Light House Bangladesh

The Major Current Projects of Light House

         

  1. Salient Engagements in: Health, Nutrition & Population Sector

 

  • Prioritized HIV prevention and treatment services among key population in Bangladesh funded by Global Fund: Hijra and MSM are among the most vulnerable groups in our society. Most of the MSM in Bangladesh have multiple female sex partners and group sex is common in their sexual acts. These sexual relationships, as well as their risky sexual behavior made them vulnerable. Hijras are isolated from the mainstream of society that makes them unable to earn money for survive and is exclusively involved in sex trade. Light House has been implementing the project on HIV/AIDS prevention for MSM and Hijra with support from ICDDR, B under the Global Fund project. A total of 15,836 Hijra and MSM have been targeted for intervention of which 14,428 are MSM and 1,408 are Hijra.

 

  • Comprehensive Prevention Program for Female Sex Workers (FSW) and Their Clients, Funded by the Global Fund: Light House Consortium comprise with SJA and NMS awarded the comprehensive prevention programs for the female sex workers and their clients in 2016 and second phase of the same awarded in December 2017 to November 2020 by the Save the Children/the Global Fund. The project has been providing comprehensive health services for marginalized and ultra-poor women and adolescents including hotel, street & residence based Female Sex Workers and their clients through managing 27 static Health Care Centre (called as Drop-In-Centers) at present. The project targeted 17,350 female sex workers. The major activities in achieving the project objective include   (i) BCC, condom promotion, access to STI treatment and HIV Testing Services (ii) ESP services like ANC, PNC, institutional delivery through referral, child health services; EPI, TB screening and DOTs; FP counselling and ensure temporary FP methods, etc. through referral (iii) skill building and alternative livelihood (iv) preventing GBV/VAW through community squad comprise community leaders; law enforcement agencies, media, human rights organizations; legal aid services, etc. (v) advocacy and sensitization (vi) community engagement and community capacity building, etc.

 

  • Sustainable & Integrated SRH & HIV Prevention & Management Service Package: Light House awarded by UNFPA, 3 years (1-year renewal) a community led integrated program for the brothel based female sex workers in 11 brothels of Bangladesh though due to funding gap its number of brothels has reduced to 8 in 2020. In the amendment of 2020 agreement, Light Houses also made responsible to strengthen STI Services in Public & Private at District Level. All over the agreement signed for 2 service packages together which includes below.

 

  1. Providing support to AIDS STD Programme, DGHS to strengthen STI services in public and private health sector in 30 districts in Bangladesh: To build the capacity of the public and private sector’s doctors in 30 selected districts on quality screening of STI services and etiological management of STIs and well as supporting in the development of relevant national guidelines and strategies.  The major activities under this service package include development of STI training modules for the paramedics; printing of national STI guideline and STI strategy; dissemination of national STI guideline and STI strategy; advocacy with stakeholders/service providers at division and district level for ensuring quality STI screening and treatment services; capacity building at public and private sector’s doctors on STI case management; capacity building of nurse/midwifes SACMO; FWF of 30 districts, etc.
  2. Integrated SRH & HIV prevention Services for Brothel Based Female Sex Workers:  To ensure a community led integrated program for the brothel based female sex workers in 8 brothels of Bangladesh, Light House has been operative 8 comprehensive health service center inside the 8 brothels to deliver SRH and STI prevention services which includes (i) access to full range of contraceptive methods to prevent unintended pregnancies, counseling, and access to condom for dual protection (ii) HIV testing and counselling (HTC) for all female sex workers and referral for ARV drugs if anyone found positive (iii) etiological management of STI (iii) screening of cervical cancer (iv) ANC, PNC, (v) Emergency Contraceptive pills, Menstrual Regulation and post abortion care (vi) treatment for general health problems (vi) addressing GBV through community led squad (vii) Health education (viii) IGA and social safety net program enrollment (ix) referral services , etc.

