Sphere of Operation

I. Agriculture extension and farmers training
II. Group/family saving and income generation activities
III. Village education and cultural awareness
IV. Health, hygiene, water and sanitation
V. Human and skill development training
VI. Women capacity building
VII. Human rights and good governance
VIII. Emergency relief and rehabilitation activities
IX. Monitoring, evaluation, research and reporting

Agriculture Extension and Farmers Training

This component provides agricultural training like- crops and vegetables cultivation, livestock, nursery raising and fish cultivation, etc. To increase agricultural production Dipshikha introduces improved technology and distributes inputs among the marginal farmers. Dipshikha has Central Agricultural Farm at Ghoraghat, Rudrapur, Bakultala and Tarash. The farmers get practical knowledge from these farms and apply them in their own field. Following are the specific activities of this component:

  • Raising demonstration plots for dissemination of appropriate agriculture technology.
  • Provide with practical training to the farmers on modern agriculture.
  • Development of livestock and fisheries.
  • Provide agricultural services to the farmers.
  • To conduct agricultural research in collaboration with other organizations.
  • Environment protection activities.

Group/Family Saving and Income Generation

Group/Family is the basics of Dipshikha development strategy. In the group meetings and during family visit the members discuss and identify their problems and find possible means to overcome them. For self-reliance the group/family saves money and takes up income generating activities to increase their income. Up to December 2008 a total of 13,874 group members/families are involved with savings and credit activities. The activities of this component are:

  • Group members/families savings.
  • Training, workshop, exposure, etc.
  • Credit for income generating activities
  • Occupation base group formation

Education and Cultural Awareness

The objectives of this component are to increase literacy rate, formational education and life orientated quality education and cultural awareness. On the basis of these objectives Dipshikha provides educational facilities to develop school going habits and encourages higher education for the children of development partner group members/families. Specific activities of this component are:

  • Pre-school activity
  • Vocational skill development training
  • Formational education up to Class X level (METI-School)
  • Cultural development.

Health, Hygiene, Water and Sanitation

This component creates awareness among the village people about personal hygiene, health and family planning, latrine uses and use of safe water. The group members/families realized the importance of nutrition, mother and childcare, antenatal and post-natal care, birth control and cleanliness. The villagers also got information about the Government or non- government health facilities in the locality. Dipshikha has preventive health care services centers in the villages. Following are the specific activities of this component:

  • Water and sanitation
  • Mother and child care
  • Primary treatment
  • Health awareness activities
  • Health education in pre- schools and local schools
  • Adolescent girls health education
  • Motivational and informational activities
  • Referral cases

Human and Skill Development Training

Dipshikha Training Cell/Project arranges human and skills development training like- tailoring, new business creation, electrical, etc in co-operation with the related components for the group members/families and staff.

Women Capacity Building

The protection of women rights and to create scope for women participation in the development process is very much essential. Dipshikha takes up special activities for women empowerment. It was observed that a great number of female folks were prevented form contributing to the development activities. So it was most essential to encourage them to take part in development activities. Women are formed into Forums and Councils to express their needs and aspirations and to increase their contribution in their family as well as in the society. Following are the specific activities of this component:

  • Involvement with family development plan
  • Formation of women forums and councils
  • Entrepreneurship development training
  • Arranging exposure

Human Rights and Good Governance

The main focus of this activity is to provide necessary information for creation awareness regarding human rights and good governance among the target group. It may be mentioned here that Dipshikha has given special emphasis on Adivashi (tribal) community of northern Bangladesh to claim their rights. Following are the specific activities of this component:

  • Creation of awareness on civil rights among Adivasi people
  • Establishment of land rights
  • Promotion and preservation of Adivasi culture and heritage
  • Enrolment of their children in primary school

Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation

After any natural disaster and calamities, Dipshikha takes relief and rehabilitation program for the affected people on the basis of assurance of fund.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Reporting

Research, monitoring, evaluation and reporting cell is a support service component of Dipshikha. It provides various educational materials in the form of newsletters, research findings, booklet posters, leaflets, photographs, video films, etc. This cell plays and important role in monitoring all the projects of Dipshikha for its smooth implementation.