Foundation for Economic Empowerment and Lifeskills (FEEL)
Anuvab Foundation is a non-government, non-partisan, non-profit, development voluntary organization, which is registered by Social Welfare Department of Bangladesh. Since its inception in 2009, Anuvab Foundation has been undertaking programs to develop the socio-economic conditions of the poor and under privileged people, particularly women and children, landless people, marginalized and small farmers living in the rural and urban areas. The key strategy of the organization is to prepare the deprived community as skilled manpower and thus reduce vulnerability.
Anuvab Foundation is currently carrying out the following activities:
1 Education Program: Anuvab Foundation’s education program is targeted to the children of poor families. Since July, 2013, 796 children are benefitted by this program. Anuvab Foundation also supports several thousand children of agricultural and industrial laborers who are the employees of Nilsagor Group, which also has reduced the rate of student dropouts in the schools.
2 Local Economic Development (LED) Program: This is one of the major programs of Anuvab Foundation, which enables the beneficiaries for greater access to income through work to the landless, marginal farmers and the unemployed community in the rural areas. We strongly believe that economic empowerment is a major means to uphold human rights. The organization has trained 321 community members on dairy, cow fattening, small business, goat and poultry rearing, and disbursed micro credit to its members. The majority of these members are now becoming self-dependent and getting out of extreme poverty.
3 Nutrition Education & Homestead Vegetable Farming Program: Lack of nutrition is a severe problem for the rural people, particularly the women and children in north Bengal. As because, in Bangladesh, the society and economy is agriculture based, farmers produce vegetables and they consume them too. Average vegetable consumption in a day is 200gm. In our project areas, people are not used to homestead gardening or kitchen gardening. But most of the homestead in the areas has more than one or two decimal fertile land. A few people is cultivating vegetables traditionally; mainly in the winter season. As a result, the year round vegetable production and consumption are not ensured. But most of the poor women and adolescent people are employed. They have enough scope to properly utilize their homestead fallow land.
We have developed 360 household vegetable gardens and orchards in our working areas, gave support to the people by training them up for jobs in groups and discussed nutritional value from vegetables. 60 community members received commercial vegetable production training and 42 community members have received credit for commercial vegetable production.
1 Community Based Water, Sanitation and Health Hygiene Program: Due to lack of safe drinking water facilities, a significant number of people are being affected by various diseases, most of which are women and children. It provides tube wells and sanitary latrines, hygiene orientation to community people so that they are capable in identifying their problems, plan activities towards achieving full sanitation coverage and hygiene behavior practices in communities on their own. In total, 33 groups and 498 families have been benefitted by this program.
2001 Empowerment of Differently Abled People: Bangladesh in one of the most densely populated countries in the world with an estimated population of 130million in the 2001. The population growth is faster than the rate of increase of the daily necessities to support the population. This over population has created problems like; poverty, low income, unemployment, inordinate pressure on cultivable land, high mortality rate, environment pollution etc. Frequent natural disasters are also enhancing the problem more and more. National statistics indicate that six people per thousand are disabled on account of poverty and poor household income. Experts say that the number of disabled people is more than this. Social and economic conditions of the disabled people and their families are extremely poor. Anuvab Foundation has trained 40 disabled people and provided sheds to 10 disabled persons for poultry rearing. This initiative will be expanded to 200 disable persons in near future.
1 Climate Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Program: Nilphamari was upgraded to a district in 1984 from sub-division of Rangpur. It is said that once the district was prominent for Nil (Indigo) cultivation. Agriculture and agro based businesses are the main professions of the citizens here. It is located at the northern part of the country which is within the poverty belt. Due to the impact of climate changes during a certain period, every year all the water bodies dry up and the agro laborers become jobless. Moreover, due to poverty, people live in straw and bamboo made houses which are extremely vulnerable and catches in fire during winter and drought season.
Anuvab Foundation has been undertaking awareness raising programs to reduce the impacts of disasters. It has also come forward and bore the treatment expenses for the fire burnt victims, distributed warm clothes, food and medicines among the poor during the cold wave in the winter and the times of flood. Over 370 families have been rehabilitated by Anuvab who were the victims of natural disasters.
1 CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Programs: There are a number of business concerns of Nilsagor Group which are highly sensitive to the issues of development of its employees and stakeholders who are poor. Anuvab Foundation receives CSR funds from the business concerns and undertakes social development programs i.e. stipend for poor and extremely poor students, wedding assistances to the poor girls etc. More than 200 poor/extremely poor students under this initiative are now studying in HSC and undergrad level.
2 Awareness Building Programs: Anuvab Foundation observes different international and national days, such as: World Environment Day, Human Rights Day, National Immunization Day, Sanitation and Hygiene Day etc. to build awareness within the community people and the society. It also takes part in Agricultural and Forest Fairs, Digital Fairs, IT Fairs etc. in collaboration with the local CSOs, Government Departments and Local Administration.