Thursday, May 11, 2017

An urgent humanitarian help request:



An urgent humanitarian help request: A total of 2500 families of Sajek area have been affected famine, today news update-already 22 men & women died of scarcity food So, I would like to draw attention to all of my friends to kindly stand on the hunger-stricken peoples of Sajek, your small amount of donation-cash or in-kinds may save one family member for 1 day. Please disseminate this information to all of your friends home and abroad and encourage to help the Sajek famine affected families


একটি জরুরি মানবিক সহায়তার অনুরোধ: সজেক অঞ্চলের মোট 500 পরিবার দুর্ভিক্ষের কারণ হয়ে ওঠে, আজকের খবর আপডেট-ইতিমধ্যে 22 জন পুরুষ নারী দুর্ভিক্ষে মারা গেছে। তাই, আমি আমার সব বন্ধুদের প্রতি সদয়ভাবে দাঁড়াতে চাই সজেকের ক্ষুধার্ত জনগোষ্ঠী, আপনার ছোট পরিমাণ অর্থ-নগদ বা প্রকারভেদ এক পরিবারের সদস্যকে 1 দিনের জন্য রক্ষা করতে পারে। আপনার বাড়ির এবং বিদেশে আপনার সমস্ত বন্ধুদের এই তথ্য প্রচার করুন এবং Sajek দুর্ভিক্ষ প্রভাবিত পরিবার সাহায্য উত্সাহিত করুন

Friday, May 22, 2015

Annual Report 2015










The Annual Report of FY 2014


Kapo Seba Sangha (KSS)
Debashisnagar,
Rangamati Sadar, Rangamati Hill Tracts



















Content
1. Non-formal education program:
2. HIV/AIDS education program:
3. Water & Sanitation Program hygiene Promotion
4. Horticulture Training Project
5. Health education project


 


Message from the President:
 Since inception, the Kapo Seba Sangha organization undertaken community-based educational programs, established 15 community-based primary schools collaborating with the community peoples of the and finally BRAC came forward to support our valuable causes supporting cash and in-kinds in our educational programs since 2006. "Education is the spine of a nation" proverb is a true valuable word, no one nation can be developed without education. As our country is the poorest amongst the developing countries of the world, it is because; the literacy rate is so low in south-east Asian countries. So, to reduce poverty, first we need education, the education can be rendered the population into the  valuable human resources, skilled educated men and women can lead the country to the top developed  nation. For above reason, Kapo Seba Sangha trying to reduce illiteracy from the society by educating the marginalized extreme poor children, dropped out children and disadvantaged children by providing  non-formal and formal primary educational facilities, re-schooling and supporting their families in our development  programs to increase their income so that  their children can continue their education and  rebuild their lives.
 The marginalized community peoples do not access to required information on the scopes of obtaining free health, sanitation, education and other development ,  further, the extreme poor people do not have the spare of time to go to the Upazila and district head quarter to have such health related information for their ill family members for better treatment and when their patients become serious at that time they have to take them to the district hospitals and need much time and money to reach to the district hospitals/clinics, to manage  such amount of money can be collected by selling their only beasts. On the other hand, if the only incoming family members are engaged with the patient's treatment, the other family members have face hunger without sufficient food.

The mentioned above situations/problems are always evolved the rural poor families who need complete free health care service at their door steps, so I would like to encourage the health service-providing institutions to go and provide health facilities to the extreme poor peoples of  backward communicated areas of CHT.

 In conclusion, I thank to BRAC, DANIDA and NGO Forum for their financial and in-kind supports to our development projects and I also thank to our patrons, individual donors and the members of Kapo Seba Sangha KSS who contributed to the development project under taken by this organization and hope to receive the same contribution from you in the future.













