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RDF Social Mobilization & Development Program (SMDP)

Components of Social Mobilization & Development Program (SMDP) are:


(i)                 Women Development

(ii)               Pre-schooling & Child Education

(iii)             Protection & Promotion of Rakhaign Community Rights

(iv)              Adult & Adolescents Girls Development Education

(v)                Human Rights & Good Governance

(vi)              Health, Sanitation & Social Awareness

(vii)            ‘Grihayon Karjokrom’ (small house building) through Bangladesh Bank


(i)                 Women Development: 

RDF’s one of the major objectives is empowerment of women. In Bangladesh about 50% of the total populations are women, so their active participation is needed for themselves as well as for development of the society. RDF believes  through engage in income generating activities women can contribute to  their sustainable livelihood and by taking education on  health care, legal rights, able to change them in a positive direction. Therefore to achieve the vision RDF has been operating several income generating activities for women’s development like mini poultry farm, homestead gardening, duck rearing, chicken rearing, goat rearing, small grocery shops etc. 26,700 women beneficiaries have achieve their sustainable livelihood by the women developments activities.  Resulting women beneficiaries are strongly benefited through model village poultry activities. At present scenario of Barguna and Patuakhali districts are shifting. Duck chicken and goat rearing is common portrait of these areas. All the beneficiaries are now skilled in poultry management and disease control. Community based poultry and livestock management has taken place through these activities.

Besides these activities, RDF has organized trainings on disaster management, health and hygiene consciousness, capacity building on different income generating activities for the female beneficiaries to ensure sustainable livelihood development. Surprisingly the measurable impacts of all the development activities are reflecting in their daily lives as well as society. Now the beneficiaries are strong enough in any decision making to their families and society. They are now sending their children in schoolThe society is transforming in positive directions gradually. Their economic condition and outlook have changed. RDF is striving hard to bring this kind of positive changes in the society. By these development activities, RDF has enclosed isolated populations in the mainstream of the society. Every woman under RDF’s program got their own identity and surprisingly some of them are taking the leading role in the society by participating in local government election. Presently one of woman beneficiary is acting as Union Parishad member as well as Upazila women Vice Chairman also.


RDF has several activities on Women development component:


  • Motivation campaign to Mother and Child Health
  • Motivation campaign for Natural Family Planning
  • Action program for Child and Adult Education
  • Civil Society’s Awareness Development




Achieved activities of Women Development up to June 2013


Activity No. of  Beneficiaries
Women sustained: 26,700
Women received training: 24,071
Skilled women in disaster management: 10,376
Skilled women in social activities: 3,454
Activity Percentage
Skilled women in agriculture: 82%
Women in education: 100%
Health & hygiene consciousness: 100%
Marketing capacity building: 100%
Alternative IGA established in fishing communities: 81%
Rakhaign women involved in alternative IGA: 80%


(ii)                 RDF Pre-schooling and Child Education


The devastating cyclone in 1970, “SIDR” of 2007 and AILA of 2009 in southern coastal belt of Bangladesh brought immense sufferings of the people; killed thousands of lives, cattle, and goat, destroyed natural resources like crops, plants, damaged houses and household’s commodities. According to the government report, observations and the daily newspapers, severely affected district was Barguna which is situated close to the sea. Based on the extent of the damage, RDF, being a philanthropic and development organization is committed to help the cyclone affected people.


With the assistance of Grameen Phone, RDF established two cyclone shelters where 3000 people can take shelter Shelter were built to provide duel services. During cyclone, affected people will take shelter and wide-ranging to be use as school for children. 30 children, aged 4-5 years get chance every year for non-formal pre-school education before going to formal education in primary schools. RDF is also providing education materials like dress, pencil, books etc to those students. Till June 2013, RDF provided non-formal education support to 270 students.

(iii)                 Protection & Promotion of Rakhaign Community Rights:


Through this component, RDF is working for the Rakhaign ethnic community at Taltoli Upazilla of Barguna district. Their heritage is day by day departing out of sight. To bring back the heritage of Rakhaign community, RDF stood besides that community and has been working for the protection of their rights, mother language, education, culture. RDF is also providing micro credit to the Rakhaign communities for manufacturing their years-long traditional handmade handicrafts which have good demand in local, national and international markets. RDF also makes a supply chain linkage between seller and buyer from manufacturing to the end users for their manufacturing products. Through the support from RDF, they are earning more. Resulting their socio-economic condition is changing gradually. Frustrations have moved out and now they have become more hopeful about their future lives.


RDF established 7 non-formal schools for Rakhaign community that is completely run by 7 Rakhaign women teachers. In every year, 200 students receive non-formal education from these schools and till June 2013, RDF has provided support to 1,250 Rakhaign students. It is encouraging to note that 7 unemployed Rakhaign young ladies are employed as school teacher.

