The Bangladesh project was registered with the NGO Bureau in 1992, and the first activity was a Poultry and Egg Production scheme at Kaliakoir, a village 60 km from the capital of Dhaka. Housewives were initiated into the project and they made a healthy profit by selling eggs. Functional literacy, primary education and health care was also given to the women and the children.
An identical project was started in the village of Gacha near Dhaka and was also a great success in enabling some of the women to send their children to primary school or high school.
At Gacha, a building was constructed for the activities of the project. These are literacy, sewing, tailoring and embroidery; pre-primary education for children 4-6 years, and a Health Centre for mothers and children. The Health Centre is operational once a week, with a registered doctor and trained field workers. Each year, 2,500 patients are treated at the Centre. The cost of the diagnosis, medicines and treatment for common illnesses is born by the project.
Seminars have been organised on Women and Entrepreneurship and Women in Development, with special emphasis on CEDAW and CRC. To celebrate its tenth anniversary, the project organised a seminar on The Effects of Arsenic Contamination on Women and Children.
Women who have attended the sewing, tailoring and embroidery classes easily find jobs as trainers in garment factories.
Waiting at the health centre where a registered doctor, trained staff, medical facilities and prescriptions were available (Bangladesh)
Finished garment demonstrates skill learnt in sewing classes in Gacha Centre, Bangladesh