1. Non-formal primary education program
Kapo Seba Sangha continuously implementing the non-formal education providing primary educational facilities to the extreme poor children   class 1 to 4 and 5, age 8-12 years in the schools established by support of BRAC and KSS.This educational project / activities are conducted in Bogachadar and Longadu union with   the hired teachers, the objective of this education project is to provide primary education and to make fit to re-schooling the dropped out children age. The school management committee (SMG) monitors the entire school activities including raising awareness on the local families to send their children to the schools instead of engaging them in household works. Executive Council (EC) of Kapo Seba Sangha also together with Project Implementation Committee (PIC) monitors and evaluates the ongoing school activities.
Kapo Seba Sangha implemented a non-formal primary education project which was a  continuous project started since 2007, the main objective of this project is to reduce illiteracy rate and to  enhance the quality of education and creating a learning environment for the out-of-school children; especially  disadvantaged girls, dropped out and working children  of Chittagong Hill Tracts.
  By the side NFPE educational program, the target children learn how to sing national anthem, physical exercise, indoor and out door games, song and dance, and puzzle etc. Rate of students’ attendance is satisfactory; teachers are regular and conduct classes maintaining child education friendly environment. Parents are happy to send their children at school regularly and observing progress of their children’s’ education. But they comment, curriculum of school should be as per CHT context (language, culture). Under this project a total of 150 children received educational facilities and their parents/guardians were motivated.

Project Objectives:
·        to enhance capacity of the community for effective management of non-formal primary education,
·        to provide primary education to 150 targeted indigenous children, and
·        to develop a mutually beneficial collaborative network of formal and non-formal primary education providers.
Project Duration: Began in 2007 and continued
Project Beneficiaries: 150 students (boys and girls) of 6-11 years old including drop- out children.
Project Location: The project with five schools covers five villages (Pagla Chara,  Garao Bitar para, Obitchalita para, Mongprue para and Tulachari para   )  under Alekhyong Union of Rowangchari Upazila in Bandarban Hill District.
Funding Source(s): BRAC
Project Features: Basic education-reading, writing and arithmetic and other extra curricular activities- education how to sing national anthem, physical exercise, indoor and out door games, song and dance, and puzzle etc.
Achievements:
·        Enrollment of children in primary school increased
·        Child labour decreased (previously the children accompanied their mother in jhum cultivation)
·        Literacy is at incremental rate  
·        Parents being aware about the importance of education  send their children to   school
·        Parents get the opportunity to discuss their community problems and solidarity among the community people developed
·        Children are in good hygienic condition
·        Community ownership built  in school management 
·        Networking developed with concerned government and non-government   education department.
·        Upazila education as well as district education officer is more proactive n regarding improvement of education system especially primary education. 
Some issues/challenges faced, measures taken:
·        Difficulties faced to set up schools by the community at the beginning of the project
·        Community people were reluctant to sit for the meeting
The above problems were settled through continuous motivation with the community leaders –Karbari , Headmen and other people.



       
2.HIV/AIDS Program:
Kapo Seba Sangha KSS implemented a HIV/AIDS education project - by raining public awareness on HIV/AIDS virus transmittance from one person to another through blood and sexual cohabitation, education were provided to the community peoples  to prevent spreading of transmissible virus of HIV/AIDS. Kapo Seba Sangha KSS conducted the program collaborating with Maitre-Bangladesh holding community-based meetings/workshops at village level targeting the peoples of the project areas- especially for   the youth and adolescent, the community-based youth groups was formed with the educated youth and adolescent to conduct and spread the information of the HIV/AIDS preventive knowledge learned from the program and to distribute leaflets to adjacent villages.
3. Water, Sanitation and hygiene Promotion Program:
Kapo Seba Sangha KSS continued the community-based hygiene promotion, water and sanitation education programs along with other development programs- raised awareness on access to safe  water, purification process of  streams and pond ( purifying by boiling and in other systems) to make  free the dinking water from diseases carrying viruses and protect themselves from water born diseases. The sanitation education provided to the community people of project sites to use hygienic latrines, practice sandal use getting into the latrines and  washing hands with soaps after evacuation , practice behavior change by using sanitary latrine, not to practice open space evacuation, keeping clean around  the houses  and schools. The said program conducted by organizing workshops and raising awareness on these issues
4. Horticulture Training:
Kapo Seba Sangha KSS conducted horticulture training to 20 poor farmers providing sapling production, planting, caring and watering the sapling/plants including distribution plants. The mentioned above training provided to 25 poor farmers in 2 batches .One batch 13 and another batch 12 trainees, 15 days in a batch. The 21 trainees received practical skills in theoretical and practical methods; the purpose of this training is to make the poor farmers into the good skilled gardeners, increase their agro-based income by applying the modern scientific agricultural technology hi-bread fruit production, grafting and sapling production systems.
5. Health education program:
Kapo Seba Sangha KSS conducted a school-based health education project in Atharakchara union providing relevant health education to the students and their family members including distribution of dewarming tablets. The program conducted by organizing workshops at the Kapo Seba Sangha KSS schools and raised awareness on primary health, nutrition and personal hygiene promotion and to protect themselves from malaria and a total of 13 workshops were organized in 3 villages and provided health education to more than 20700target population with funds raised from the organization's patron and members..  

