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Ava Development Society

 

Structure of the organization

The Organization has the following structures for its smooth-running and proper implementation of its programs.

A.     General Body The General Body (GB) is consisted with total 21 members of deferments professionals. The main role of the GB is to make policies and directives for the Organization. It is the Supreme Counsel of AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY and it approves all actions of the Executive Board.

B.     Executive Board : The Executive Board (EB) is formed by the GB and it consists of total 07 members. It is responsible to execute the policies and programs approved by the GB. It is also accountable to the GB and it is the main functioning body of the Organization.

 C.   Advisory Council The Advisory Council (AC) is formed by the EB and it consists of total 05 members from different professionals. The main role of the AC is to give advice and counseling to the EB in times of need.

 D.     Management Structure :

                     I.     Program Management All programs are managed by the Executive Director (ED) in consultation with the senior officials. In times of need for project implementation a Project Management Committee (PMC) is formed and this committee manages the project implementation activities.

                   II.       Staff Management All Staff are managed by the ED by following the Rules of Business and Management Policy. Besides, there are policies and guidelines given by the EB for managing the office and field staff which are strictFinancial Management : 

                    i.     Accounting System : All accounts are maintained according to the Accounts Manual by following chartered accounting system.

                  ii.     Bank Account All Accounts are kept in the local Scheduled Banks. The accounts are operated with joint signatures.

       The main Signatories are-

Ø    Chairman

Ø    Executive Director  and

Ø    Cashier

  The signature of the ED is must and the rest are obligatory.

                iii.   Audit All accounts are audited yearly by Samaj Seba Department and selected CA Firms. Besides, there is an Audit Cell for accomplishing all internal audits of accounts.

 E.               Monitoring System

                     I.                      Monitoring Cell: A Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation system has been developed by forming a Monitoring 

                   II.             Supervision and Follow up :All Project activities are supervised by the responsible staff through occasional field and spot visits, review meetings and follow-up meetings including yearly workshops.

 III.                        Evaluation and Reporting :

Regular Internal Evaluation is made through Monthly, Tri-monthly, Half-yearly and Annual meetings and Workshops. Besides, an External Evaluation is done yearly by some experts. All reports are prepared weekly, monthly, annually and they are submitted to the concerned GOB and Donor authorities accordingly.  

 OBJECTIVES OF THE ORGANIZATION  

  AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY has the following objectives-

a.                  To eradicate poverty through undertaking diffe

b.                  To organize poor, marginalized and indigenous people into small groups for developing organizations at grassroots levels.

 c.                   To promote savings accumulation and micro-credit support for socio-economic development.

 d.                  To create employment opportunities through undertaking small enterprises and market development.

 e.                   To promote primary health and hygiene education for better health and nutritional conditions including supply of safe drinking water and sanitary latrines.

 f.                   To promote child and adult education for awareness rising and to eradicate illiteracy and numeracy.

 g.                  To promote gender development programs for establishing gender equity.

 h.                  To establish human rights and dignity by promoting legal awareness and support in case of need.

 i.                    To ensure food security through increasing agricultural products for livelihoods development.

 j.                    To promote environment awareness for controlling environmental pollutions for eco-social security.

 k.                  To stand by the victims of natural and man-made calamities through disaster management programs.

 Major activities of the organization  

The following are the major action and interventions of AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY:

a.                  Organization development through homogeneous group’s formation.

b.                  Motivation and Awareness rising on Socio-economic issues.

c.                   Human resource development through capacity building by conducting trainings, workshops, seminars and rallies.

d.                  Savings and Micro-credit functions for IGAs and employment creation.

e.                   Formal and non-formal Adult and Child education.

f.                   Health and Hygiene promotion through primary health education, safe drinking water supply and sanitation programs.

g.                  Tree plantations and nursery building for environment development.

h.                  Disaster preparedness programs (Awareness building, Relief and Rehabilitation).

i.                    Solar Home Systems Programs.

j.                    Disable development programs.

 

Target beneficiaries/ stakeholders

a.                  Direct Beneficiaries: Poor, Lonotless marginalized Disables and Indigenous group of men and women of the rural societies.

b.                  Indirect Beneficiaries: Family members of direct beneficiaries.

c.                   Other Stakeholders: NGO Staff social leaders, NGO/GOB Representatives and community people.

