What we work

DMSS has been working for the untouchable and aboriginal people for developing their livelihoods, ensuring their social security through promoting rights based opportunities with the programmes/ projects followed.

1. “Establishment of Basic Rights, Dignity and Quality of life for the Adibashi and hardcore poor Bengali people” project supported by Andheri-Hilfe e.V Mackestrasse 53 D-53119, Bonn, Germany has been being implemented at Sadar, Panchbibi and Akkelpur Upozila under Joypurhat district in Bangladesh covering 3000 Households since April 2008. The interventions of the project are majored in institution development and capacity building of Dalit, Adibashi and extreme poor Bengali people, awareness building through regular meetings and community level, skills development training on IGA, sustainable agriculture and climate change adaptation practices, health and sanitation as well as vocational training on diverse skills for creating employability in job markets. Apart from the interventions DMSS has been operating pre-primary education for Adibashi and Dalit children. For promoting health and sanitation for Adibashi and Dalit people DMSS has been providing sanitation hardware support e.g. tube-well and latrine installation in Adibashi and Dalit communities. DMSS has been providing financial backstopping support/ Micro-credit for self-help employment and income generation of untouchable and extreme poor Dalit and Adibashi people.
Besides, DMSS, through this project developing reproductive health of adolescent Adibashi and Dalit girls and boys. For promoting rights based opportunities and protecting rights and empowerment, DMSS developing public-private partnership development between Adibashi/ Dalit groups and public sector service and social institutions resulting in civic engagement that creates progressive elimination in favour of Adibashi and Dalit people in the communities. DMSS implicates civil society groups as the watchdog on the services of different service institutions. For promoting their legal rights and social justice DMSS providing legal aid support to extreme poor Dalit and Adibashi people. In gender development DMSS developing awareness of Adibashi and Dalit people through regular discussion, campaigning and training on gender equity and women rights as well as it facilitated advocacy with different rights activists, women institutions and duty bearers resulting in a gender equity based society in Adibashi communities.

Adibashi group members discuss different ethical issues e.g. rights and empowerment, gender development, income generation, health and sanitation, education and so on in weekly group meeting organized by the group leaders and facilitated by project staff.

After developing institutions of community Dalit and Adibashi people DMSS develops skills and capacity of the group members on diverse life-skills e.g. vegetable production, vermi compost production, bamboo based handicrafts production and promotion, poultry rearing and beef fattening, goat rearing and so on.

Training for Adibashi and Dalit women on bamboo based handicrafts production

Beef fattening training

Vocational training on swing for Adibashi and Dalit women and girls

Apart from the trainings DMSS develops IGAs of extreme poor Adibashi and Dalit households on different fields of vegetables production, poultry rearing, goat rearing and so on resulting in livelihood and income security and social protection of aboriginal section.

Goat rearing by extreme poor Adibashi woman.

Poultry rearing by extreme poor woman

Vegetable production by Adibashi woman

DMSS explores diversified income generation approach for Adibashi households through exploring their employment opportunities with market survey, inherent skills and consumers’ needs.

Lime production and marketing by Adibashi people as a need based IGA

For promoting health and sanitation of extreme poor Adibashi and Dalit populace, DMSS installs sanitation hardware e.g. tube-well and latrines at different Dalit and Adibashi communities. It also develops sanitation skills of the section through training and discussion resulting in reduction of health hazards to the extent.

Sanitation hardware installation at Adibashi community

Sanitation hardware distribution to extreme poor Dalit and Adibashi people.

Sanitation practice of Adibashi girl

Awareness raising on pure drinking water

For promoting their self-help income generation DMSS provides micro-credit support extreme poor Adibashi and Dalit women for their self-help income generation.

Micro-credit support to extreme poor Adibashi and Dalit women

DMSS develops Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA) at community level for promoting maternity and child health service delivery and save labor / save child birth for extreme poor Dalit and Adibashi women who do not have access to public sector service institutions concerned due to racial discrimination and deprivations. Here, DMSS develops skills of such TBAs through training delivery.

Training for Traditional Birth Attendants

Maternity and child health support for extreme poor Adibashi and Dalit households

For developing mass awareness and sensitizing mass people on rights and empowerment of Adibashi and Dalit people, DMSS organizes Day Observation through rally, campaigning and discussions.

Adibashi Day observation organized by DMSS

International Women Day Observation

DMSS develops public-private partnership with public and private sector different service institutions through workshops and meeting for promoting sustainable service delivery to Adibashi and Dalit people that creates progressive elimination in favaour of extreme poor Dalit and Adibashi people. DMSS imparts civil society groups for overseeing service delivery of such service institutions as the watchdog on these services.

Policy debates with local government representatives for creating access of Adibashi and Dalit people to local governance

Workshop with local government and different service providers

Workshop with local government and different service providers

2. “Rural Eye Care Project” supported by Andheri-Hilfe e.V, Mackestrasse 53, D-53119, Bonn, Germany, implemented at Sadar and Panchbibi Upozila under Joypurhat district since July 2008.
Through this project DMSS provides eye care support e.g. eye treatment and eye operation of elderly and vision impairment people with developing skills of school teachers on eye care that they could develop awareness of the students.

Community eye camp operated by DMSS

Eye treatment for Adibashi student/ girl

Eye operation of elderly people

DMSS operates non-formal pre and primary education programme for extreme poor Dalit and Adibashi people at different Dalit and Adibashi communities in Joypurhat District for developing literacy and awareness on rights and empowerment.

Pre-primary education for Adibashi children operated by DMSS.

Primary education for Adibashi children

DMSS organizes different recreational activities for conserving Adibashi heritage amongst Adibashi children.

Recreation of Adibashi children

For behavioral changes amongst Adibashi and Dalit children DMSS conducts awareness building and motivational programme for Adibashi and Dalit children at community level.

Awareness building for Adibashi and Dalit children on behavioral change

To self-sustain and self-operate their rights based interventions as well as to self-reflect their rights based issues and development benefits, the Apex groups is needed to be formed after a certain maturity of community groups. the Federation/ Apex groups are developed actually when Dalit and Adibashi people/ groups are able to run their rights based activities by themselves. When there minimize the discrimination in the society and whenever it is supposed to create their equal accessibility then the Apex groups are developed by DMSS to take a steering of Dalit and Adibashi groups.
Here, community based Dalit and Adibashi groups are organized to develop their macro group in name of Apex group starting at Upazila level. They also develop Upazila groups comprising all community groups and these Upazila groups finally form District level Apex group tends to develop the regional group. The Apex group is activated as the pressure group and it is larger platform of Dalit and Adibashi section for taking an unequivocal stand on the points of their rights and empowerment.
DMSS organizes regular meetings and trainings for Federation/ Apex group members for their planning on different ethical issues.

Meeting with Federation members at community level

Training for Federation members on federation management

3. Partnership in Agricultural Research and Extension Programme supported by Mennonite central committee (MCC) and implemented at Sadar Upazila under Joypurhat district since March-2008.

4. UGIIP supported by LGED and ADB, Dhaka, Bangladesh and implemented at the Slams of Joypurhat Pourashava in Joypurhat District since July 2007 to June 2009.

5. Tobacco control programme supported by WBB Trust, House: 03, Road: 4/A, Dhanmondi, Dhaka implemented in Joypyrhat District since January 2004.

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