The Major Current Projects of Light House
1.Prioritized HIV prevention services for key population (MSM, MSW and Hijra) in Bangladesh funded by Global Fund: Light House has been implementing different projects under its strategic priority of “Health, Nutrition & Population” sector including HIV and AIDS prevention project among MSM and Hijra by forming a “Consortium” with Khulna Mukti Seba Sangstha (KMSS). Light House has been implementing the “Prioritized HIV prevention services for key populations (MSM, MSWs and Hijra) in Bangladesh” project from December 2017 where Light House is the lead of the consortium (Sub-Recipient). It has been implementing the project under technical guidance of principle recipient (PR) icddr,b, funding from GFATM to implement HIV prevention services among 13,696 MSM, MSWs and Hijra in 18 districts of Rajshahi, Rangpur, Khulna, Barishal and Dhaka division through 9 DICs, 11 Sub-DICs and 5 Outlets. The project will be implemented for next three (03) years starting from 1st December 2017 to 30th November 2020.
The major activities of the service centers includes HTS services as well as STI for MSM and hijra population including MARA beneficiaries and their regular partners, counseling, behavior change massages, condom promotion and free distribution, create awareness among beneficiaries through group education session. DICs are used as a safe place where MSM and hijra population can come and receive services without being discriminated. Beside the DIC based activities the project includes some referral activities like- complicated STI and suspected TB cases.
- HIV Prevention Program for Female Sex Workers (FSW) and Their Clients: Bangladesh experiences a low-level HIV epidemic among female sex workers (FSWs) being disproportionately impacted by the epidemic. The HIV prevention program has shown significant success in scaling up coverage, 48% FSWs in 2014 (HIV midline survey). Progress was attained in containing the epidemic, as evidenced by national sentinel surveillance system for FSWs, MSWs, MSM, PWID and hijra, set up since 1998. Condom use by FSWs has improved, but has not attained the 100% national target, as 75,1% of FSWs used a condom at last sex in 2012 (adjusted data from the mid-term survey).
HIV Prevention Program for Female Sex Workers (FSW) and Their Clients will be implemented by Light House as PR under the leadership of Principal Recipients (PRs), namely Save the Children International. Light House Consortium i.e. Light House as SR along with three SSRs: Young Power in Social Action (YPSA), Sylhet Jubo Academy (SJA) and Nari Mukti Sangha (NMS) will implement the activities under sub grant agreement. Light House will established 21 DICs and 14 Sub-DIC in Chapai Nawabganj, Dinajpur, Khulna, Benapole, Meherpur, Lalmonirhat, Dhaka, Chittagong Gazipur, Bandarban, Rangamati and Khagrachari districts. This project also has a strong focus on capacity building and on human and financial resources, with the aim of enabling communities and community actors to play a full and effective role alongside other organizations.
- Improve the quality of life of the women and children residing in the brothel of Mymensingh and Tangail through capacity building and facilitating essential HIV/PMTCT and SRH services by UNFPA and UNICEF.
- Suppliers Qualification Program (SQP), Essential Health Care services to RMG Workers supported by GIZ: Light House has been providing “Essential Healthcare Services” (EHS)to the workers of 13 selected Garment industries in Tanagil , Gazipur , Dhaka and Naraynganj district. This contract was awarded to Light House through a competitive bidding process in November 2014 by the GIZ International Services (GIS-IS) under its umbrella project ‘Suppliers Qualification Program (SQP) phase VI, on behalf of a German based buyers group. The contract made for a period of 43 months from December 2014 to June 2018.
This Essential Health Care Services’ comprises of patients’ treatment with free medication, health education sessions; ANC, pathology, ultrasonography, nutrition supplement and Delivery care of pregnant workers, Eye care services for treatment & supplying spectacles through conducting eye camps at factory level; TT immunization, blood grouping , randomly blood sugar testing etc for about 30,000 workers. This is a collaborative and complementary program over and above of garment factory’s own regular health service provision. GIZ-IS has been implementing SQP through 8 modules for different purposes.