Experience of the organization

AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY has a lot of experience in different types of programs. Some of those programs are running and other programs are successfully completed. Those programs are following-

(i) Micro-credit Program

Ava development society runs by various credit programs which are shown below-

Ø    Rural Micro Credit Program

Ø    Seasonal Credit Program

Ø    Agriculture Program

Ø    LRP Program

Ø    EFRRAP

 The major objectives of micro-credit program are-

Ø    Poverty reduction rate decreased 

Ø    IGPs Undertaken

Ø    Employment created

Ava development society is working now at Rajshahi and Natore district in micro-credit program. The beneficiaries of this program are 11,328 persons and the outstanding amount of this program is BDT 16,01,67,529 (till November, 2018).  

 

Micro-credit Program areas

Division

District

Upazila

Rajshahi

Rajshahi

Paba

Mohonpur

Puthia

Bagmara

 

Rajshahi

 

Natore

Natore Sadar

Lalpur

Bagatipara

Boraigram

Singra

Gurudaspur

(ii) Solar Home System Program

Solar Home System (SHS) is community involvement and social acceptance. Rural electrification through SHS is becoming more popular, day by day in Bangladesh. Solar Home Systems are highly decentralized and particularly suitable for remote, inaccessible areas. AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY’s SHS mainly targets those areas, which have no access to conventional electricity. At now, AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY is working 44 districts in solar home system program. It is one of AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY’s most successful programs. AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY installed SHS have made a positive impact on the rural people. For that reason, AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY has developed an effective strategy for reaching people in remote and rural areas with solar home technology.

SHSs can be used to light up homes, shops, medical, paltry firm etc. It can also be used to charge cellular phones, run B&W televisions, radios and cassette players. SHS have become increasingly popular among users because they present an attractive alternative to conventional electricity such as-

Ø    No monthly bills

Ø    No fuel cost

Ø    Very little repair & Maintenance costs

Ø    So easy to install.

AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY offers-

Ø    Very law credit through installments which makes SHS affordable

Ø    Low cost

Ø    Advocacy and Promotion

Ø    Community involvement and social acceptance

Ø    Effective after sales service

Solar Home System selling procedure-

Ø    The customer has to pay in cash without any interest. 4% discount is allowed on printed price in case of cash purchase.

Ø    The customer has to pay 15% of the total price as down payment (DP). The remaining 85% of the total cost is to be repaid within 36 months with 12% (flat rate) service charges.

Ø    The customer has to pay 15% of the total price as down payment. The remaining 85% of the cost is to be repaid within 24 months with 12% (flat rate) service charge.

Ø    The customer has to pay 15% of the total price as down payment. The remaining 85% of the cost is to be repaid within 12 months with 12% (flat rate) service charge.

Ø    Micro-utility: The customer has to pay 35% of the total price as down payment. The remaining 65% of the loan amount is to be repaid within 12 months with 2% (flat rate) service charge. There is no service charge.

Solar Home System marketing procedure-

Ø    Door to door visits

Ø    Meeting with village leaders and educated persons

Ø    Distributing brochures

Ø    Buyback system

Ø    Workshops for policy makers at national level

Community involvement and social acceptance as shown below-

Ø    Training and Recruiting local youths as AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY technicians

Ø    Reaching out to women by providing them training and opportunities to make extra income. After completion of training they have to facilities to work in AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY workshop.

Ø    Providing scholarship for children of SHS owners

Ø    Buyback system

Ø    Protecting the environment by collecting discarded batteries

Effective results of after sales service-

Ø    Free monthly checkups during payments of installment

Ø    Post warranty service through annual maintenance contact with AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY’s SHS

Ø    Training of users so that they can take care of their systems

Outcome or result achieved from this program-

Ø    Employment Opportunity raised every year

Ø    Electricity availed day by day

Ø    Environment developed by using solar energy

Ø    Improved rural people lifestyle

Long-term goal of this program-

Ø    Beneficiaries number increase

Ø    Remove electricity problem in off-grid areas

Ø    Reduce unemployment through increasing this program

Ø    Increase uses of environment friendly energy

In this program, AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY has 7(seven) divisional offices, 33(thirty three) regional offices and 234(two hundred and thirty four) branch offices. 

