International Women's Day Celebration
POSTED: 08-03-2022

 
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USS beneficiaries of women empowerment project take part in the International women’s day at Jashore DC office premises

Beneficiaries of USS organized a rally at Jashore DC office premises

USS beneficiaries celebrating International women’s day

Day celebration
POSTED: 11-01-2022

 
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Along with the local government USS used to celebrate different national and international days like 21st February International Mother Language day, 8th March international women rights day, 17th March birth anniversary of Bangobandhu Sheikh Mujibor Rahman, 26th March Independence day, 15th August National Mourning day and 16th December Victory day. In the day of celebration different events like rally, placement of floral wreath and discussion sessions.


Empowering women’s CSOs to ensure good governance (WEE) project
POSTED: 11-01-2022

 
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Bangladesh’s progress towards the MDGs has been widely celebrates, yet rural poverty levels remain high. COVID-19 is expected to further causes massive job losses which will worsen inequality and poverty especially among poor and marginalized. Women are furthermore discriminated and disadvantaged in other areas of life. Women’s high rates of poverty and discrimination are continuing due to persistent patriarchal attitudes and discriminatory laws, wage discrimination, high rates of malnutrition among women, and low female participation in the political life. Female politicians can not influence decision making processes to a desired degree due to several factors like lack of education, restricted mobility, socio-cultural or religious barriers and autocratic behavior of male counterpart. Lack of access to local and national governance in turn limits women’s ability to benefit from public services.

To address the above issues, USS has been implementing a project namely-Empowering women’s CSOs to ensure good governance (WEE) project supported by European Commission and Traidcraft Exchange (TX). The project has been started since February 2021 and are implementing Bhanga, Boalmari & Faridpur sadar Upazila under Faridpur district and Jhikorgacha, Monirampur & Jashore sadar Upazila under Jashore district and Dacop Upazila under Khulna district. Major activities of this project are- Develop grassroots women CSOs to collaborate effectively with local govt. on policy dialogue and implementation, promote women’s empowerment and gender equality and participation of marginalized women in economic & social development processes. Project has been organizing training of women CSOs on gender & rights, workshop for women CSOs on identification & addressing for women CSOs. Sensitization workshops for govt. officials and community leaders on women’s rights, linkage building with local govt. community leaders & women, village campaign to understand women on rights and access to services to CSOs.


Photographs of WEE project group leader training

 

Microfinance program
POSTED: 11-01-2022

 
 

Following the rules and regulations of Microfinance regulatory authority (MRA) USS has been operating microfinance activities in 4 Upazila under Jashore district. The main objective is to provide banking and financial support to the poor and vulnerable. Under this program total members is 1640 out of which 1160 loanee, total outstanding loan is 16554873 and total savings is 5289865.

Goat rearing beneficiaries

Group meeting


Promoting Rights of Dalit Communities (PRDC) with the support of DFID and Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF)

 
POSTED: 11-01-2022

About 80 lac dalit and Harijan people living in Bangladesh at below socio economic conditions. Significant numbers are living in south western part especially in Jashore. These marginalized people are facing discrimination related to human rights and access to support services from government service providers. In order to bring the marginalized groups in mainstreaming of development USS has undertaken a project namely “Promoting Rights of Dalit Communities (PRDC) with the support of DFID and Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF). The project has implemented at Deara, Fatehpur, Arabpur and Chanchara Union of Jashore Sadar Upazila and Ward No. 1 of Jashore Municipality.

The objectives of this project are to build up awareness of dalit people about their rights and entitlements, trained them to involve with different trades and build up linkages with government personnel for access to services.

PRDC has formed 76 Self-Help Groups consisting 2285 dalit peoples and capacitated them to claim rights. Through linkage with service providers 274 households brought under social safety net schemes, 1000 dalit people get health services, 228 dalit peoples get agricultural inputs, 725 dalit students get educational support, 457 people get support for fish cultivation, 45 dalit disable people get allowances, 76 water bodies were handed over among dalit community and 128 cases were resolved in favor of 376 peoples who get legal support. 380 women entrepreneur has developed through skill training. About 60000 dalit women, boys and girls have benefitted related to human rights and gender based violence.

 


SAFE FOOD PRODUCTION

 
POSTED: 12-01-2022

Globally Bangladesh has become the third largest producer of vegetables where 1 crore 82 lakh agricultural families are involved and the vegetables are being exported to more than 50 countries. To keep the environment safe and disease free of human beings we give emphasis to produce toxic free vegetables.

To produce toxic free vegetables USS has taken landmark steps under Jashore and Khulna district. USS has initiated several cultivation procedures like multiple crops & repellent crops cultivation, use vermicompost, neem oil cake, neem extract and other organic extract to manage vegetable pest.

The objectives of this project are to build up awareness of dalit people about their rights and entitlements, trained them to involve with different trades and build up linkages with government personnel for access to services.

USS placed second position at national level safe food production and marketing and received a crest and certificate as an award from the Ministry of Agriculture and Department of Agriculture Extension. Through this project USS covered a large number of beneficiaries for promoting safe food cultivation using vermicompost and herbal pesticides. USS intervention was highly appreciated by local and national level experts, civil societies, government officials and media.