(iv)  Adult & Adolescent Girls Development Education under ‘Kishori Shonglap’ Component:


Under this component, RDF has another non-formal education program adult/aged women and adolescent girls. They are trained up in various income generating activities like tailoring, handicraft, small grocery shops, poultry and livestock rearing, homestead gardening etc. RDF also educates these adolescent girls about child and women rights, hygiene, family planning and health-care activities, sanitation, equality between male and female child, affects of dowry, family act, bad impact on early marriage, divorce, necessity for marriage registration, birth registration, child & mother health issue, STD/HIV/AIDS, disaster management, different kinds of government and non-government services available in their locality. Under this activity, till June 2013, RDF has already provided support to 1,200 adolescent girls.


At a glance Non formal education  and Kishori Shonglap scenario up to June 2013

Non Formal Primary Education   Kishori Shonglap
Duration Up to-2013 Duration Up to-2013
School 02 Shonglap Center 10
Total Student 60 Age limit (in year) 11 -17
Boy 24 Total adolescent 300
Girl 36 Graduated Girl 300
Graduation 48 IGA Training 43
Age limit( in year) 4 -5 Drop Out 0
Total Village 04 Total village 10
Union Naltona, Rayhanpur Union Fuljhuri, Gourichanna
Upazila Barguna Sadar & Patharghata Upazila Barguna


(v)  Human Rights & Good Governance (HRGG) Component Under SMDP:


Women’s empowerment is the demand of present time for development. One of the main objectives of RDF is Women empowerment.  About 50% of the country’s total populations are women. Keeping those women outside, we can not develop the society. So their active participation is necessity for development of the society. With this aim in mind, RDF got these women involved in different income generating activities to earn at a sustainable level and educate them about health care, legal rights. RDF is not only providing micro credit to the women but also providing technical support for income generating. Since the women are earning at a sustainable level, they are now raising their voices, establishing their rights to their community.  Gradually the society is changing in a positive direction. Women’s empowerment in the society is increasing day by day.


An internal chain and relation among the beneficiaries of various program activities in the service sector has already been established for women empowerment especially in the coastal area.


  • Establish children rights of the fishing community through awareness building
  • Establish women rights though income generating
  • Establish ethnic Rakhaign Communities land rights through legal aid supports
  • Establishment of ethnic Rakhaign Communities cultural rights through legal aid supports
  • Advocacy for establishment of Rakhaign Communities education and environmental right
  • Establish rights other minorities’ communities in Bangladesh so that they can raise their strong voices to the communities and also government level


(vi) Health, Sanitation & Social Awareness Component Under SMDP:


One of the main objectives of RDF is to build awareness and provide adequate support to the beneficiaries in the areas of water sanitation, disaster management. With this aim in mind, RDF has been providing awareness building and motivational support service to the poor beneficiaries on health, nutrition, sanitation, arsenic mitigation, personal hygiene and environment. RDF has organized the following specific health services to the vulnerable people of the project area:


  • Awareness raising and health services: Built awareness on Primary Health Care. RDF staffs disseminate messages and aware people about the services for them. RDF actively participated and celebrated different health related national and international days such as national immunization, Sanitation week, Family planning observance, National disable day, National Nutrition day etc. Till June 2013, for getting fresh water RDF established 126 Deep Tube wells for their beneficiaries.


  • RDF has been working with NGO-Forum for drinking fresh water supply and sanitation since inception of the organization in 1993. For this purpose RDF established 4 Village Sanitation Centers in different working areas for supplying hygienic latrines by producing rings, slabs, fencing and sheds.


  • From 1993 to till June 2013 there are about a number of 1741 water-sealed sanitary latrines distributed among poor beneficiaries at a minimum cost. It is noted that people in the area did not know how to use the sanitary latrine and necessity of water sanitization. For which RDF organized several trainings, workshops and counseling sessions how to use the sanitary latrine, their use and advantages/disadvantages.


  • The people of the coastal area usedto drink river, pond water. As a result, they are affected by various water contaminated diseases. The situation becomes worse when cyclone hit the areas. With this aim in mind, RDF makes the people consciousness about the advantage of safe drinking water to prevent from water contaminated disease.



(vii)               ‘Grihayon Karjokrom’ (Small House building activities) through Bangladesh Bank


RDF main objective is to stand beside the helpless and distress people. These helpless and distress people have no financial capacity to build their own houses. With this aim in mind, RDF constructed small houses for these helpless beneficiaries with a minimum interest rate under the finance of Bangladesh Bank. Bangladesh Bank was very kind enough to provide this loan at a minimum interest rate and with this financial assistance RDF has been implementing Grihayon Karjokrom (small house building activities) for the rural poor people since 2004 in Barguna and Munshiganj districts. RDF is providing both financial and technical supports and made 250 small houses for their beneficiaries till June 2016. Newly 150 houses building activity has started from April-2017.


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