Background of the Sagarika
Sagarika Samaj Unnayan Sangstha (SSUS) is a prominent non-governmental organization to the people of coastal regions of Noakhali, Laxmipur, and Feni district. Fazlul Haque (Hoque Saheb) was the founder of Sagarika Samaj Unnayan Sangstha (SSUS). He established this organization in 1985 with the dream of saving people from the losses of disaster and poverty. Mohammad Saidur Rahman Executive Director of BDPC (Ex. Country Director of Oxfam) encouraged Fazlul Haque (Hoque Saheb) very sincerely to establish a social development organization. During services as Country Director of Oxfam he gave his all sorts of support to Hoque Saheb in achieving government legal entity like the registrations of District Social Welfare Department and NGO Affairs Bureau registration. At first the organization started it’s social development activities in the coastal areas of Sadar upazilla in Noakhali district with financial assistance of Oxfam-GB. Gradually the organization is rightly expanded it’s working area with the activities of social development and disaster management. The Organization has been working with the disadvantaged and unprivileged households for their poverty alleviation using micro finance loan and disaster risk reduction through adaptation resilience livelihood with the situation of disaster and climate change in the coastal areas of Noakhali, Laxmipur and a little part of Feni District.
SSUS has always been giving emphasis on the education of poor and extreme poor households. Adult and adolescent literacy were implemented successfully in the coastal unions of Noakhali district for reducing illiteracy. Non formal primary education (NFPE) has been implemented in the coastal charlands from 1998 with the support of BRAC education programme. The children of poor and extreme poor households are the targeted students in the programme. The enrolment of primary education has been increased gradually as a result this programme. So that the country is going ahead in the achieving it’s national target in the primary education.
SSUS got the first fund from OXFAM in 1987 for some training programs on capacity building of both staffs and beneficiaries. OXFAM has continued its all sorts of cooperation including financial assistance to build organizational capacity through OXFAM Humanitarian Capacity Building Project to manage any natural disaster and emergency response till now. SSUS already implemented many projects very successfully with full satisfaction of Donors and GoB administration. Now some projects are being implemented for the development of disadvantaged and unprivileged households in its working areas by the donors support as well as GoB assistance. Netherlands Government, IFAD and GoB continually has been supported Sagarika to include an implementing partner for the development of charlands and char people under CDSP project. Under this continued process about 5 years CDSP-IV project is now running in the implementation. SSUS has established partnership with PKSF (Palli Karma-Sahayak foundation) since 1993 and then SSUS has been implementing micro finance loan programme with the targeted people/households for their income generation through various sustainable productive, non-productive but income increasing and various alternative options of income projects.
Sagarika were worked with NGO Forum for DWSS since 1991 to for a long time under Commilla Region. Forum supported Sagarika to establish a VSC center which is still functioning. NGO Forum for Public Health are now supporting Sagarika in the implementation of the project “Enhancing Governance and Capacity of Service Providers and Civil Society in Water Supply and Sanitation Sector” under Commilla Regional Office.
Sagarika is now implementing the activities of the programme “Agriculture and Livestock unit” with the support and guidance by Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF). The Programme started on November’ 2013 and to be continued. The programme is implementing with Micro-credit borrowers for reducing their poverty as well as to ensure their improved livelihood.
The organization is now implementing Micro Credit Insurance, Cattle Insurance and Health Insurance program under “Developing Inclusive Insurance Sector Project” with the support and guidance by Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF). The Programme started on November’ 2013 and to be continued under Micro Credit Programme. The programme is implementing for the development of health situation of credit borrowers as well as risk coverage of their IGA’s for reducing their poverty as well as to ensure their improved livelihood.
Sagarika is now implementing Food Security 2012, Bangladesh, Ultra Poor Programme- (UPP) – Ujjibito Component, funded by European Union and leading by Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF).The Programme started on 1st November 2013 and will be closed 30st April 2019.. The programme is implementing for the development of health situation of credit borrowers as well as risk coverage of their IGA’s for reducing their poverty as well as to ensure their improved livelihood.
The Organization has long experience to work in the development of wash sectors in the coastal rural community in collaboration with Local Government Elected Body and Government local level administrative agencies. Sagarka has established very good and cooperative relationship with Union Parishad as well as with other agencies in it’s working areas. Sagarika worked with the members of the WatSan Standing Committee and done the huge work for achieving improve watsan facilities in the community under WatSan component of various projects. Now the organization is also working with the Union Parishad under current projects for the improvement of the wash situation in the community.