About DESHA

Vision

To establish a free, fair and harmonious society based on equal human and civil rights where people of every walk of life will enjoy equal rights, opportunities as economic, social and political.

 

Mission

To promote skill, capacity, human values and consciousness level and to ensure environmentally sound and sustainable development.

 

Goal

Socio-economic development and empowerment of the land less, asset less, poor and destitute people of the intervention areas of DESHA.

 

Objectives

  • To build up the institutions of the poor and disadvantaged people for sustainable development.
  • To provide skill and human development training in order to develop human potentials of the target population.
  • To carryout mass literacy program for illiterate women, adolescent and children.
  • To development the environment through social forestry and nursery program.
  • To create job opportunities in the rural areas by providing     small credit.
  • To integrate the women in national development processes and to reduce gender inequality from the society.
  • To undertake health services with a view to mitigating health and nutritional problems.
  • To capacitate the target people through arranging seminar, symposium, meeting on different issues for enriching their critical knowledge.
  • To encourage the poor community to enhance their rights from where they obtain.

 

DESHA Beliefs

  • The lives of human beings are of equal value.
  • In a world riches and poverty is an injustice, it must be eradicated.
  • Poverty makes people more vulnerable to conflict and natural calamity; much of this suffering can be prevented and must be relieved. People’s vulnerability to poverty and suffering is increased by unequal power relation based on, for example, gender, race, class, caste and disability; women, who make up a majority of the worlds poor, are especially disadvantaged.
  • Working together we can build up a just and safer world, in which people take control over their own lives and enjoy their basic rights.
  • To overcome poverty and suffering involves changing unjust policies and practices, nationally as well as working closely with people in poverty.

 

Organizational Strength

  • EC members are knowledgeable and have strong external relations with GOB and Donors.
  • EC takes initiatives of seeking new donor funds and proposal development.
  • Staff members are enthusiastic and ready to take challenges.
  • They have management experience during the implementation of education program.
  • DESHA has development expertise and reputation in microcredit, education and solar home system.
  • DESHA’s leadership is acceptable among the staff members.
  • Staffs have a good reputation in the community.
  • Specious office and training space is at Head office.
  • Adequate furniture and equipment are available.
  • Organization has experience in different type of program implementation.
  • Sound financial management system exists.
  • DESHA’s microcredit program and solar program are self-sufficient.
  • DESHA has acquired registration certificates from different departments such as Department of Social Services, NGO Affairs Bureau, Office of the Deputy Income Tax Commissioner, Khulna and Microcredit Regulatory Authority (Bangladesh Bank).

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Organizational Opportunities

  • DESHA is working with the poor and disadvantage people in remote in health, microcredit, education, solar home system and biogas sectors.
  • The poor and underserved continue to seek alternative to the public health system.
  • External environment is more or less favorable to implement the health program, for example, there is less competition in rural areas, health demand is increasing and customers are paying fees etc.

(Poor and underserved people are interested to get the primary health care service from DESHA Community Hospital.

(Successful and self-sustaining microcredit program leaves open opportunities for cross subsidies.

(Opportunities to leverage microcredit and education programs and attract more customers to health.

 

Organizational Structure and Management

The organizational structure is 3 tires based such as:

  1. General Committee
  2. Executive Committee and
  3. General Administration.

 

The sufficient manpower is available and working in the separate and independent discipline of projects and programs. The management is like the-

 

The structure and system of management of DESHA is well defined and is clearly provided in its Memorandum and Rules and Regulations. Structurally there is a General Committee, which usually meets, once a year at the Annual General Meeting. It is responsible for performance review, policy guidance and setting directions for the future. All operational functions of the Organization and related responsibilities and authority arc vested with the Executive Committee, which is managed by seasoned and experienced people with rich background of administration, management and policy making as well as deep interest and acumen in social work. The Executive Committee is assisted by various Standing Committees which are comprised of regular office bearers of DESHA as well as professionals and experts from outside who are capable of advising on planning, policy formulation, performance improvement and so on.