- Treatment, Research and Rehabilitation Centre (TRRC) for Drug Users is Light House’s initiative to provide detoxification, treatment and rehabilitation. It has received technical support from BARACA to make the initiative sustainable. TRRC aims to provide individualized quality treatment services to assist clients in becoming drug free along with life skills and psychosocial support through counseling, integrated method of therapeutic and 12 steps of Narcotics Anonymous (NA).
At present Light House is the largest Implementing Organization for HIV/AIDS prevention working with all the Most At Risk Population (MARP) or Key Population (KP) affected by HIV/AIDS in the Country.
- Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Service Provision is a Light House’s initiate to provide Sexual and Reproductive Health advance services particularly to the poor people through the Light House Clinic. This initiative makes a bridge between the public health and clinical services for the low income and poor people as most of the projects with MARA and poor population provide only limited basic symptomatic services and the project participants become helpless for advance services. Thus we provide advance health services with efficient diagnostic supports and further referral services with safety net provisions.
Light House has established a clinic in 2011 by own initiative from where reproductive health related services have provided to the marginalized and poor people of the city. This clinic is located at Rahman Nagar in Bogra city and providing services among the poor people in the city. It has a full time doctors, paramedic, and nurse to provide 24 hour services including gynecologist. Light House Clinic initiates to provide Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) advance services particularly to the poor people. Thus we provide advance health services with efficient diagnostic supports and further referral services with safety net provisions.
- Improvement of the Real Situation of Overcrowding in Prisons in Bangladesh (IRSOP): Light House with the financial assistance of GIZ implemented a project for reducing the overcrowding in the prisons and strengthening community mechanisms for justice in the selected locations from July 2014. A total of 8 unions are the working areas of this project – Among those four unions namely 1) Sabgram, 2) Fapore, 3) Noongola and 4) Erulia are under Bogra Sadar upazila, while the other four unions namely 5) Muruil, 6) Narhatta, 7) Birkedar and 8) Maloncha are from Kahaloo Upazila.
The goal of the project is to improve the quality of life of convicted persons and their associates for a meaningful human development and reduction of criminal offenses through restorative approaches. We have three objectives in this project:
- To revitalize community mechanisms to reduce overcrowding in prisons through restorative practices.
- To minimize recidivism among drug addicted offenders by helping through appropriate referral and link up services.
- Strengthening capacity of the relevant service providers and community based organizations for introducing and institutionalizing “diversions” criminal justice system.
- Exchange knowledge and practices of health services among the young key population through south-South cooperation by FK Norway. South-South Cooperation and Exchange program among the countries will be contributed in developing youth leaders from key population (young sex worker, young affected by HIV and Drugs), young volunteers and young health workers of the organizations in Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar. The young volunteers from these countries will be interacted with other volunteers, youth leaders and key population and learn their knowledge and cultural diversity across south-south region and will bring good practice, knowladge & experiences which will be replicated in organization and in the home country. This exchange program will also be contributed to the organizations across s the region in developing partnership through sharing of lessons learn and sharing resources.
- Active Citizens Youth Leadership Project (ACYLP) is funded by British Council to help and change our community people. The Active Citizens programme promotes community-led social development. It motivates members of communities to take responsibility for their social needs and gives them the knowledge, skills and experience to address them. The programme develops skills and knowledge to identify and engage networks to help achieve goals as well as skills to plan and implement a project. This project addresses the youth people who can change our society and undertake the Social Action Project (SAP) in the different communities. Light House has been implementing this project covering 3 districts and engage more than 300 youth leaders.
- Empowering Young Widow through Skill Development and IGA Support project funded by Aus-Aid: Light House has undertaken this project for a period of 15 months from November, 2016 to January, 2018. This project seek to address the economic vulnerability that women, especially young widows in the program area have repeatedly found themselves engulfed in for years. This project views poverty as a major contributor to powerlessness, thus a fertile ground for deprivation, discrimination, lack of access to basic needs and above all, exposure to human rights violations. Therefore the project is designed to address poverty amongst households headed by widows through provision of handicraft training skills and after successfully completion the training distribute them handicraft instruments and raw materials in order to work as asset and start-up capital for their livelihoods and self-dependence.