v    Number of divisional office = 7(seven)

v    Number of regional office = 33(thirty three)

v    Number of branch office = 234(two hundred and thirty four) 

(iii) Solar Irrigation Pump Project

Optimum use of solar water pumping can solve Bangladesh’s irrigation problem. It can make farmers the beneficiaries in irrigation purpose hence, building capacity as well as ensuring adequate supply. It can also reduce electricity demand, improving countrywide load shedding situation in peak season. Increased use of solar irrigation system will bring to the industry technological improvements that will result in efficiency gains. The long-term view is that more applications, not limited to green house irrigation only, it will incorporate the use of solar technology, which has become more plant-specific drip irrigation cost effective and which inherently uses more of our natural resources as we move towards energy independence. 

The core objective of this project is to develop a pilot project model for proving technical and financial viability of solar irrigation systems for rice and other crop irrigation in Bangladesh.

In short, project aim & objectives are-

Ø    Developing pilot model of SIPS in 11 priority areas to irrigate 50 to 60 bighas of land throughout the year in each project.

Ø    Facilitating farmers of all projects to produce at least three crops in a year.

Ø    Motivating and provide technical support to the farmers to produce high yielding & high value crops.

Ø    Commercialization of the project.

Ø    Ensuring sustainability of the scheme through using efficient water supply and distribution with support of buried pipes, water rationing, magic tubes and others.

Ø    Highlighting technical and financial viability of a well designed solar irrigation system.

Ø    Requesting for IDCOL financing.

Ø    Focusing on the operational model.

 

Benefits of solar irrigation pump program-

Ø    No recurring cost

Ø    Quiet operation

Ø    Environment friendly

Ø    Extremely reliable

Ø    Robust application

Ø    Optimum irrigation

Ø    Emission of carbon reduction

Ø    Reduction in diesel cost of farmers

Ø    Constant water supply through green technology

Ø    It will be less expensive in the long run of solar pump

AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY had installed 6(six) Solar Irrigation Pump Systems at 6(six) different upazila in 5(five) districts. The project areas are given below–

v    Doripara Solar Irrigation Pump under Sadullapur Upazila of Gaibandha District

v    Anayetpur Solar Irrigation Pump under Pirganj Upazila of Rangpur District

v    South Maragaon Solar Irrigation Pump under Birol Upazila of Dinajpur District

v    Sadamahal Solar Irrigation Pump under Bochaganj Upazila of Dinajpur District

v    Boro Balia Solar Irrigation Pump under Sadar Upazila of Thakurgaon District

v    Ghagrapara Solar Irrigation Pump under Sadar Upazila of Panchagarh District

Outcome or result achieved from this program-

Ø    Carbon-di-oxide emission reduce through closing diesel running pump

Ø    Farmers get water at less price than diesel price in irrigation purpose

Ø    Employment increases through this program

Ø    Increases farmers satisfaction in irrigation matter 

Long-term goal of this program-

Ø    Closing diesel running pump in irrigation purpose

Ø    Closing carbon-di-oxide emission reduction day by day

Ø    Increase uses of environment friendly energy

Ø    Employment increase through this program

Ø    More beneficiaries number increase in this program

(iv) Solar Powered Mini Grid Project

Solar PV based mini-grid projects are installed in remote areas of the country where possibility of grid expansion is remote in near future. These projects provide grid quality electricity to households and small commercial users and thereby encourage commercial activities in the project areas.

 

So far, AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY had installed 148.5 kWp solar powered mini grid project in Char Asariadaha island under Godagari Upazila of Rajshahi District. This mini grid project will be supplying electricity to adjacent 1207 households, 105 shops, 07 workshops, 15 Mosques, 03 Madrashas, 05 primary schools, 01 secondary school, 01 mustard oil crashing mill, 01 health center, 01 BGB camp, 01 union council office and 01 post office.

(v) Improve Cooking Stove Program

A shortage of fuel for cooking is one of the many problems faced by people in the developing world. Gathering fuel is generally women’s work but is fraught with dangers; they gamble with the risk of rape and life threatening attacks during their search for much needed firewood, in order to feed their families. In certain areas, local sources of firewood are completely depleted, leading women to travel further and further afield or to dig up tree roots, eliminating any chance of the trees growing again. Even if women survive this, they are still exposing themselves and their children to potentially deadly smoke fumes. Practical Action are tackling this issue through the use of more fuel-efficient woodstoves, which are both affordable and easy to use; cutting the amount of risky trips for firewood and allowing more trees the opportunity to grow. Subsequently, burning smaller amounts wood fuel means less smoke will engulf their homes and their lungs.  