 

Discussion session on safe food production

Multiple crop production by a beneficiary

Discussion session on safe food production


Traidcraft project
POSTED: 12-01-2022

 
 

Women’s socio economic barriers plays a significant role against establishing women’s equal rights. Women’s are being deprived from different spheres of life. This simply means that women’s have less power, property, status and privilege than that of man. Birth of male child is welcome on the other hand female child is considered as a curse. Women considered as the reproductive tool of the society and encouraged to keep themselves busy with household activities. In order to promote women empowerment USS has undertaken a project namely Jute: Empowered Women Ensured Livelihoods (JEWEL) Project, financed by Traidcraft and big lottery from 2015 to 2019 at Faridpur (Faridpur sadar, Bhanga and Boalmari Upazila) and Jashore district (Monirampur Upazila). Project has formed 40 Self-Help Groups consisting 1080 rural women and involved them with the production of jute product to increase their income. The groups involved with the production of jute product and improved their livelihood as well as promote their socio-economic status.



VGD PROGRAM
POSTED: 12-01-2022

USS has implemented Vulnerable Group Development (VGD) program in 8 Unions under Shokhipur Upazila of Tangail district. Through this project USS has covered 2057 VGD card holders and provided supports on health and nutrition support of children women and adolescent, provided awareness support on personal health & hygiene, provided training on homestead vegetable production, capacity building training on cow and goat rearing, women empowerment and generate skills. USS has developed training module on different issues with the assistance of women affairs. Training was facilitated by project staff and government resource persons.

 

Democratic Budget Movement
Funded by- Action Aid Bangladesh

 

Democratic Budget Movement এর আওতায় অনুষ্ঠিত Signature Campaign program এ রাষ্ট্রীয় বাজেটে বরাদ্দের দাবিতে যশোর জেলার চাহিদা লিপিবদ্ধ করছেন দু’জন আইনজীবি।

কর ব্যবস্থা, সুশাসন ও জাতীয় বাজেটের গণতন্ত্রায়ন এর দাবীতে অনুষ্ঠিত মানববন্ধনে বক্তৃতা করছেন উলাসী সৃজনী সংঘের নির্বাহী পরিচালক খন্দকার আজিজুল হক মনি। সাথে রয়েছেন যশোর প্রেস ক্লাবের সভাপতি জাহিদ হাসান টোকন।

Micro Finance Program
Funded by - Bangladesh bank Grihayan Tahabil,
BASIC Bank, Standard Bank & Own fund

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Standard Bank কর্তৃক উলাসী সৃজনী সংঘের ক্ষুদ্রঋন কার্যক্রম পরিদর্শনকালীন সংস্থার নির্বাহী পরিচালক এবং Standard Bank এর পক্ষ থেকে মি: আমিনুল ইসলাম ও অন্যান্য কর্মকর্তাগনের উপস্থিতিতে সার্বিক কার্যক্রম উপস্থাপন করেন সংস্থার সমন্বয়কারী সুলতানা রাজিয়া।

Standard Bank এর পক্ষ থেকে মি: আমিনুল ইসলাম ও অন্যান্য কর্মকর্তাগন উলাসী সৃজনী সংঘের ক্ষুদ্রঋন কার্যক্রমের আওতায় পরিচালিত সমিতি সরেজমিনে পরিদর্শন করছেন সাথে আছেন উলাসী সৃজনী সংঘের নির্বাহী পরিচালক।

সমিতি পরিদর্শনকালীন সদস্যদের সাথে কথা বলছেন Standard Bank এর পক্ষ থেকে মি: আমিনুল ইসলাম।

ক্ষুদ্রঋন কার্যক্রমের আওতায় সমিতির সদস্যদের স্বনির্ভর হওয়ার জন্য উলাসী সৃজনী সংঘ কেঁচো সার উৎপাদন, ব্যবহার ও বিপনন বিষয়ে প্রশিক্ষন দিয়ে থাকে। তাদেরই একজন বিক্রয় করছে নিজের উৎপাদিত কেঁচো সার।

দলীয় আলোচনার মাধ্যমে ক্ষুদ্রঋণ কার্যক্রম পরিচালিত হচ্ছে।

ক্ষুদ্রঋন কার্যক্রমের আওতায় ঋন নিয়ে ছাগল পালন ও বিক্রয় করছেন আসমা খাতুন।

প্রশিক্ষণ পরবর্তীতে উলাসী সৃজনী সংঘের নিকট থেকে পাওয়া দুইটি চাড়িতে কেঁচো সার উৎপাদন শুরু করেন সদস্য সেলিনা পারভীন, তিনি এখন ৮০টি চাড়িতে কেঁচো সার উৎপাদন করেন।

কেচোঁ সার উৎপাদন ও নিয়মিত বিক্রয় করছেন সেলিনা পারভীন।

ক্ষুদ্রঋন কার্যক্রম সদস্য কেঁচো সার উৎপাদনকারী রিজিয়া খাতুন নিজের উৎপাদিত কেঁচো সার নিজের আবাদি আলুক্ষেতে ব্যবহার করছেন।

Promoting Rights of Dalit Communities (PRDC)
Funded by- UKAID and Manusher Jonno Foundation

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Promoting Rights of Dalit Communities (PRDC) প্রকল্প এর আওতায় দলিত শ্রেনীর অধিকার বিষয়ে জারি গানের মাধ্যমে সচেতনতা সৃষ্টির প্রচেষ্টা চলছে।

দলিত জনগোষ্ঠীর অধিকার ও পাওনা নিয়ে অবহিতকরণ সভা।

নির্বাহী পরিচালক ও মানুষের জন্য ফাউন্ডেশনের ফোকাল পারসন মামুনুর রশীদের সাথে Promoting Rights of Dalit Communities (PRDC) প্রকল্পের কর্মী/কর্মকর্তাবৃন্দ ।