Date: November 21, 2011
The Economic Empowerment of the Poorest programme (SHIREE) and Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation are trying to create livelihood options for devastated victims of climate change in the North East haor region through the transfer of assets such as livestock and khas land and water bodies.
“Unless we give the poor access to assets along with Khas land, they will continue to dwell in hopeless situations,” said District Commissioner, chief guest at a public event to distribute Khas land among the landless and advocacy workshop organized by Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation in Sunamganj today.
Government high officials including ADC (Revenue), ADC (General), SP, Civil Surgeon, UNO, Derai & Sulla, DD, Agriculture, DD, BRDB, District Livestock Officer, District Cooperative Officer, District Fishery Officer, AC, Land, Sadar, Jaganthpur, Derai & South, RDC & NDC, Upazila chairman, Chairman, Sunamganj Bar Association, Upazila Fishery Officer, Derai & Sulla were present in the lively program.
Md Asadul Islam, Joint Secretary, RDCD and Project Director, EEP/shiree was present in the occasion.
Sunamganj is a haor area with huge water bodies prone to disaster with an estimated huge number of people living in extreme poverty. Given these conditions, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, an international NGO, has taken funds from EEP/shiree, to build sustainable livelihoods for landless extreme poor households. EEP/shiree is a partnership between the Government of Bangladesh and UKaid from the Department for International Development, formed to achieve MDG 1 of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger by 2015.
Helvetas Swiss Intercooperration introduces different agricultural technology for improving livelihoods of extreme poor in haor areas & combates monga through cow rearing & bio gas technology in Shunamganj.
The DC assured to provide more Khas land to distribute among the extreme poor people of the area. Other government agencies also assured to extend their support to the extreme poor people of the area on priority basis.
“This is a livelihood project. These people have lost their livelihoods, their shelter, all their assets, and their dignity, through natural calamities. They do not have access to micro finance and government safety nets do not cover them. They go to bed hungry. The government needs to proactively help them become productive citizens,” said Saidur Rahman, Shiree, Programme Manager.