Summary of the main assumptions of the project as follows:

1.                  Women protected from in-door air pollution

2.                  Save from smoke related diseases

3.                  50% less fuel cost

4.                  No blackening from stove

5.                  No heat from stove

6.                  Very cost effective for large establishment such as hostels, restaurants etc.

 Improve Cooking Stove Program areas 

Division

District

Upazila

Rajshahi

Natore

Natore Sadar

Lalpur

Boraigram

Bagatipara

Gurudaspur

Naldanga

Rajshahi

Rajshahi

Puthia

Rajshahi

Pabna

Chatmohor

 (vi) Biogas Program

Bangladesh has the potential for developing 4 million biogas plants. In Bangladesh only 3% of the people enjoy the facility of natural gas coming to their homes through pipe lines. The lucky few mostly live in the cities. Most of the Bangladesh’s rural people depend on biomass, crop residues, plant debris, animal dung and wood for fuel creating deforestation, flood, soil erosion etc. Women and children, on whom the burden of collecting fuel falls, suffer the most. They are the worst victims of indoor air pollution such as smokes in the kitchens. AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY believes that biogas technology is one of the best means to provide natural gas to the largest number of rural people. It can provide them with pollution free, efficient energy for cooking and at the same time protect them from diseases by giving them a cleaner environment. Biogas technology can be used to implement a sustainable waste management program suitable for rural areas, as wastes of all sorts are transformed into biogas or slurry. AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY is successful in promoting and constructing domestic sizes biogas plants to rural villagers. Impact on biogas plant owners are positive and demand is increasing day by day. All its clients are enjoying hassle free and pollution free energy for cooking and business activities. AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY is developed innovative ideas for expanding biogas program. 

Summary of the main assumptions of the project as follows:

Ø     A financial mechanism based on credit, which makes biogas plants affordable to the villagers

Ø     Plants designed and constructed after one to one consultation with clients

Ø     Free after sales service including monthly visits by AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY engineers for three years

Ø     Option for signing annual maintenance agreement for a small fee after free sales service period

Ø     Training of AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY staff, local masons and users

Ø     Community based approach to share the cost and benefit of biogas plants 

Biogas Program areas 

Division

District

Rajshahi

Pabna

Rajshahi

Natore

Mymensingh

Jamalpur

Dhaka

Manikganj

Dhaka

Tangail

Rangpur

Thakurgaon

 

(vii) Research Program

AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY is working in research program as a partner organization of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) since February, 2016. Under this program, we have 43 enumerators (Male=40, Female=03). The name of the research program is given below:

1.                  Alternative wetting and drying

2.                  The impact of drought tolerance on local markets

3.                  Improved crop management and strengthened seed supply for drought prone rainfed lowlands

4.                  STRASA gender survey

5.                  Rice mineral project

6.                  Mapping rice mineral content

7.                  Exploring networks and constraints on the diffusion of high-zinc rice varieties

The main aim of this program is to economic development of farmers at rural areas in Bangladesh.

Ø    Introducing modern technology to farmers.

Ø    Introducing new methods for update rice cultivation.    

Ø    Popularizing new rice variety to farmers. 

Following are the major activities of the program –

Ø    Enumerators are trained by IRRI scientists for every individual project.

Ø    After the training, enumerators are done pump operator survey and door to door farmer survey.

Research program areas-

Division

District

Upazila

 

Rajshahi

 

Rajshahi

Paba

Mohonpur

Bagmara

Godagari

Tanore

Rajshahi

 

Natore

Bagatipara

 

Rangpur

 

Rangpur

Pirganj

Mithapukur

Pirgachha

Badarganj

Mymensingh

Mymensingh

Mymensingh Sadar

Haluaghat

Phulpur

Fulbaria

Trisal

Muktagacha

Dhaka

Kishorganj

Kishorganj Sadar

Kotiadi

Hussainpur

Pakundia

Bhairab

 (viii) Agriculture program : AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY is working in agriculture program as a partner organization of HarvestPlus since June, 2014. Under this program, we have 15 staffs (Male=12, Female=03). As rice is the primary staple food in Bangladesh. Till now, four open pollinated zinc rice varieties have been released by BRRI and are already available to farmers to plant during either the Aman or Boro seasons. A newly released hybrid zinc rice variety, BU Aromatic Zinc Rice, developed by BSMRAU was disseminated in Aman, 2017. We work to multiply and distribute seed, educate farmers on the benefits of zinc rice, and promote wider adoption and consumption of the crop through public awareness campaigns. We are working for the following zinc rice variety-

