through After School Training Program on Rain Water Catchment for Small Scale  Farming.

PROJECT OUTLINE

Target Group: Students at Secondary School

  • Age: 15-18 Years Old

  • Teach-In : Class IX-X

Target Area:  Costal Zone (Khulna District)

Duration: 2 - 3 days

Boundary Partner: Bangladesh Water Partnership (BWP), Bangladesh Women and Water Network (BWWN), University, Area Water Partnership(s), NGOs, CBOs, Secondary School

Beneficiaries Group:

Direct Beneficiary: Young Women of School.

Indirect Beneficiary: Family, Educational Institutions, Community Based Organizations, Stakeholders and Community people

Monitoring & Evaluation: In-person and School Authority 

PROJECT DELIVERABLE

A comprehensive report on the proposed follow on project will be published through website for both home and host organization

OBJECTIVE

Recruit ten 15-18 year-old female students in rural coastal Bangladesh that incorporates the following components:

•Develop and implement an educational curriculum that focuses on climate change and how it affects the water spectrum.

•Potential small-scale solutions such as rain catchment systems and farming (small scale).

•Provide the necessary training and tools/equipment to construct a model rain water catchment system.

CHALLENGES

  •          Lack of adequate Fund

  •          Unwillingness of school authority

  •          Unwillingness of target group

  •          Lack of required instrument to catch rain water and training tools

  •          Political influence

  •          Lack of open mind

Floor for Young Women

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Rain Water Catchment Tools

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PROJECT BACKGROUND

Bangladesh is one of the most climate-vulnerable countries in the world. The adverse impacts of climate change have already hit the every aspect of life and livelihood. The country is mainly low elevated, so sea level rise has become a severe threat to the country. Research says that if the sea level rises by 1 meter, 35% of total area of coastal zone of Bangladesh will be submerged under the sea. The consequence of climate change has already affected the sources of fresh water with salt water. It has a big impact on social, agriculture, environment and economic development. On the other hand, the country is not capable enough to take any smart policy to overcome the climate hazards, as it has very limited resources. Moreover, climate change has been increasing poverty. Hence, in every way, youth and women (more than 50% of total population) are prominent as the most vulnerable groups in the society. In Bangladesh, the southern part has become visible as the frontier of the worst impacts of climate.  It is common for families in that area to depend on women and children for collecting fresh water for drinking, household and glowing food. It takes, on average, 4 hours per day to collect water, because the sources of fresh water are far away from where people live. As a result, school dropout is frequent in rural area.Another major phenomenon is poverty. Though some families allow the young women to continue study, existing poverty plays a vital role here preventing them from going school and increasing the pace of early marriage. To fight against the poverty and adopt the climate change strategy, young women need to be empowered through capacity building on education and develop ownership as young entrepreneurs. Hence, farming through using rain water could be a significant initiative to free up their time, and empower them financially, which further facilitates them to continue school as well as act as a change agent for their community. 

PROJECT OUTCOME

  • To promote young women to be empowered as entrepreneurs in the selected coastal area.

  • To boost up poor young womens’ attendance at school. 

  • To make aware about the impact on climate change in Bangladesh and build capacity on climate resilience knowledge.

  • To assist act as a change agents to mobilize the community.

  • To resist early marriage 

HAPPY HOUR AT FARMING

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CONTACT DETAILS

Mukta Akter

Youth Focal Point, Global Water Partnership-South Asia

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Executive Secretary, Bangladesh Water Partnership, Bangladesh

Email: mukti_009@yahoo.com

Skype: mukti_rahman

Comments

Mukta Akter 27 October 2016, 5:47 PM

Hi Makaza, I'm glad to have your feedback on my community action project. Your points are well noted. I am working on this to have a revised look and hope that you will find my project more specific on your concern areas.  

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