 

1.6 Ensure SRH services among women & girls from the FDMN and the host community who are at higher risk of STI & HIV: UNHCR has entered a 2 year project agreement with Light House commencing from January 1, 2019 aiming to ensure minimal access of 4,550 women and girls who are at higher risk of HIV and STI transmission to reproductive health and HIV services through establishing 2 health care center and 1 sub health care center located at Cox’s Bazar Sader, Ukhiya and Teknaf Upazila. The health care centers has been providing a range of clinical, non-clinical, mental health and psychosocial counselling along with social services to address the PHC services (e.g. SRH & HIV) & protection needs of the targeted women and girls. The comprehensive PHC (e.g. SRH services) services including HIV has planned under three mechanism (a) static services (ii) outreach service (iii) referrals. The major service provision and activities which has been providing directly from the static and outreach include general health service; health education including BCC activities; promote condom as dual protection; FP methods and health products; HIV Testing Service; diagnosis and Management of STIs; counselling on mental health and psycho-social issues and referral to other services as required, etc. The activities related to referral service includes safe delivery and child care services; safe menstruation regulation and post abortion care (PAC) services; ca cervix screening through via test; EPI; Family Planning; ART enrolment; TB-HIV co-infection; entrepreneurship development training and support for IGA activities and life skills; addressing GBV/VAW through forming Rapid Squad Team. Besides to protect the homelessness from the GBV/VAW and other human rights violations, a shelter home has been operating at Cox’s Bazar as part of this project.

 

  • Urban Primary Health Care Service Delivery Project (UPCSDP): Light House has

started implementation of Urban Primary Health Care Service Delivery Project (UPCSDP) at Rangpur City Corporation from August 2019.  The project aims to ( i) Improve access and utilization of urban primary health care (PHC) Services center in Rangpur city for the poor, women and children.(ii) Provide cost effective quality Essential Services Delivery   package (ESD) in line with UPHCSDP-II efforts to improve health status of poor, Poorest of Poor, women, adolescent, children and newborns. (iii) Enhance institutional sustainability of urban primary health care (PHC) services centers of Rangpur city corporations by improving utilization and health care financing to meet the needs of the urban poor.

 

1.8 Development of youth leaders to engage in SRHR funded by Norec/FK Norway: This program was started since July 2016 with an aim to increase capacity of young volunteer through international exchange program. Light House and one partner from Nepal for this exchange program. Volunteer will exchange their countries experience among other international volunteer through youth camp, meetings, working with NGO’s staff etc. The purpose of the project to create awareness young people on SRHR from school and college of Bogura district, Bangladesh and Kaski District, Nepal on SRHR specially on HIV, STIs, cervical cancer and gender Based Violence to prevent themselves from it.

 

1.9 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).

 

1.10 Drug Abuse Resistance And Understanding-DARAU (দাড়াও) Project: Light House Consortium comprised with DAM, APOSH and NSKS awarded a 2 year’s project in November 2019 tilted Drug Abuse Resistance and Understanding-DARAU (দাড়াও)” to address the drug abuse vulnerabilities in Rajshahi and Natore districts, supported by Counterpart International/USAID-UKAID. The project objective includes i) creating awareness on the adverse effect of the drug abuse at the family and community level through social mobilization; ii) introducing policy measure and increase the allocation for combating drug abuse through sensitizing and influencing the local government including the politicians iii) Strengthening the CSO engagement mechanism law policies and protocols available.  The major activities to achieve the project objectives include (i) formation of Community Action Group (CAG) and CSO led network for the demand reduction of drug at Rajshahi and Natore;  (ii) development of youth bridges for raising their voice as future generation representatives during advocacy meeting; (iii) awareness program like cultural program Gamvira, sports tournaments; (iv) orientation for the female staff of micro finance; (v) development and dissemination of IEC and BCC materials (vi) day observation (vii) different advocacy meeting as part of influencing the city corporation for the development of early drug abuse prevention policy, etc.

 

  • COVID-19 response for vulnerable women, girls, children and elderly Rohingya

Population living in Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar: The project awarded by University of South Wells, for 6 months, effective from May 2020. The project targeted 6,000 beneficiaries from the vulnerable women, girls, children and elderly Rohingyas of Ukhiya Upazila. The objective of the project includes (i) aware beneficiaries on COVID-19 pandemic situation including how to combat it. The major activities to achieve the objective includes (i)one to one education about COVID-19 preventive measures (ii) distribution of Hand wash (iii) distribution of Mask.

 

  • Women Led Gender Sensitive COVID-19 Response Project: Light House

Consortium comprise with PHALS and LoCOS awarded the 1-year project by UN-WOMEN starting from June 2020 with the objective to mobilize women and women groups in combating the COVID-19 outbreak, Gender Based Violence (GBV), trafficking, etc. through imparting gender sensitive COVID-19 response. The project targeted 8 camps of Ukhiya and adjacent host communities, targeting 56,246 women and 14,238 girls of the targeted camps and 17,796 women and girls of adjacent host communities.

