Profile of OSACA

 

Background:

Organization for Social Advancement and Cultural Activities (OSACA), a non-profit and non-political voluntary development organization formally came into being in 1994. It has obtained registration with the NGO Affairs Bureau, Government of Bangladesh in 1995. It is founded and run by a group of dedicated social workers, committed professionals, multi-disciplinary experts and the representatives of the target groups.

OSACA started its functioning in a remote union (lowest tier of the local government in Bangladesh) of Pabna district named Sahpur situated in the catchment area of the mighty river “Padma”. The area is also characterized by acute poverty, malnutrition, floods, river erosion, loss of habitat and decrease in agricultural land by recurring floods and process of pauperization, unemployment, social discrimination and conflicts, oppression on women and underprivileged, illiteracy, ignorance, inadequate drinking water supply and sanitation. The economy of the area principally depends on agriculture, which is again vulnerable to natural calamities, shortage of agricultural inputs and implements and decreasing cultivable land. In this predicament, OSACA, devoted to emancipate the teeming millions and toiling masses from the curse of social deprivation, has been making its all out efforts for developing the miserable plight of the humanity.

Legal Status of the Organization:

Sl No Registration Authority Reg. number Date of Reg.
01 NGO Affairs Bureau 935 25/05/1995
02 Dept. of Social Service Pabna- 614/98 03/08/1998
03 Micro Credit Regulatory Authority 02428-03744-00186 25/03/2008

 

 Operational Areas:

At present OSACA has been implementing its programs’ in Pabna,  Natore & Sirajganj District.

 

Goal:

 

The goal of the organization is to establish a self-reliant sustainable society, where people will exercise equal rights having democratic environment.

 

Mission:

 

OSACA aims at improving the living standard of the under-privileged and bringing about a qualitative change ensuring sustainable development in the society by emancipating the destitute, especially women, children and handicapped, from the clutches of multifaceted social deprivation, inequalities and injustices.

Strategies:

 

The organization seeks to promote development strategies to fulfill its mission through the participation of the poor people in respect of religion, age, gender and ethnicity etc. Among the strategies building relation with public offices and communities, make human rights environment, gender friendly society, democratic and just society important.

  Objectives:

  • To protect the rights and privileges of the deprived women, children, minorities and the under privileged sections of the society.
  • To ensure arsenic free fresh water and environmental sanitary latrine.
  • To strengthen the local government institutions through ensuring community participation
  • To mobilize the people in order to create social movement against anti-social activities, dowry, cruelty to women, injustices, discrimination and other social vices and malady prevailing in the society.
  • To assist the people in understanding the critical features and forces for deprivation in the society and thereby create the awareness about it among them.
  • To undertake Income Generating Activities (IGAs), generation of savings from the target groups and promotion of micro entrepreneurship with a view to alleviating the poverty and empowering the distressed and the poor to become self-reliant.
  • To develop human resources through organizing training, workshops, seminars etc. for the staff and other partners.
  • To render services and development assistance to the deserving poor and distressed people of the society particularly to the unfortunate widows divorced women, orphans, destitute and handicapped.
  • To provide housing facilities to the land less, destitute and the poorest of the poor living both at urban and rural areas.
  • To provide maternity health care services.
  • To undertake advocacy on establishing the rights of the women, children and farmers.
  • To plan and execute sustainable development programs including non-formal education, adult literacy, functional education, promotion of health services, water supply and sanitation, social forestation and nursery development.
  • To reduce gender discrimination in the society and encourage the women to participate in the decision making process.
  • To ensure arsenic free and fresh water.

 The Working Strategy of the Organization is Constituted of the Following:

With a view to attaining its vision, mission and objectives, OSACA has adopted the strategies having, interior, the elements of participation, partnership, utilization of local resources, comprehensive family development and capacity building of local government and institutions. The strategies are as follows:

 Practice of Coordination between Head Office and Field Offices

 As a small organization, OSACA is committed to maintaining constant communication among its staff members as well as target beneficiaries. With this end in view, staff of head office visit field offices and working areas. In the field office records of different programs are supervised on a regular basis. The daily activities chart prepared by the staff members is followed to supervise their activities. It is to mention that Staff members of the head office always try to assist the field level workers in the field level

Staff of the field offices met once a month in the monthly coordination meeting that is held generally in the head office. OSACA duly realizes that a sound management in formation System (MIS) is required for smooth Operation of the program interventions. But due to financial constraints OSACA could not materialize it.