1.                  BRRI 62

2.                  BRRI 64

3.                  BRRI 72

4.                  BRRI 74

Agriculture Program areas

 

Division

District

Upazila

Rajshahi

Natore

Lalpur

Bagatipara

(ix) Housing Fund Project : Ava development society gives the full support to make a house for those families who have an own land but have not ability to make a house. In this program a single family gets not more than one house. AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY gives the facilities in total 75 no. of families. Till now AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY has completed 25 no. of houses and others 50 no. of houses make in under process. Those families pay the home making money to AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY through weekly installment. The total installment period is three years. The weekly installment per house is 276 taka (In words: two hundred and seventy six taka only).

Summary of the main assumptions of the project as follows:

1.                  To make  houses for homeless families

2.                  To bring a homeless family in a house

3.                  Whose families has an own land, only that families gets the facilities

4.                  A single family gets not more than one home

5.                  That family pay the cost through installment

House Building Program areas 

Division

District

Upazila

Rajshahi

Natore

Lalpur

Boraigram

(x) VGD Program: The Vulnerable Group Development (VGD) program is one of the social safety net programs of the AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY that exclusively targets ultra poor households. About 6321 direct ultra-poor participants across the country receive monthly food ration for the household and a development support services (inclusive of life skills and income generating skills training, savings and access to credit) for a cycle in three upazilas. To ensure sustainability of development results and to provide women with opportunities to further improve their livelihoods VGD participants are mainstreamed into regular development programs after completing the cycle. AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY has been selected followings the guidelines of the public procurement regulations 2003 (PPR 20032). 

Objective: The NGO shall aim to improve the socio-economic status of VGD women and make best effort in materializing it. The main objectives are to build the income-earning capacities of VGD women and to socially empower them through training on awareness raising, provision of training on variety of Income Generating Activities (IGA), provision of credit and other support services during and beyond the food completion of the contract period and AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY shall continue the follow up services to the VGD women for three years after the completion of VGD cycle.

AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY has delivered the following services:  

1. We deliver the services to 6321 VGD women in Fulbari upazila of Kurigram district,   Bhangura upazila of Pabna district, Chirirbandar upazila of Dinajpur district.

2. The development support services consist of providing the training on awareness and Income Generating Activity (IGA) issues and savings management. The target for development support services are as follows:

·                     Awareness training: top provide training to 100% of VGD women.

·                     IGA training: at least 90% of the total VGD women.

·                     Savings management: 100% of the total VGD women.

VGD card holders in three upazilas are shown below:

1. Fulbari upazila of Kurigram district= 2749

2. Bhangura upazila of Pabna district=1696

      3. Chirirbandar upazila of Dinajpur district=1876

Monitoring and Supervision of this program are following-

Ø    Senior officials of AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY visit periodically to the program areas and provide feedback, input to the Field Facilitators/Supervisors to enhance quality of the training and services for the participant as appropriate.

Ø    District VGD committee and Upazila VGD committee, where organization’s Upazila level Manager is also a member, who also supervises IGVGD activities.   

Payment modalities from donor of this program as shown below-

Ø    The costs for the implementation of training activities will be reimbursed by the Government fund (i.e. DWA), while AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY will arrange the funds for credit of the VGD women.

Ø    The Development support service cost per VGD women is Taka 425/- (four hundred and twenty five taka only) for 12 months period.

Ø    DWA shall transfer funds to AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY every year by four installments. Each installment will be reimbursed after getting clearance from the Director General (DG) of DWA and approval from MWCA. DG of DWA will give clearance after getting process report about AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY from relevant District Women Affairs Officers/ Upazila Women Affairs Officers.  