 

1.14 Providing food support to the poor transgender women (hijra) and male sex workers (MSW) during COVID-19

Light House with support from “German Doctors” and icddr,b distributed food support among 1303 Hijra and Male Sex Workers (MSWs) of 18 working districts. “German Doctors” has provided Light House fund through icddr,b to provided food support to 1210 Hijra and (MSWs) of 25 service centers as immediate responses needed by grassroots Hijra and MSWs who are significantly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and impact of lockdowns and restriction. With that amount, Light House manages to provide food support to 1303 Hijra and MSWs-among them 571 were Hijra and 732 were MSWs.

 

1.15 Water and Sanitation Program: Light House with fund from different donors including GOB has been implementing water and sanitation program in Bogra district.  The aim of the water and sanitation project is to ensure low-cost water and sanitation facilities for hardcore poor people. Light House has providing support to thousands of families for digging tube well and maintenance, install safe latrine. It has also executing sanitation program in order to maintain and improve public health and to minimize environmental pollution. With the help of BRAC, Light House has established a sanitation materials production centers. In collaboration with Upazila Parishad, 2,596 sanitary latrines have been installed to all households in Kahaloo and Dupchanchia Upazila. As a result, 15,576 people are now living in safe and healthy environments and their children are free from diseases out of unhealthy environment. Light House distributed 855 sets of sanitary latrine in Kahaloo upazila and helps materialize Government decision to cover 100% families under sanitation program. During recent flood Light House take initiatives to serve affected people. It has distributed bottled drinking water, water purification tablets; provide hygiene education to pregnant mothers and children in Bogra and Kurigram districts.

 

  • Salient Engagements in: Governance & Justice Sector

 

2.1 Responsive Local Government Units for Marginalized People (Responsible): The With the financial support by FCDO and under the overall supervision of the MJF Light House is implementing the ‘Responsible’ Project for ensuring the Excluded People’s Rights. The project will provide support and assistance to the Widow & Destitute, Older, Ethnic minority, Dalit, Disable, Extreme Poor, and Youth to get government services. The services that will be available to the beneficiaries will be Social Safety-net, Primary Health Care, Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock, IGA inputs, and Skills improvement training. Citizen Support Groups will be formed from this project at ward, union, and Upazila level and develop the capacity to raise their voice.

 

The goal of the project is “Poor, marginalized and vulnerable people will have better access and friendly services from well-governed public institutes”. The main objective of the project is “To increasing the access of quality goods and public services including social, political, financial and legal rights of the poor and marginalized people”.

 

A total of 17,649 people will be directly covered under this service (Widow & Destitute- 7,457, Older-5,801, Disable-3,115, Extreme Poor, and Youth-1,276) from 9 unions (Birkedar, Narhatta, Muruil, Kalai and Paikor of Kahaloo Upazila & Nimgachhi, Gopalnagar, Chikashi and Gosaibari of Dhunat Upazila) and 2 municipalities of Kahaloo & Dhunat Upazila by 2019 to 2021.

 

  • Promoting Peace and Justice- Bogura and Tangail district: From July 2019, Light

House has been implementing Promoting peace and Justice” PPJ program at Bogura and Tangail, with financial support from USAID/ Democracy International with the goal activate and support Legal Aid Committees at the District, Upazila, and Union Parishad levels and increase the visibility, public awareness, and community acceptance of government legal aid services and use of the formal justice system to resolve disputes and protect legal rights. Light House has been implementing the project in 38 unions of 5 Upazilas of Tangail and 38 unions of 5 Upazilas of Bogura up to April 2021.

 

  • 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. Till now, the loan outstanding of Light House is 30,173,463/-BDT and the loan recipients are 1740. 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 have been benefited.