Project Title: Hygienic and WATSAN Program

Kapo Seba Sangha KSS conducted a hygienic and watsan project The main aim of the program is to improve hygienic awareness and proactive roles among the community people especially the poorest people. The program is being implemented in two unions (Alekhyong and Taracha) of Rawangchari by two union facilitators. Kapo Seba Sangha KSS believes that at first the community people must be motivated to realize the importance of Hygiene, sanitation and safe water. Therefore, organization undertook awareness program. In regular parents’ group meetings and in village development groups the community conduct group discussion, informal training, which includes other development issues. Now majority people are habituated and practicing personal hygiene and drink safe water. But in most of our other working areas there is severe hardship of water supply. 
For more successful implementation of Hygiene, sanitation and safe water program Kapo Seba Sangha KSS arranged TOT on hygiene and WATSAN for two staff, conducted by DANIDA


Project Objectives:
·        Healthy behavioral changes and increase of using safe sanitary latrines
·        Drink safe water

Project Duration: 15 months ending in December, 2010

Project Beneficiaries: 1000 poor families   covering 20 villages

Project Location:Two unions (Alekhyong and Taracha) of Rawangchari Upazila.

Funding Source(s): GOB-DANIDA through partnership with Humanitarian Foundation

     Project Features: Awareness on the importance of Hygiene, sanitation and safe water held in regular parents’ group meetings, informal training which includes other development issues. Installation of ring well, tube well, Gravity Flow System and Deep Tube wells. The project has also repaired the disordered tube wells/ring wells. Pit latrines set up are yet to take place.

     Achievements:

·        All the target families avail safe water
·        Almost 70% target families are aware on environmental health and hygiene behavior.
·        Water borne diseases decreased. Thus expenses in this respect reduced.

Some issues/challenges faced, measures taken:
·        The community people were reluctant at the beginning to contribute voluntarily at the rate of five taka per month to meet the repairing cost of water sources. Through continuous dialogue it was made successful.




 . Development Initiative to promote Transforming Youth and Adolescents (DIPTYA) project:
KSS has been implementing a skill development project- providing job-creating skills development (mushroom and swing skill including social mobilization, motivation and encouraging to undertake income-generating schemes collectively) training to 200 disadvantaged youth and adolescent in Bandarban Sadar Upazila since June, 2011 which will continue 2012-2013  partnership with Manusher Jonno Foundation. The total target people of this project are the 200 disadvantaged youth and adolescent and we already provided services to 100 target group members in 2011.

Objective: To build skills development of 100 youth and adolescent
 To increase income of the disadvantaged youth and adolescent through transforming them into human resources
Outputs:
·         100 youth and adolescent target group members received mushroom production and
swing training skill.
The 100 target group member became self-employed and was able to earn livelihood income through application of the skills/lesions-learned from the project.

·        Project Duration: June 2010 –March 11,2011(9 months)

Funding Sources: Manusher Jonno Foundation

Project Features: Providing mushroom and swing training including awareness raising, motivation, social and etc.

Achievements:
·        A total of 100 youth and adolescent received income-generating skill development training (mushroom production and swing trainings)


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Organizational Profile-KSS

authorised letter2Organizational Profile
                         Of
              Kapo Seba Sangha (KSS)



1. Introduction

Kapo Seba Sangha KSS is a community-based indigenous people’s non-political social, religious, cultural, educational and economic development organization was established on 22nd February, 1997 by some dedicated, selfless and highly educated tribal Buddhist social workers of Rangamati, Chittagong Hill Tracts, who wanted to bring positive change among the people of CHT region irrespective of race, caste, creed, gender and religion ensuring cultural, social, educational and religious rights of the indigenous communities including prevention of religious persecution in CHT region. And human rights violence against the Tribal Buddhist communities.
 There are eleven indigenous communities in the greater Chittagong Hill Tracts and possess distinctly different physical features from the Bengali people and mostly the indigenous communities follow the Theravada Buddhism. It covers an area of 5093 square miles, mostly hilly and inaccessible. The very different geography, culture, social and religion practice of this region compared with the rest of the country has clearly side lined it in terms of national development and all of the tribal communities are Buddhist. Each Buddhist group bears its specific racial background, language, heritage and culture. They are scattered all over the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