 Training to VGD Women:

1. Basic and Refreshers Training on Life Skills

AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY gives the life skills training to VGD women. The objective of life skills training course is to enhance the livelihoods and self-reliance of the poor and ultra poor women. The training manual covers different awareness issues on the daily life, i.e., Food and Nutrition, Disasters and Risk Mitigation, HIV/AIDS, Health and Cleanliness and Women Employment. Implementing of the training activities includes two distinct steps. The basic part of the training program will provide awareness on different functional issues, contribute to change attitudes and generate commitment to bring changes in the behaviors and practices in the functional life. The program participants will be briefed about the activities and about their entitlements in the program. During the delivery of basic part of life skills training, the participants will develop a “Wish List” about the changes (behaviors/practices) they want to make in their daily life. The second or refreshers part of the training course will primarily focus on follow up of the “Wish List” prepared by the participants. AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY facilitator will verify with the participants whether they could materialize their wishes and if not, what were the reasons behind it. So, the facilitator can assist the participants by providing further awareness/ knowledge and sharing other practical information.

Description of the modules in Life Skills Training:

(a) Module on Risk Management of Natural Disasters

Ø    Duration of basic course                                 :03 days

Ø    Daily contact hour of basic course                  :3.5 hours (including 30 minutes for                                                                                 recreation and additional time)

Ø    Total duration of basic course                         :10.5 hours

Ø    Duration of refreshers course                          :01 day

Ø    Daily contact hour of refreshers course          :3.5 hours (including 30 minutes for                                                                                 recreation and additional time)         

Ø    Total duration of refreshers course                 :3.5 hours

 (b) Module on Personal Hygiene and Cleanliness

Ø    Duration of basic course                                 :03 days (Monthly one day)

Ø    Daily contact hour of basic course                  :3.5 hours (including 30 minutes for                                                                                 recreation and additional time)

Ø    Total duration of basic course                         :10.5 hours

Ø    Duration of refreshers course                          :01 day

Ø    Daily contact hour of refreshers course          :3.5 hours (including 30 minutes for                                                                                 recreation and additional time)         

Ø    Total duration of refreshers course                 :3.5 hours

 (c) Module on Mother and Child Health, Food and Nutrition

Ø    Duration of basic course                                 :03 days (Monthly one day)

Ø    Daily contact hour of basic course                  :3.5 hours (including 30 minutes for                                                                                 recreation and additional time)

Ø    Total duration of basic course                         :10.5 hours

Ø    Duration of refreshers course                          :01 day

Ø    Daily contact hour of refreshers course          :3.5 hours (including 30 minutes for                                                                                 recreation and additional time)         

Ø    Total duration of refreshers course                 :3.5 hours 

(d) Module on Gender Equality and Women Employment

Ø    Duration of basic course                                 :03 days (Monthly one day)

Ø    Daily contact hour of basic course                  :3.5 hours (including 30 minutes for                                                                                 recreation and additional time)

Ø    Total duration of basic course                         :10.5 hours

Ø    Duration of refreshers course                          :01 day

Ø    Daily contact hour of refreshers course          :3.5 hours (including 30 minutes for                                                                                 recreation and additional time)         

Ø    Total duration of refreshers course                 :3.5 hours 

(e) Module on HIV AIDS prevention

Ø    Duration of basic course                                 :02 days

Ø    Daily contact hour of basic course                  :2.0 hours (including 30 minutes for                                                                                 recreation and additional time)

Ø    Total duration of basic course                         :4.0 hours

Ø    Duration of refreshers course                          :01 day

Ø    Daily contact hour of refreshers course          :3.5 hours (including 30 minutes for                                                                                 recreation and additional time)         

Ø    Total duration of refreshers course                 :3.5 hours

2. Basic and Refreshers Training on Income Generating Skills

The objective of IGA skills training course is to enhance the livelihoods and self-reliance of the ultra poor women through their increased involvement in income earning activities. By taking into account the typical involvement of women in IGA at their household level, four generic training manuals on four different income-generating activities, i.e., Poultry Rearing, Kitchen Gardening, Cow and Goat Rearing and Entrepreneurship Development, have been developed. Implementing of the training activities includes two distinct steps. The basic part of the training program will provide the understanding about the knowhow of the particular IGA and the skills required to implement the activities. The entrepreneurship development training, which is a mandatory for the IGA skills training participants, will equip the participants with business knowledge including selection, planning and management of income generating activities. Each participant will receive one IGA skills training for eight days in any optional IGA (preferred by the VGD women) and all the participants will receive the entrepreneurship development training for four days, which is mandatory for all VGD women. During the delivery of basic part of IGA skills training, the participants will develop a “Wish List” about how they are going to utilize their learning and skills that they have acquired from the IGA skills training. The second or refreshers part of the training course will primarily focus on follow up of the “Wish List” prepared by the participants. AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY facilitator will verify with the participants whether they could materialize their wishes and if not, what were the reasons behind it. So, the facilitator can assist the participants by providing further awareness/ knowledge and sharing other practical information.

