This 54 page document describes the SHOUHARDO food security program in Bangladesh and how it uses a women's empowerment model to...
CARE started its operations in Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) in 1949. Today, CARE Bangladesh amplifies the voices of the poor and the marginalized in ways that influence public opinion, development practices, and policy at all levels by drawing on grassroots experience and relationships with civil society, government, and the private sector.
We have made a long-term commitment to specific marginalized and vulnerable groups to achieve a lasting impact on the underlying causes of poverty and social injustice.
Bottom of the Pyramid Selling
Researchers studied a sales program that employs Bangladeshi women at the proverbial bottom of the pyramid, run by the Bangladesh arm of CARE.
Assistance for Slum Dwellers (ASD) is a Bangladeshi non-profit and non-governmental organization, dedicated to the cause of distressed humanity. Since its inception in 1988, ASD has worked to ensure poor peoples’ participation in the development process. ASD's focus is to ensure that poor people have support and participation in processes so that they can change their own lives. Its mission is to encourage the poor to create solidarity, build skills, link to resources, improve their bargaining position, and have income earning opportunities.
Jaintia Shinnomul Songstha (JASHIS) is a non-profit and non-government organization based in the Sylhet district of Bangladesh. JASHIS conducts most of its work through a participatory approach that considers everyone’s perspective. JASHIS values providing everyone with an opportunity to participate in the planning process, as well as have a role in decision making. JASHIS has gathered knowledge and skill through extensive training on PRA tools. As a result, the team applies their learning during all stages of project implementation.
“If you have the right aspiration and devotion towards what you want to achieve in life, I guarantee that you will reach it at some point in time!”
These are the words that Selina Akhter, a 20 year old girl was saying to other village girls her age. In just six months, she was able to change her life like no one else in her village. She is an example of how one’s own dedication and sincerity can fulfill goals in life, despite many obstacles.
Salma says she has seen a “radical change” in her husband Anzu Mia in the past year; he has become committed to supporting the most vulnerable families in his community. In 2009, Anzu contracted tuberculosis and was taken to the hospital. “Many people died in hospital from TB,” he explains, “I thought I would die too”. But Anzu did not die and after this experience, he began to change his behaviour with his wife and in the community. He appreciated and supported his wife more.
CARE's work on Food Security in the Ultra Poor in Bangladesh (FSUP) indicates that the changes for women can only happen if there are broader changes in their environments and communities. This means working with men and boys to help increase women's mobility and access to resources.
On the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse that killed 1,135 people and injured 2,500 more in Bangladesh, the poverty-fighting organization CARE stands in solidarity with the victims, their families and garment factory workers across Bangladesh. Today we must remember not only those who perished but also the deplorable conditions that led to their deaths. Workers were asked to return to a building with known structural flaws, even after other businesses had been evacuated. Equally troubling is that a year later victims still have not received adequate compensation.