 

There are also other Committees and Sub-committees charged with specific functional responsibilities such as finance and Administration Committee, Recruitment Committee, Micro-Credit Management Committee. Purchase Committee, Disciplinary Committee etc.

 

DESHA has well infrastructure & decentralized organogram to ensure transparent management system. The total activities of the organization have well decorated with staff’s experienced, seniority, responsibility etc. in the existing organogram that is following by the total staffs. Separate chair has indicated in the organogram emphasizing Administration, Finance, MIS, AIS, Education, Health, HRD & IGA related components based on academic background and professional experience. Different projects executed by DESHA have their respective Project Directors and other staff. For the NFE program, the organization has separate team of staffs and work independently. The team is responsible and liable to Chief Executive Officer of the organization.

 

Management

DESHA’s management structure consists of two committees.

 

  1. General Committee.
  2. Executive Committee.

 

General Committee consists of 31 members. Executive Committee comprised of 7 members is the supreme decision making organ of DESHA. The Committee is formed from the general Committee member by direct election. Executive Committee is elected for three years. Executive Director is the chief executive, as member secretary of the organization.

 

 Working Experience

DESHA has 22 years working experiences in the field level Implementation of target group oriented community development programs.

 

Though DESHA received its registration from Department of Social Service in 1989. It began its operation in the field level implementation of its programs in 1996, after being constituted in 1996 by a group of social worker that were then working with the international voluntary services; DESHA began its operation in the field level in 17 village of Mirpur upazila under the district of Kushtia on the clustered basis. Over the years, DESHA expanded its areas gradually through a strategically defined plan. And now DESHA covers about 950 villages, 50 upazilas and 20 districts. The districts are Kushtia, Pabna, Rajbari, Meherpur, Rajshahi, Chuadanga, Natore, Sirajganj, Manikganj, Bagerhat, Barguna, Patuakhali, Bogra, Tangail, Pirojpur, Faridpur, Sariotpur, Madaripur, Gopalganj and Barisal. DEHSA is now in take off position to extend its area in the district of Jhalokathi, Nowgan, Rangpur, Chapai Nawabgonj, Nifamari, Thakuroawn, Panchgar, Khulna and Satkhira. Due to DESHA’s field interventions, nearly 77 thousands of households (nearly 3,75,500 people) being benefited currently.

 

From the outset, DESHA has been implementing an integrated development package including Functional Literacy and Continuing Education, Primary Education, Livelihood Skills Training and Technical Support, Health Education and Services, a Savings and Credit component, National Domestic Biogas & Manure Program (NDBMP), Solar Home System (SHS) Program and Low Cost Housing Project. Over the years the programs have evolved in the design and service delivery and currently the activities are segmented into four components namely; Functional Literacy and Continuing Education for the adults, Primary Education for the Children, Integrated Development Program consisting of people’s social capacity building and activation and Livelihood Enhancement program including homestead based productive skills development, technical assistance for utilization of learnt skills and homestead resources and health education and services of Bangladesh.

 

It began with and still follows a target group approach in its field implementation working among the disadvantaged rural poor household consisting of land less and manual laborers, ethnic, minorities and others vulnerable people. In addition to its direct field implementation DESHA also carries out a national outreach program including support to other development partners in developing and implementing their programs and through lobby, advocacy and networking at the local national and international level in order bring about policy shifts to make them favorable to the poor people and their livelihood development.

 

Development Partners of DESHA

National

International

Bangladesh Bank (Housing Sector)

Action Aid Bangladesh (AAB)

Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF)

USC Canada-Bangladesh (USCC-B)

Association for Social Advancement (ASA)

World Bank

Padakhep Manabik Unnayan Kendra (PMUK)

OXFAM-GB

Ministry of Primary and Mass Education (ROSC Unit)

IFAD

Directorate of Non-Formal Education (DNFE)

Cord Aid

Infrastructure Development Company Ltd (IDCOL)

 

NGO Forum for Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation