Char-dwellers become self-dependent through sheep rearing
GAIBANDHA: Underprivileged and disadvantaged women living at hard to reach
chars of the district are becoming self-reliant gradually through sheep rearing.
FRIENDSHIP, an international social purpose organization based in Bangladesh took an initiative to bring the char women under the mainstream of development through involving them in a welfare project entitled Assistance for Sustainable Development (ASD).
The project is being implemented by the organization at 8 chars of Sadar, Fulchhari and Sundarganj upazilas in the district and a total of 240 char women have been targeted for changing their lot through involving them in various income generating activities which are sustainable and profitable.
Government of LUXEMBOURG, a country in Western Europe, is providing the fund for the implementation of the project, said Nayeem Khan, general manager of the project.
Almost all women have enabled to change their fates after they had involved in the income generating activities, said Shaira Rahman, senior programme manager.
China Begum, wife of Dulal Hossain of Batikamari char under Kamamarjani union of Sadar upazila said she received a female lamb from the organization free of cost and gave her attention on rearing the female lamb. After few years, she got anumber of sheep from one that means the number of sheep has stood to 8 fromone female lamb.
MD. Matiar Rahman, chairman of Kamarjani union parishad, said taking different materials and technological support from the project being implemented by the organization, most of the beneficiary women have abled to change their living standard.
For earning economic profit, the women are playing role in decision making of the respective families, said Dibakar Biswas, project manager.
Talking to the correspondent, Runa Khan, founder and executive director of FRIENDSHIP, said collective efforts of GO and NGO is very crucial to reach thecountry towards desired development.