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Nobo Jatra Project

Nobo Jatra Project

From the last few years’ natural disaster have been increases in the south-west coastal part of Bangladesh. On the contrary food security, nutrition and resilience is being decreases. This adverse impact is leading around 1 million people towards uncertain livelihood. South-west coastal belt is officially disaster-prone and vulnerable area of Bangladesh. ‘Nobo Jatra-New Beginning’ is a five year USAID Food for Peace Title II Development Food Assistance Project that seeks to improve gender equitable food security, nutrition and resilience in southwest Bangladesh. World Vision Bangladesh, together with the World Food Program and Winrock International and 3 local partner NGOS namely Shushilan, Nabolok and CODEC, undertook the program in September 2015, integrating interventions in MCHN, WASH, agriculture and alternative livelihoods, DRR, good governance and social accountability and gender to achieve its objectives. Nobo Jatra is jointly implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR) of the Government of Bangladesh in Dacope and Koyra Upazila in Khulna and Shaymnagar and Kaliganj Upazila in Satkhira. Under the Nobo Jatra project, Nabolok has covered 16 Unions in Dacope upazila-9 and Koyra Upazilla-7 union. Where total household is 82347 and covering population 346247 direct and indirect beneficiaries. Nabolok is working as co-operating partner of World Food Program (WFP) for Disaster Risk Reduction through strong social structure, enhance socio economic status and improve livelihood security of poor and extreme-poor communities. Nabolok commenced its involvement in Dacope and Koyra Upazila with “Nobo Jatra-New Beginning” project with the guidance and assistance of World Food Program which will be end in September 2020.

Nobo Jatra’s Goal and Purpose

The main goal and purposes of Nobo Jatra project are shown in the figure-

  1. Improved nutritional status of children under five years of age, pregnant and lactating women and adolescent girls
  • Improved utilization of WASH practices
  • Reduced adolescent pregnancy
  • Increased equitable intake of nutritious food
  • Increased practice of gender equitable norms in the household (food distribution, work load, supporting environment, and decision making)
  1. Increased equitable household income
  • Increased diversification of livelihoods for graduation participants
  • Increased production of safe, diverse and nutritious-foods
  1. Strengthened gender equitable ability of people, households, communities and systems to mitigate, adapt to and recover from natural shocks and stresses
  • Strengthened disaster preparedness and response of communities
  • Strengthened disaster preparedness and response of government institutions and private organizations
  1. Improved social accountability and national policy engagement of service provision for vulnerable men and women
  • Increased responsiveness of market-based local service providers (WASH & Agriculture) to meet the needs of vulnerable men & women
  • Increased responsiveness of government service providers (H&N, DRR, AgE, social protection) to meet the needs of vulnerable men and women
  • Vulnerable communities raise demand on social & technical services

Duration of the Project: October’ 2015 to September’ 2020

Beneficiaries category: UzDMC member, UDMC member, Village Development Committees, Youth Volunteers, Pregnant and Lactating Women (PLW), Landless people (Poor and Ultra poor) and communities.

 Major Activities and achievement of NJP from July’ 2017 to June’ 2018

Financial Literacy training on e-money account management

Nobo Jatra will provide a monthly conditional cash transfer (CCT) of 2,200 taka per month for 15 months to a total of 23,600 pregnant women (PW) over the life of the project. NJP team open Bkash account with Banglalink sim registration. After registration we provide them financial literacy training for how to operate bkash, PIN management, cash out process, beneficiaries receive DRR counseling etc. for e-money management. Till now we open 4378 account for cash transfer and provide money each month over account. The cash transfer amount represents 30 percent of mean monthly household consumption expenditures for poor households in rural Bangladesh, and was calculated to cover the estimated gap in caloric and nutritional needs (675 kcal of food and 19g of protein beyond the standard 2,100 adult requirement) for chronically food insecure pregnant women.

Capacity building of UDMC members through training on their roles & responsibilities

NJP team organized Training on roles and responsibilities for the Union Disaster Management Committee (UDMC) members at 3 Unions of Dacope and 1 Union of Koyra Upazila. The objectives of the training were to aware UDMC on their roles & responsibilities and to enhance their capacities on DRR and prepare a Risk reduction & enhancing resilience action plan. Each of training has been organized for 2 days with a daylong schedule which duration was 9 AM to 3.30 PM. Following the table contained the information UDMC training;

Particulars Dacope Koyra Total
# of Event Conducted 3 1 4
Total Hours Conducted (Sum) 48 16 64
Male Participants Participated 72 22 94
Female Participants Participated 20 7 27
Total Participants Participated 92 29 121

Table-1: Training for UDMC on their roles and responsibilities

Organize disaster preparedness training for the Village Development Committees and engage with PRA, CRA, RRAP, and CDMAP preparation

NJP team organized 126 training session on disaster preparedness and risk reduction for the Village Development Committee (VDC). The objectives of the training were to development of their communities over the years and to enhance their capacities on DRR and prepare a Risk reduction & enhancing resilience action plan regarding the vulnerability context. Each of training has been organized for one day with a daylong schedule which duration was 9 AM to 4.30 PM. In the existing time, NJP Dacope team organized 48 batches and Koyra team organized 78 batches of VDC training at Union level. They were engaged with PRA, CRA, RRAP, CDMAP for respective union. Each and every Government and non-government project will be taken and implemented from RRAP scheme. And the full process is came from UDMC, VDC and Youth.

