ENRICH

 

ENRICH is a programme conducted at the grassroots level focusing for overall household development of the poor. The programme targets to poor families, working with them to enhance and maximize the utilization of their resources and skills. ENRICH aims to alleviate poverty not only through income generation but through a holistic approach targeting other crucial aspects of human life including health, education, youth development, community development, etc, the goal being sustainable development driven by the people themselves.

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By working with selected households in association with the local government and committed stakeholders, ENRICH catalyses the households’ efforts to lift them out of poverty. The overall goal of the programme is to ensure human dignity and freedom by gradually reducing poverty in a sustainable manner, towards total elimination at the household and community level in the unions, and ultimately, throughout the country. By nurturing the skills potential of poor households, ENRICH encourages and assists them in changing to their economic status. Access to appropriate technology, as well as access to health and education services, will ensure increase in productivity, allowing them optimize returns from market operations. It is crucial for the success of this programme that the households themselves are eager and willing to pave the road to their development, a task which requires time, hard work and patience.

 

DESHA introduced this programme since July 2014 with financial and technical support from PKSF. Initially DESHA started ENRICH program in Baruipara Union of Mirpur Upazila under Kushtia district now organization enhanced this program in Barkhada Union of Kushtia Sadar Upazila and Malihad Union of Mirpur Upazila under Kushtia District.

 

ENRICH SERVICES

In track with ENRICH’s philosophy, many programmes have been established for both household and community development. Now at present our organization implementing Health and Education Programme. Our outstanding programs and features have been highlighted below.

 

Health Programme

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The ENRICH Health Programme is designed to provide comprehensive primary healthcare services for all households in the selected Unions. Currently, 48 health volunteers and 7 health assistants visit the households in the ENRICH Unions. Each household is visited at least once a month to collect health-related information about all its members. The information and data collected are recorded in the household passbooks and also entered into a computer database established for the purpose. The health assistants arrange satellite clinics every week which are attended by MBBS doctors. Health camps (vision, dental, heart, diabetes, etc) are also organized from time to time, with specialist doctors attending. In these camps, patients with serious ailments are referred to different public as well as private hospitals and clinics where their treatment is arranged free of cost. For the first time ever, ENRICH has also launched a de-worming campaign, giving away free medicine (albendezole) to 100% of its registered households for all members above 5 years of age.

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Progress of Health Programme Upto June 2015

Category

Number

Unions

03

Household

2,3201

Health Assistants

07

Health Volunteers

48

Satellite Clinic

103

Patient of Satellite Clinic

2,699

Static Clinic

490

Patient of Static Clinic

7,945

Health Camp

09

Patient of Health Camp

856

Cataract Surgery Camp

03

Patient of Cataract Surgery Camp

418

Health Card Sold

1,483

 

Education Programme

The ENRICH Education Programme primarily seeks to address the problem of drop-out of children from primary level education. Under this programme, at least one afternoon education centre has been established in every village. All students up to Class 2 are helped in these teaching centres to prepare the next days’ tasks, given that often there are no facilities and educational support for the students at their homes. Gradually, these centres will accommodate students up to Class V. These education centres take special care of students who are generally slow learners and need the extra help and time to grasp material taught at school. So far 60 education centres have been established in 03 ENRICH Unions.

 

Progress of Education Programme Upto June 2015

Category

Number

Unions

03

Education Centres

60

Teachers

60

Students

1,617