In course of designing the project, the younger widow headed households have been identified in collaboration with the Union Parishad and Department of women affairs (DWA). Out of the identified respective widow headed households, 260 will be selected who are comparatively young and in vulnerable condition in the extended period. 13 training batches will be formed comprising 260 widow headed households. There will be 20 younger widows in each batch. Light House want to provide 03 different trades (Modern Dress Making, Karchupi and Prayer Cap Making) training to the selected young widows. 100 widows in 5 batches of ‘Modern Dress Making’, 20 widows in 1 batch of ‘Karchupi’ and 140 widows in 7 batches of ‘Prayer Cap’ Making will receive the training. Each ‘Modern Dress Making & Tailoring’ training batch members will be received 01 Sewing Machine, 01 electric iron, 01 scissors, measurement tap, Scale (01 yard) and necessary threads. Karchupi training batch members will be received 01 frame, 02 Spook Needles, 04 Wooden Needles, Lace (Jori) thread, Nylon thread, Blanket Sewing Thread & an amount of puthi, chumki, stone etc and the Prayer Cap making training batch members will be received 04 Krutch Kata and 5 thread balls.
- ICT Based Response and Support Mechanism to Address Violence against Women and Girls” Project supported by Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF): This is a two years’ project, covering the period from June 2017 to May 2019. ASF aims to implement the project in Bogra (two Upazilas in each district and 4 Unions in each Upazilas). Through the project, ASF will build the capacity of the survivors of two districts to prevent, report, and respond to acid and other forms of violence and also engage with the groups, committees and other stakeholders to be a part of the ICT based response and support mechanism. The project will introduce a phone based alert system to report incidents of acid and other forms of violence. A help desk will be established at the district level to maintain the alert system and quick respond to the victims. ASF’s prevention initiatives under this project will involve developing local community volunteers, engaging students, men and boys and equipping them with the knowledge and skills to increase reporting of VAWG through the phone based alert system. ASF will also develop their capacities in the selected districts to prevent violence and strengthen reporting of incidents of violence.
- MFP (Micro Finance Program): Light House has been working on Micro Finance from the viewpoint of social business to assist the small scale entrepreneurs to grow and nursing their own thoughts and initiatives on their own. Light House has started the program in 01st, September-2014 at 04 Unions of Kahaloo Upazila under Bogra district, 06 Unions of Rangpur Sadar & Kawnia Upazila under Rangpur district and 3 Unions of Chilmari Upazila of Kurigram district using the organization’s own source of funding. Light House has been implementing Income Generation Activities (IGA) in order to empower landless and disadvantaged poor villagers, especially women in both urban and rural areas. We provide assistance to the beneficiaries for promoting income generating activities. At present Light House is implementing the program by forming 102 women groups, where the numbers of members are 2,113. So far, Light House distributed a loan of Tk 77,315,000/- among 4,176 members. According to the target Light House has been realized 57,142,000/- and the realization rate is 100%. Till now, the loan outstanding of Light House is 20,173,463/-BDT and the loan recipients are 1640. On the other hand, the members of micro finance program deposited their savings of Tk 4,348,233/-. For verification the use of loan in the proper trade/project regularly by Light House, the recovery rate has been 100% and also the group members has been benefited.
Light House has been implementing Micro Finance program in order to empower landless and disadvantaged poor villagers, especially women in both urban and rural areas. Light House is providing assistance to the beneficiaries for promoting income generating activities support by BRAC, Proshika, GTZ and own sources. Since 1993 Light House motivates grass roots poor people to establish a decision-making system in their family and society, organizes the poor into groups, conducts awareness development campaigns and helps the poor to identify various issues relating to the economic stability as well as to protect human rights. With the approval of MRA Light House has start to implement the micro finance program from 2014.