      Among other social works, Kapo Seba Sangha KSS also works on Buddhism, promotion, preservation and spread the teaching of the Lord Buddha-raises funds for alms-giving, performing ordination ceremonies, inspiring the communities to learn and observe the fivefold and eightfold precepts and make compulsory to get ordained (Pabbajja) at least once and to follow the non-violence and keeping peace through meditation establishing inner peace. The final goal of the Buddhists is attaining Nibbana, extreme freedom from all kind of sufferings taught by The Lord Buddha to reach to the targeted goal each of us must follow and practice the eightfold paths introduced by the omniscient Lord Buddha.

The greater Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) is currently one of the poverty stricken areas of the country due to various reasons. The political instability is one of the important reasons and which not only significantly affected in peace and social harmony but also caused gender, racial and religious discrimination in social arbitration process and hampered the socio-economical development process and religious persecution including burning Buddhist Vihara/temples. For that reason this region has had no exposure to any development activities and the majority of the CHT population continues to be very underprivileged and poor.
Since inception Kapo Seba Sangha KSS has been committed to work with and for the underprivileged people of the CHT to alleviate their poverty situation. During the 7 years of KSS's existence many development initiatives have been undertaken with good results including repaired 1 Buddhist temple at Chota Harina Barkal, Rangamati and supporting pure drinking water installing 1 DSP tube-well and made several higher ordination ceremonies jointly with the lay Buddhists and donated Buddhist books to the Sangha members.





Basic Information
  1. Name of the Organization: Kapo Seba Sangha (KSS)
 Address:  Debashisnagar, P. O. Rangamati-4500, Rangamati Hill Tracts., Bangladesh.
  1. Contact Number: Phone: : 880351 63658, email: kssrangamati@yahoo.com, ksscht@gmail.com
  2.  Name of Contact person: Keranmoy Chakma, phone/mobile.8801553761747,E-mail-keranmoy.chakma@gmail.com, skype-keranmoyc
  3. Legal Status: It registered statutorily with Directorate of social welfare department and NGO Affairs Bureau People’s republic of Bangladesh
  4. Background: KSS is a local community-based social welfare government registered development voluntary organization founded in 1997 with a group of dedicated volunteers 22 members, presently the number of member 52 to serve the disadvantaged peoples of Bangladesh irrespective of race, caste, culture and religion to improve socio-economic status through undertaking need-based development programs based on Buddhist philosophy inner peace and non-violence. The organization was registered with social welfare directorate people’s republic of Bangladesh, Social Welfare Directorate registration no. Ranga-.91/97 and NGO Affairs Bureau Registration No-1348. There are 3 councils in KSS- e. g. 1) The General council, 2) The Executive Council and 3) The Advisory Council. The Advisory Council which given the details in preceding pages.
  5. Objective of the Organization: To improve the socioeconomic status of   the poor/disadvantaged peoples of Bangldesh through undertaking various development activities and to alleviate poverty situation of the disadvantaged people.
Mission
  1.    KSS provides opportunities and assistance to the indigenous and impoverished people of Bangladesh, through education inner peace and community development programs creating friendly environment.

Vision

  1. KSS operates on the principle that all people should have access to the basic necessities of life including practice Buddhism.  We strive to accomplish our goals through working democratically with the communities we serve fowling the Buddhist philosophy

  1. Field of activities: Formal and non-formal education, water & sanitation, Women development, hygiene promotion, agriculture, beast-rearing, child development, indigenous issues, preservation and publication of Tripitaka(Dhamma books) afforestation, reforestation, technical training, human rights, capacity building training, women development, forestry, disaster relief, poverty alleviation, food production, community-based child education, environment, gender issues, income generating program, Nutrition & Health care service program, youth & adolescent skill development and Dhamma works repairing community-based Buddhist Vihara collectively with joint fund-raising inspiring to give the alms to the resident Buddhist monks and novices.
  2.  Location of the project activities:  Rangamati and Khagrachari Hill Tracts
  1. The Executive Committee of KSS
                                                                        

Name

Designation

Gender

Duration

 

 

 

 For 3 years
Keranmoy Chakma
President
Male
For 3 years
Ramesh Chakma
Vice President
Male
For 3 years
Chandra Alo Chakma
General Secretary
Male
For 3 years
Swagata Chakma
Assistant Secretary
Male
For 3 years
Sumana Chakma
Women Secretary
Female
For 3 years

Mintu Chakma
Organizing Secretary
Male
For 3 years
Suman Chakma
Finance secretary
Male
For 3 years
Bupal Chakma
Member
Male
For 3 years
Rinku Chakma
Member
Male
For 3 years


11. Staff:

Sl.No
Name of staff
Designation
Experience
1
Pranab   Chakma
Executive Director
9 Years experience in relate fields
2
 Likon Khisa
Program Officer
8Years experience in relate fields
3
Suman Chakma
Manager
6 Years experience in relate fields
4
Kingsuk Dewan
Development Organizer
5 Years experience in relate fields
5
 Sarna Chakma
Researcher
5 Years experience in relate fields
6
 Urmi Chakma
Community  Nurse
 3 years
experience in relate fields
7
 Subas Chakma
Research assistant
  3 years
experience in relate fields

Sl.No
Name of  project staff
Designation
Experience
1
Natun Moni Chakma
 Community organizer
9 Years experience in relate fields
2
 Deba Priya Barua
Funds-raiser
8Years experience in relate fields
3
Authoi  Marma
Development consultant
6 Years experience in relate fields
4
Ratan Barua
Development Organizer
5 Years experience in relate fields
5
 Rimon Chakma
Researcher
5 Years experience in relate fields
6
 Kiran Barua
Women human resource
 3 years
experience in relate fields
7
 Jinta Chakma
Research assistant
  3 years
experience in relate fields


Volunteers:

Sl.No
Name of Volunteer
Designation
Experience
1
Likon Khisa Chakma
Program officer
9 Years experience in relate fields
2
Binod Baran Chakma
Project Manager
8Years experience in relate fields
3
Mrinal Kanti Chakma
Coordinator
6 Years experience in relate fields
4
Manojitanjan Chakma
Organizer
5 Years experience in relate fields
5
Runa Chakma
Account officer
5 Years experience in relate fields
6
Colin Chakma
Group organizer
 5 years
experience in relate fields
7
Bijoy Chandra Chakma
Support Staff
  3 years
experience in relate fields







12. Organizational Structure & Management:

IPD has 3 Council- the General Council (GC), the Advisory Council (AC) and the Executive Council (EC).
            i) The General Council (GC): The General Council is consisting of 52 members. The supreme management authority of the organization is vested with thru General Council. All the members are taken the respective community considering their background and attitude. The GC has supreme power in overall respect of the organization; it forms EC by direct casting vote and or selecting process and provides responsibilities of project implementation, collecting, funds, appointing staff to the EC.
            ii) The Executive Council (EC): The is elected by the general council members in an election and or selection process in its Annual General Meeting for a period of 3 years term. The Executive Council is consisting of 9 members and headed by a president. The executive Council is responsible for the overall management aspect of the organization. The Executive Council prepares annual report as regards the overall performance of the organization and report to the General Council members. The Executive council meets at least 6 times in a year. This council can meet on emergency basis at any time in the year as and when needed. The problems and issues as regards the ongoing program activities are discussed in this meeting and necessary recommendations are made to solve operational of the organization and project implementation.

iii) Advisory Council (AC)
The advisory council is formed consisting of 3-5 members; this AC provides necessary advices/counsel lings to the executive council in management, project implementation and fund-raising etc.
13. Project Management:
            The member president of the organization is designated as the Executive Director by virtue of his position and authorized by the Executive Council to shoulder the overall operational responsibility of all the development projects undertaken by the organization. He is directly responsible for the overall management and implementation of the entire development project undertaken by the organization. for the smooth operation, implementation and management of the program activities the members of the Executive Council play a vital role in the management operational process of the projects undertaken by the organization.

