Program

Promoting Child Rights to Quality Primary Education
NRDS facilitate enrollment of the children’s from disadvantaged families in the formal or non-formal schools in the remote char areas. NRDS is facilitating 4 experimental community primary schools established by the community in the char areas aiming at developing children centered learning approach to achieve quality primary education for all.

A multilevel campaign and advocacy to build the capacity of civil society initiatives at local level to national level is underway to achieve quality primary education for all. NRDS conducts studies on the educational situation and publishes people’s reports as an advocacy tool.

Institution building for Sustainable Livelihood
NRDS is working with Village Organization-VOs and Farmers Associations in promoting livelihood opportunities for its members. NRDS provide training, technical support and support to promote market access of agricultural products for increased production and fair price. NRDS organizes campaign for right to food and food sovereignty issues at local level to national level along with Village organizations and Farmers Associations and Farmer Alliance. The organizations are facilitated to interact with government institutions and local government bodies to have access to public services effectively.

Promoting Sustainable Agriculture and Household Food Security
NRDS facilitate farmers to enable them for identification and proper utilization of household resources for the year around farming, which finally enable farmers to improve household food security. The farm families are provided training on integrated household agricultural activities along with opportunities of experience sharing, technology transfer among the farm families. The program is promoting production and income of families by utilizing low input sustainable agricultural techniques.

NRDS provided training on poultry management including improved technology and technical support to marginalize and the poor families of Village organizations. Marginalized families having access to water resources have been provided training and technical support in pond fish farming and having extensive income from the activities.

Promoting Human Rights and Participatory Governance
Studies on the human right situation are carried out to inform and sensitize civil society groups. Human rights education is imparted through the people’s organization at grassroots level along with campaign program to promote human rights and good governance. Civil Society Watch Groups are facilitated at local level to protest violation of human rights. Cultural Actions and Mobilization Cultural actions have been utilized as important tools to aware and mobilize people and their organizations to achieve sustainable livelihood. A Popular Theater team of NRDS perform collective actions with community groups on various issues, especially to resist discrimination and violence against women.

Gender Equity and Women’s Rights
In order to promote gender equity and women’s rights, NRDS support village organizations by sensitizing program participants both male and female for changing attitude towards new gender roles.Various activities on Gender equality is designed to sensitize the program participants, GAD principles and values are promoted through the training so that the participants can build up a supportive environment in their family and society. To monitor and resist any forms of violence against women, Village watch groups are organized at grass- root level including a legal support system for victims. The organization is hosting secretariat of District Committee for Stoop Violence against Women and also facilitating mobilization against violence in the area.

Promoting safe water, sanitation and hygiene
NRDS works to ensure rights to safe water for the poor and marginalized families in the area where arsenic contamination in shallow tube- well generated high risk on people’s life. A participatory and demand driven approach is followed, in promoting water, sanitation and hygiene promotional activities.

Micro-credit for Income and Rural Employment
In order to ensure capital support to marginalized people, who don’t have access to formal credit; NRDS is operating a microcredit program in the region. The program is borrower’s friendly and operating its savings and credit activities through the Village Organizations, where organization members are playing a vital role of management and accountability. The borrowers use the money for income and employment generative activities where the program organizers provide support and services to achieve target of increased income and employment. Marginalized people especially women- folk from families in poverty are the partner of the microfinance program of NRDS. The program has reached the institutional self-sustainability to continue microfinance as one of the tools for income and employment generation. A total of 48,000 families are reached by the organization by 2013.