Description of the IGA Skills Training: 

(a) Manual on Goat and Cow Rearing

Ø    Duration of basic course                                 : 08 days (continuous training without                                                                              interval)

Ø    Daily contact hour of basic course                  : 3.5 hours (including 30 minutes for                                                                                 recreation and additional time)

Ø    Total duration of basic course                         : 28 hours

Ø    Duration of refreshers course                          : 04 days

Ø    Daily contact hours of refreshers course         : 3.5 hours (including 30 minutes for                                                                                 recreation and additional time)

Ø    Total duration of refreshers course                 : 14 hours

(b) Manual on Vegetable Gardening

Ø    Duration of basic course                                 : 08 days (continuous training without                                                                              interval)

Ø    Daily contact hour of basic course                  : 3.5 hours (including 30 minutes for                                                                                 recreation and additional time)

Ø    Total duration of basic course                         : 28 hours

Ø    Duration of refreshers course                          : 04 days

Ø    Daily contact hours of refreshers course         : 3.5 hours (including 30 minutes for                                                                                 recreation and additional time)

Ø    Total duration of refreshers course                 : 14 hours

(c) Manual on Poultry Rearing

Ø    Duration of basic course                                 : 08 days (continuous training without                                                                              interval)

Ø    Daily contact hour of basic course                  : 3.5 hours (including 30 minutes for                                                                                 recreation and additional time)

Ø    Total duration of basic course                         : 28 hours

Ø    Duration of refreshers course                          : 04 days

Ø    Daily contact hours of refreshers course         : 3.5 hours (including 30 minutes for                                                                                 recreation and additional time)

Ø    Total duration of refreshers course                 : 14 hours

(d) Manual on Entrepreneurship Development Training

Ø    Duration of basic course                                 : 04 days (continuous training without                                                                            interval)

Ø    Daily contact hour of basic course                  : 3.5 hours (including 30 minutes for                                                                                 recreation and additional time)

Ø    Total duration of basic course                         : 14 hours

Ø    Duration of refreshers course                          : 02 days

Ø    Daily contact hours of refreshers course         : 3.5 hours (including 30 minutes for                                                                                 recreation and additional time)

Ø    Total duration of refreshers course                 : 07 hours

Vulnerable Group Development (VGD) Program areas

Division

District

Upazila

Beneficiaries

Rangpur

Kurigram

Fulbari

2749

Rajshahi

Pabna

Bhangura

1696

Rangpur

Dinajpur

Chirirbandar

1876

 

(xi) Maternity Allowance Program AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY has taken up programs to reduce poverty and meeting nutrition demand of the expectant mothers and their babies. Considering miseries of pregnant women in rural areas, the government has fixed up taka 350 as monthly allowances for poor pregnant women. Here most important, in selection of the beneficiaries and distribution of allowances to them. 

Eligibility Criteria: There are certain conditions applied to become a beneficiary of this program, which include: (i) one time support either during the first or second time pregnancy; (ii) age must be minimum 20 years or above; (iii) monthly income must be less than Taka 1,500; (iv) must be the main source of income of a poor family; (v) poor disabled mother; (vi) member of a landless and asset less family, owning only the homestead land or lives on else’s land.

Benefit: Under this program each selected beneficiary used to receive Taka 350 as monthly allowances. Keeping in view the above conditions, if a child dies during pregnancy or within 2 years after birth for any reasons, the mother might get the same benefit for conception in next time for again two years. The selection procedure of the beneficiaries is the same as applied to the other programs.