Particulars Dacope Koyra Total
# of Event Conducted 48 78 126
Male Participants Participated 825 1406 2231
Female Participants Participated 705 1219 1924
Total Participants Participated 1530 2625 4155

Table-2: Training on Disaster Preparedness and Risk Reduction for the VDC

 CRA and RRAP Development:

Nabolok organize UzDMC planning meeting and planned which union need to prepare RRAP and inform that to UDMC. UDMC call planning meeting facilitated by NJP staff, UP Chairman and members. From the meeting a 30 person consisting list were developed and conduct 4 daylong CRA training. From the training and field practice an action plan were developed for ward level two day long community risk assessment session and note all scheme for validation. After union level validation all compile RRAP were revalidate in Upazila level. Participant type were UDMC, VDC, Youth, GO-NGO and community people. UzDMC declare that all scheme will be implemented from the RRAP in Upazila level. Given below the total participant information below;

Training particulars CRA training CRA session Validation participants RRAP Approval workshop
Dacope Koyra Total Dacope Koyra Total Dacope Koyra Total Dacope Koyra Total
# of Event Conducted 9 6 15 90 54 144 8 6 14 1 1 2
Total Hours Conducted (Sum) 262 186 448 1134 724 1858 57 40 97 5 5 10
Male Participants Participated 155 88 243 782 648 1430 279 273 552 32 30 62
Female Participants Participated 81 52 133 738 628 1366 55 34 89 7 4 11
Total Participants Participated 236 140 376 1520 1276 2796 334 307 641 39 34 73

Table-03: CRA Process and participated participant categories

 Facilitate organization of UzDMC and UDMC regular meeting and documented as per Standing Orders on Disaster (SOD)

Strengthen capacity of union and upazila DMCs. To address the gaps identified by Nobo Jatra, WFP will facilitate to members of the two Upazila DMCs and the 16 Union DMCs in disaster management, of whom at least 30 percent will be women, which will enhance their capacity to perform their role in line with the SOD.

Meeting particulars Uz DMC Meeting Union DMC Meeting
Dacope Koyra Total Dacope Koyra Total
# of Event Conducted 3 3 6 89 54 143
Total Hours Conducted (Sum) 9 9 18 271 147 418
Male Participants Participated 66 83 149 1518 1214 2732
Female Participants Participated 13 9 22 483 274 757
Total Participants Participated 79 92 171 2001 1488 3489

Table-04: UDMC and UzDMC meeting event and participated member information

Technical and Acceleration Grant Support

A map of union and Upazila level public and private actors in terms of funding will be developed and once the UDMCs complete the RRAP and CDMAP exercises effectively, they will be entitled to receive an amount of money as an “acceleration fund”. Each of the union will get 10 lac taka for RRAP scheme implementation. Already we support these amount in 12 Union out of 16. The rest union is under process to provide grant support of 10 Lac Taka. Within this we provide orientation Each UDMC on acceleration fund process and scheme selection.

Mobilize Youth groups in DRR activities:

Nabolok mobilize 1 group of containing 50 youth (with equal ratio of boys & girls) in each of the unions, who will be linked to their respective Union DMC for greater awareness and engagement; the Youth Groups will be provided with the ToT in disaster management, which will enable them to support the Union DMCs. In all targeted unions, trained Union DMC members and local youths will subsequently carry out trainings of village-level committees (VDCs) in disaster management. This will ensure that the necessary knowledge on disaster management is present at the grassroots level. They also assist different DRR activities in our working area. They worked as voluntary activities like prepared household level Disaster risk reduction action plan for capacity building of 500 household in each Union and total coverage 8000 in. NJP conduct progress review meeting to enhance and strengthen their roles and responsibilities.


