In 2017, Tearfund and LAMB embarked on a three year project, designed to increase the resilience of six communities (Nunkhawa, Bamodanga, Kaligonj, Kachakata, Narayanpur, Bollverkhash) in the flood prone district of Kurigram. Great progress has been made and many people like Abiron have seen their lives improve dramatically.
Following the initial project phase an evaluation was carried out which revealed that further work is required in order to cement the progress already gained within the communities and to ensure sustainability of this development.
With your support, the most vulnerable people in Kurigram will be made more resilient to disaster and will begin to improve their quality of life. This will be achieved by building on the advancement made during the first phase of this project and further strengthening the communities in the following ways:
Improving and diversifying livelihoods
- Existing community SHGs will continue to be strengthened through the provision of training on income generating activities, bookkeeping, leadership, conflict resolution and the formation of new SHGs.
- New SHGs will be formed, so as to provide even more vulnerable households with the opportunity to invest in new income generation and build resilience against future disaster.
- Families will be able to increase their household income as a result of receiving training on how to diversify livelihoods and carry out alternative income generating activities.
- Crop production will be increased and made more resilient to flooding through training farmers on the use of climate tolerant crop varieties as well as environmental-friendly equipment, pesticides and fertilisers.
Increasing health resilience
- Infant and maternal mortality will be reduced as a result of the provision of emergency safe delivery units at community clinics.
- Incidence of waterborne diseases (diarrhoea, cholera, skin disease) and vector borne diseases (malaria) will be reduced, particularly around times of flooding, thanks to training sessions given by LAMB staff.
- In order to improve the health of vulnerable families, latrine facilities and smokeless cooking stoves will be provided for the most impoverished households. These latrines and stoves will be made by an identified entrepreneur/s from within the six project communities.
- To protect clean water sources, communities will be taught how to raise the height of the outer walls of their wells to above flood water levels.
- Communities will be made aware of the issues surrounding health, water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH), child marriage and disaster risk reduction through various training sessions and materials.
Preparing for disasters and improving the environment
- Disaster preparedness sessions will be run for all SHG members as well as adolescents within each of the communities, to equip them to know how best to respond to future flooding.
- A community-managed water ambulance service will be established in all six communities, enabling people to get to hospital in times of catastrophe. Community management committees will be established to ensure the service is ready for operation at all times.
- To improve the local environment and keep diseases at bay,community members will learn about effective waste management.
- To improve ground absorption of flood water and reduce soil erosion, each community will participate in local tree planting activities.
Developing networks between communities, government and NGOs to enable advocacy
- SHGs and Church Based organisations (CBOs) will be strengthened through training on topics such as leadership, networking, advocacy and accounting.
- LAMB will assist in building networks between the communities and local government departments, authorities and non-government organisations (NGOs). Communities will be taught how to advocate for the delivery of much needed services from these institutions and how to hold them to account.
- LAMB staff will attend government and district coordination meetings to share progress and present training on pertinent topics (such as WASH, climate change, disaster preparedness etc). This will enhance government and local authorities knowledge as well as help shape future policy and strategy.
- To ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the project and to prevent overlap of work with other organisations in the area, LAMB will attend regular NGO coordination meetings.