The main purposes of this program are given bellow-

1.                  Less the dead rate of ultra poor mother and child

2.                  Increases the child drink rate of mother milk

3.                  Increases nutrition of mother in pregnancy time

4.                  Increases service at pregnancy moment and after pregnancy time

5.                  Increases EPI and family planning rate

6.                  Remove the possibility of dowry, divorce and early marriage

7.                  Awareness building on marriage registration

 Maternity Allowance Program areas 

Division

District

Upazila

Rajshahi

Natore

Lalpur

 

(xii) Disable Development Program The main aim of the program is to organize the people with disabilities and to establish their human rights and dignity. The major objectives are-

Ø    Formation of disable groups

Ø    Awareness raising on causes of disabilities

Ø    Extension of equipment support and credit support to the disables

Ø    Conduction of training on professional skills.

Ø    Promotion of appropriate income generation activities

Ø    Rehabilitation and Medicare supports to the disables

The major activities are-

Ø    Disable group formation and network building

Ø    Awareness building meetings, seminars and rallies

Ø    Equipment and medi-care support to disables (physically disable)

Ø    Training and workshops conduction

Ø    Credit support to the income generation under taken by disables or their guardians

(xiii) Health Awareness Program

The main aim of the program is to ensure public health, nutrition and food security in order to build a healthy community and nation as well. The major objectives are as follows-

Ø    Promotion of Primary health, hygiene and sanitation awareness building

Ø    Promotion of behavioral change education and practices

Ø    Supply of safe drinking water and sanitary latrine facilities

Ø    Promotion of iron and arsenic testing and awareness raising

Ø    Conduction of health and family planning trainings

Ø    Observation of national and international days with rally and campaign

The major activities are-

Ø    Community meetings, rallies and campaigns

Ø    Training condition on health, hygiene, food security and nitration, etc.

Ø    Day’s celebrations

(xiv) Disaster Management Program

The main aim of the program is to standby the victims of man-made and natural calamities with alms, relief and rehabilitation programs so to serve and save the miserable humanities.

The major objectives are-

Ø    Promotion of awareness on causes and effects of disasters

Ø    Extension of relief and rehabilitation works

Ø    Post disaster infrastructure development programs

The main activities are –

Ø    Awareness raising meetings, seminars and workshops on disaster management

Ø    Immediate relief actions for the victims

Ø    Rehabilitation programs after disaster.

(xv) WATSAN Program: AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY has been working on aspects of water and sanitation where the health burden is high, where interventions could make a major difference and where the present state of knowledge is poor. Our work is divided into three core activities:

1.                   Drinking-water quality management

2.                   Water supply and sanitation monitoring

3.                   Water and sanitation in different settings

The major achievements of this program is given in the following table-

Serial No.

Activities

Target

No. of Participants

Achievements

Unit

Male

Female

1

Awareness Raising

12

3000

08

800

1200

2

Tube well Distribution

1000

5000

800

2000

2000

3

Sanitary Latrine Distribution

1500

7500

1200

3000

3000

4

Days celebration

1000

5

2

300

400

(xvi) Environment Development Program: The main aim of the program is to protect and ensure the nature and environmental conditions to make a better world. The major objective is as below-

Ø    To raise awareness on natural and environmental pollutions

Ø    To protect the nature and environment form different kinds of pollutions and hazards

Ø    To create ecological balance through different action programs

Ø    To promote nursery building and tree plantation programs

The major activates are-

Ø    Awareness building community meetings, seminars, rallies and campaigns, etc.

Ø    Training conduction on seeds preservation and nursery building

Ø    Supply of tree plants for homestead and roadside tree plantation programs

 

(xvii) Non-Formal Education Program: Ava development society had worked at ROSK (Ananda School) program under Department of Primary Education from 01/07/2007 to 19/05/2010. Basically this program was for non-formal poor child. AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY implemented this program in 2 (two) phases at Lalpur upazila of Natore district. In first phase AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY worked at 53 schools/centers and second phase this organization worked at 23 schools/centers. That means AVA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY worked total 76 schools/centers in this program. In this program 2600 numbers of poor children had benefited through education. There were worked 76 numbers of teachers in this program.    

The main aim of the program is to irradiate illiteracy and innumeracy through non-formal child and adult education programs.

Ø    To promote child and adult education programs

Ø    To run Ananda School Program for poor children

Following are the major activities of the program

Ø    Training and Seminars on Human rights, Social, Educational, Health, Hygiene and Sanitation issues

Ø    Running child and adult education centers.