            The Executive Director is empowered by the Executive Council for the overall administration of the project and to make administrative decision as and when needed. The Executive Director is responsible for the successful implementation of the project. He supervises the program, administration, accounts, and ensure keeping of proper record of expenditure, disburser and realization of credit and other activities of according to the project plan and budget. The Executive Director through recruitment Council recruits all the mid level, senior level program personnel and Accounts and Administrative personnel. The Executive directive is reportable to the Executive Council for the overall performance of the project activities and achievement.

14. Financial Management and Control:
            In order to maintain transparency in financial system, KSS is in the practice of maintaining proper books of account and has proper control on its funds according to the rules of the prescribed financial policy approved by the general & executive council; cash in hand and at bank. For this purpose, a separate bank account will be opened against each project it is needed. The bank account is maintained with the joint signature of the secretary and cashier.

15. Auditing:
            After every financial year the external auditor will audit all the books of accounts. The auditor will be appointed as per the decision of the General Council of the organization in its Annual Meeting for the approval of the General Council.

16. Project Implementation Strategy:
            In order to achieve the objective of the goal of the Organization as well as the project objective KSS follows systematic strategy in the implementation process for its entire planned project. Commitment of the dedicated and skilled work force is treated as the key factor for the success of any of its projects. As such immediate after the recruitment of the project personnel, a project orientation session is organized where these recruited project personnel are provided with orientation as regards the target community.  They are motivated to work in the development project with a attitude of welfare for the target beneficiaries. In order to improve their professional skill in related field, the recruited staffs are also provided with training different development training instituted. KSS maintains a strong chain of command in staff management for their respective position. As per the organogram a supervisory set up is defined and established. As such their respective supervisors supervise staff in different level and the reporting chain is maintained accordingly. The Executive Committee of the Organization handles the management aspect of the project by guiding the staff.

17. Reporting system:
            Activity & progress Report: Data against all the activities undertaken for the implementation of the project are recorded on daily basis. In every month these daily basis data are compiled to prepare a monthly activity report. After every six-month, all the data are complied and a half yearly progress report is prepared for the overall target achievement of the project and the half yearly report is forwarded to the concerned authorities.   

18. Monitoring:
            For monitoring purpose data are collected on monthly basis against the progress of planned activities and achievement of target and objectives. These data compiled in every three months and verified for the preparation of the monitoring report with its finding and recommendation. In every three months, the quarterly basis monitoring reports are prepared. The concerned project personnel responsible for any particular program are made responsible to strictly follow the recommendation as outlined in the monitoring report overcome the barriers against the project objectives.

19. Evaluation:
KSS`s Internal evaluation team consisting 3 members evolutes project activities during the implementation period; external and internal, qualitative and quantitative evaluation is conducted in each project activity The Internal evaluation is conducted by the organization's formed evaluation team and the external evaluation is conducted as the instruction of the relevant donors/funding agencies as required.

20. Financial Report:
            At the end of every month a monthly financial report (receipt and payment account) is prepared. At the end of each financial year and annual financial report is prepared which includes the financial balance sheet showing the total assets and liabilities of the organization. At the end of each year and on the completion of the project time frame all these all these reports are kept available for donor and government concerned authorities.
Bank information: Namae of Bank-Rupali Bank Ltd. Adress: Tabalchari Bazar, Rangamati, A/C No.3114

21. Logistics and resources Office:
i)                    Office space (rented) Head Office: Debashisnagar, Rangamati-4500, Rangamati Hill Tracts.        
            ii) Vehicles: Motor Cycle-2, Country Boat-2, and Cycly-12.
iii) Source of fund raising: The Organization is raised fund from the national and   international donor agencies, its members, patrons, well wishers, government agencies and its devotees, incomes get from its income generating programs- vegetable cultivation, and other donor agencies for KSS development initiatives/projects.

22. Affiliation & Co-operation:
KSS has partner/ associated NGOs, namely- CHT WON, SAKS, BWA, SAMKS, PROGRESSIVE, Globalgiving USA,

Funded donors of KSS
MISEWREOR-Germany, GTz-Germany, Canadian international Development Agency CIDA, Australian High Commission Ausaid, Manusher Jonno Foundation MJF and Ministry of science and technology