An Organization for Socio-Economic Development (AOSED) was founded in 1999 by a group of young, energetic, and socially committed people in the southwest coastal region of Bangladesh, which is geographically prone to disasters and is comprised of a unique and sensitive ecosystem with rich biodiversity. AOSED works to conserve the environment, regional ecology, biodiversity, and to address the challenges of climate change to improve the standard of living of rural people.
Since its founding, AOSED has implemented different projects and programs on safe water, health and hygiene, agriculture, disaster, and climate change. In that time, they have gained knowledge and experience, and have developed expertise in social mobilization, easy communication and educational materials, linking stakeholders, utilizing technology, and natural resources use and community-based management systems, local level adoption strategies, and policy advocacy.
One of the programs of AOSED is Water Justice. Safe water scarcity is one of the most challenging issue in this climate vulnerable coastal region, AOSED is implementing multiple approaches and initiatives to ensure equitable access to safe and affordable water for drinking as well as livestock and agricultural purposes, while considering the principles of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). The key activities of Water Justice are: social mobilization and skill and capacity development; participatory action research and technology transfer; local resource mobilization, including the reuse of abandoned water sources and improving the water supply system; reducing ground water extraction while increasing rain water management and wetlands conservation; developing community and rural school-based water management and maintenance systems; and, improving ‘water governance’ protocols.
Another AOSED program works to ensure access to sanitation facilities and hygiene education, as most rural communities in the region suffer from communicable diseases due to lack of proper sanitation facilities and adequate knowledge of hygiene practices. AOSED works to address these needs with special attention to women, children, and the disabled. Another AOSED program involves food security and agriculture. Around 72% of Bangladeshis are involved with agriculture, which contributes 21% of the national GDP. However, a lack of knowledge and information about modern agricultural techniques and appropriate land, water, and chemical use has resulted in poor food security and nutrition. AOSED develops farmer organizations and cooperatives to develop community based seed banks, to diversify crops, reduce the use of chemicals, and much more.
Additionally, AOSED programs in disaster emergency response include the formation of volunteer groups, "Humanitarian Endow Assist and Recovery Team" (HEART); material assistance and services such as shelter, clothes, safe water and sanitation, and medicine; emergency food aid with special attention to infants, women, the elderly, and the disabled; rehabilitation, including the repairing damaged infrastructure; developing early warning systems; and, develop community-based contingency plans and guidelines of disaster prevention and preparedness.
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