Training particulars DRR training CRA Training HH DRR preparedness plan Progress review meeting
Dacope Koyra Total Dacope Koyra Total Dacope Koyra Total Dacope Koyra Total
# of Event Conducted 9 7 16 9 6 15 693 1561 2254 0 4 4
Total Hours Conducted (Sum) 144 109 253 72 48 120 1116.5 3106.5 4223 0 15.5 15.5
Male Participants Participated 243 179 422 191 117 308 1040 2120 3160 0 66 66
Female Participants Participated 155 156 311 108 97 205 1153 2607 3760 0 80 80
Total Participants Participated 398 335 733 299 214 513 2193 4727 6920 0 146 146

Table-05: Youth voluntary work and participated participant information

IGAs training for graduation beneficiaries

Ensure minimum 02 consistence income sources (agriculture/homestead gardening/poultry/livestock rearing, Aquaculture, non-farm activities) by each graduation participants/ households. NJP team visited both Entrepreneur literacy centre and beneficiary’s households and select 2 type of IGA for 2306 beneficiaries considering their practical knowledge, market access and geographical context. Beneficiaries selected their IGA options and our facilitators assist them to select the potential IGA (2 IGA per beneficiaries and total 4612). After reviewing, Upazila PG technical committee approved the submitted business plan and original copy of approved plan, we handed over the respective beneficiaries for their next course of action. After completed and approved the business development plan, we started IGA training to the beneficiaries on their selected IGA. NJP IGA team received TOT on IGA module and that time we finalized different IGA module developed by IGA team. Based on the IGA, training duration was fixed where 2 / 3 days used as per the printed module. Respective GoB line department Officials also facilitated these training session at union level. Already each participants got 15,000 taka for two IGA and get started their alternative livelihood.

 Organize simulation exercise for the relevant stakeholders on emergency response.

NJP thinks that one of the most common recommendations is for preparedness of disaster is Simulation Exercise. Participants see the value of taking part in simulations like this and they understand that the more plans are tested the more likely they are to be implemented successfully when a real disaster occurs. Simulation Exercises can range from small to large. It doesn’t matter what the size. This simulation exercise is an opportunity to raise awareness, test systems and allow people to practice the response plans. It develops the skills and knowledge of individuals and can also help improve relationships and coordination within teams and between organizations. Ultimately, it is about making sure when a disaster hits people are ready and prepared. For these NJP trying to organize Simulation exercise in each Union. Already we organized a simulation exercise at Botbunia High school field-Tildanga Union in Dacope Upazila and successfully completed the event. Where people of presence total is around 650 (350 male and 300 female). Where also present WFP country Director, Head of KSO, Program Associate, Dacope UNO, Union Chairman, Community People, School teacher, Govt. bodies and Nabolok head office staff and Dacope field office staff. We also going to organize the rest 15 Unions.

National Disaster Preparedness Day (NDPD) Observance

Considering the vulnerability context of coastal belt in the country, Nabolok Nobo Jatra team observed National Disaster Preparedness Day (NDPD) on 10th march in this year at 16 Unions of both Dacope and Koyra Upazila and also in respective Upazila and district level. The theme for NDPD in this year is Rvb‡e wek¦ Rvb‡e †`k, `y‡hv©M †gvKv‡ejv&q cÖ¯ÍyZ evsjv‡`kÓ. The main objective of this day is to make people aware and conscious on disaster vulnerability and take initiatives to enhance resilience of people and communities. At that day, Different events like rally, discussion, art competition (school base), pot songs, cyclone simulation exercise etc. for aware people in country specially in khulna district and two upazila-Dacope and Koyra. Different people from different level was attained on the organized events. Which are given below;

Event Name Upazila wise total participants attended at a glance in different events Total Participants
Dacope Koyra Khulna
Participants Participants Participants
Female Male Female Male Female Male
Rally 1279 1291 787 1090 150 300 4897
Discussion Session 1279 1291 751 1036 0 0 4357
Art Competition 143 137 146 64 0 0 490
Speech Competition 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Debate Competition 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pot Song 260 220 160 190     830
Cyclone Simulation 150 300 450
Prize Ceremony Merit 38 16 25 10   89
Consolation 111 115 121 54   401

Next Year Plan

  1. Organize one-day training for two VDC on Disaster Preparedness and link them with local DMCs;
  2. Organize four-days PRA, CRA, RRAP and CDMAP training for selected DMC, VDC and Youths;
  3. Organize one-day PRA, CRA, RRAP and CDMAP training for rest of the Youths;
  4. Organize RRAP validation workshop at UDMCs and approval workshop at UzDMC level;
  5. Conduct environmental monitoring and implementation monitoring of DRR schemes;
  6. Facilitate to organize UzDMC and UDMC meetings as per SOD and ensure WFP/CPs participation;
  7. Organized and facilitated UDMC refreshers training on their roles and responsibilities;
  8. Organize follow up meeting with DMC and DRR actors on progress of RRAP implementation;
  9. Facilitate orientation on household level disaster preparedness and risk reduction for Youth groups;
  10. Facilitate to organize the Dry Run session and Cyclone Simulation events in Khulna district;
  11. E-money account opening and orientation for the MCHN-CCT and PG-CCT beneficiaries;
  12. Transfer cash to the MCHN & PG CCT beneficiaries;
  13. Facilitate to develop business development plan of left out promotional graduation participants;
  14. Organize IGA skill development training for left out promotional graduation participants;
  15. Transfer Cash grant to the graduation participants to initiate Income Generation Activities (IGAs);
  16. Participate in NJP coordination meetings at district/ Upazilas / unions;

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