 

  • Salient Engagements in Disaster Management, DRR, Environment & Climate Change

 

From its commencement, Light House has been working for poor and marginalized who are victim of devastating flood, draught, severe cold, tornado etc. To address needs and demand of flood affected people of Bogura, Gaibandha, Rangpur, Kurigram, Sirajganj, Natore and Pabna areas. Light House is working for disaster preparedness, risk reduction, recovery & relief and rehabilitation program.  Light House as non-governmental voluntary development organization is one of the pre-qualified partners of the UN agencies UNDP to implement early recovery and disaster response in Bangladesh. It has worked with CCDB, GTZ, CARE Bangladesh, VSO and Proshika. The organizations have its own Disaster Management Committee (DMC) at its head office and disaster porn upazila office level. There are more than 213 staffs trained and having experience in disaster management. Besides, it has developed 230 volunteers in its working areas.

 

Distribution of relief and Rehabilitation materials: Light House has been working in the relief and rehabilitation areas since 1988 with own resources and support from donors like CCDB, GTZ, BARC, Action aid, VSO and corporate sectors during major floods and other disasters. Light House has contributed in responding relief and rehabilitation during major flood in Bangladesh including 1988, 1998, 2004 and 2016, 2019. For relief and rehabilitation during and after disaster Light House have done following over the years-

  • Distribution of food packages among flood victims Households.
  • Distributes Medicine and clothes
  • Organized Medical camps at flood shelter
  • Distributes water purification tablet and distribution pure water among victims
  • Arrange distributes Homebuilding materials
  • Light House distributed blankets and other clothes among the poor, helpless people during severe cold and cold wave
  • Respond immediately during flood and provide relief to victim and help to recovery structural and environmental condition.
  • Re-build 250 sanitary latrines of affected village and household
  • Re-dig tube well and made platform of 100 tube wells of affected village and household

 

Disaster preparedness and Capacity Development of DMC: Light House considered preparedness for the disasters is essential for sustainable livelihood of the community people. It organizes training and workshop on disaster management in the disaster porn Bogra, Jaipurhat, Natore, Sirajganj, Pabna, Gaibanda.

 

Beside those, Light House organized training for young volunteer and DMC members in the working areas for disaster preparedness and recovery issues. Light House trained the community people, CBOs, local leaders, school teachers and others. Facilitate in establishing early warning centers, organize meeting, seminar and workshops on climate change and disaster risk reduction and Facilitate developing risk and resource mapping.

 

Distribution and plant of tree sapling: As part of climate change and environment protection, Light House has developed nursery and distributes trees sapling and fruit sapling among the microcredit groups’ members in the project area. It distributes and sales tree plant among the poor and flood victim to social forestation by plaiting those in their courtyard, roadside and embankment side. It helps to protect soil erosion and provide wood for cook. These efforts are being praised by government as well as local community. It is helping community to cope with climate caching affects.

 

Rohingya Humanitarian Response: Following the Rohingya refugee influx, Light House has taken strategic decisions to move forward to getting engaged to address multi-faceted challenges of the refugees as well as the host communities in Ukhiya, Teknaf and Cox’s Bazar sub-districts under Cox’s Bazar district. With funding supports of UNHCR and Global Fund/Save the Children and leveraging internal funding sources, it has taken initiative to protect the most at risk women and girls from trafficking, sexual and gender-based violence. It has been able to establish 5 comprehensive services centers at Ukhiya, Leda of Teknaf, Teknaf Sadar and Cox’s Bazar sadar where MHPSS counselling for GBV victims, legal supports and health treatment supports are being provided for both host and refugees communities. Light House has established a Safe Home for GBV and trafficking victims and has been able to support 130 GBV and VoTs in 2019. Light House is an active member of Anti Trafficking Working Group and other sectors led by ISCG. It has submitted funding appeal for protection activities in the Joint Response Plan 2020. As part of unique approach, Light House has registered 4550 most at risk women, girls and adolescent girls and offers protective services through linkages, advocacy and social networking. It has plan to establish another safe home in Ukhiya for victim support.

 

Other Initiatives

 

Light House School of Learning and Diversity: In early 2016, Light House took initiative to establish “Light House School of Learning and Diversity” with a view to provide modern technology based and scientific education for rural students of west Bogra. “Light House School for Learning and Diversity” is situated 6 km from Bogra town at Muruil of Kahaloo Upazila. The foundation stone of School laid by eminent writer and novelist Selina Hussain and an Ekushe medal laureate Palan Sarkar.

 

The main purposes of school are to create opportunity for rural and grass-root students and patronize meritorious students, provide quality education and create opportunity for learning and diversity and ensure access of rural student to an inclusive and equitable quality education to become a complete and competent human being.  In January 2018, this school has been started with 125 students up to class vii.