Participatory Appraisal, Planning and Local Initiatives

 OSACA firmly believes that the people are in the center of all development interventions. The people have the ability and potentials to make their own plans and identify their priorities. They also possess the necessary skills to appraise and evaluate the development activities around them. The community members, sometimes, show enthusiasm and take interest in undertaking local initiatives by their own costs and management. In view of the above perspective, OSACA has taken up the PAPLI as an on-going program and embedded this concept in almost all the projects.

 Building Institution for Alternative Power Structure

 Existing power structure in our society is mostly hierarchical in social perspective and bureaucratic in practice. The scope for participation of the common people especially the poor, women, children and the disadvantaged, in planning, implementing and evaluating the development programs is almost absent. Even, the local government institutions, such as, Union Parishads have hardly created any such scope for meaningful participation of its clienteles. In such a situation, OSACA tries to build an alternative power structure to claiming rights and realizing people’s legitimate demands from existing institutions, which are entrusted to provide necessary services to the people.

 

Mobilization of Local Resources and Indigenous Knowledge

 Local resources, indigenous techniques and knowledge are among the few of our own potentials for which we can take pride in. OSACA aims at mobilizing the available local resources and utilizing the indigenous techniques and knowledge in designing and implementing any development initiatives. It puts emphasis on utilization of available resources and tries to avoid overlapping with the interventions of other agencies, both government and non-government. Rather, it believes in getting synergies through the convergence of resources.

In the traditional Bangladeshi society, voluntary social structure plays a vital role in socio-economic development. Although its role is gradually diminishing due to the all-pervasive effect of globalization, its importance and values in the society has enormous potentials to play in the society. OSACA tries to reintroduce this voluntary social structure, such as, Samaj in order to tap the indigenous potentials and resources for the development of our society.

 

 

Linking Environment, Economics, Ethics and Poverty

 A strong relationship exists between environment, economics, ethics and poverty. Although the relationship is complex, it is generally found that the ethical values contribute enormously to the improvement of the environment and poverty situation. There is also a direct nexus between poverty and environment, one aggravates another and vice versa. In dealing with this complex issue, OSACA tries to focus on environment, economics, ethics and poverty integrated.

 

 Local Initiatives and Social Actions

OSACA believes that local initiatives and social actions play a vital role in achieving sustainable development. Without promoting and strengthening the local initiatives, citizen groups and community organizations, it is in fact, difficult to make a breakthrough in development scenario. It thrives hard to promote and strengthen local initiatives and social actions by providing technical support to existing local initiatives by the individuals and organizations in the respective areas.

 

Alliance Building and Networking for Advocacy

Building alliances and networking with likeminded organizations and institutions remains one of the core strategies that help creating synergies through building alliances, partnership and networking. This is also for building capacity of the groups for policy advocacy. OSACA attaches importance on ensuring democracy at the grassroots and conducting policy advocacy in favor of the poor, distressed women, destitute, children, char Landers and other disadvantaged people in the society.

On-going Programs/Projects:

Organization for Social Advancement & Cultural Activities (OSACA) has received some award program from following competent govt. and non-govt. donor organization which are mention below:

Title of Project/ Program Duration/ Years Area/ Location Donor/ Funding agency Status
Enrich Project

(Education & Health)

2014 to till now Ishwardi Upazila of Pabna District PKSF On-going
Boutubani Pathshala (prev. OSACA Children Garden 2004 to  till now (continuous program) Ishwardi Upazila of Pabna District Own Resource On-going
OSACA Library & Computer Club 1996 to till now (continuous Program Ishwardi Upazila of Pabna District Own Resource On-going
Microfinance Program (Jagoron Loan, Buniad, Agrosor Sufolon, KGF Loan)

 

1998 to till now (continuous program) Pabna, Natore District PKSF On-going
Agriculture Loan 2016 Pabna, Natore District BRAC Bank On-going
Housing Project 2014 to  till now Ishwardi & Pabna Sadar Upazila Bangladesh Bank On-going
Developing Inclusive Insurance Project (DIISP) 2014 to till now Pabna Sadar Upazila Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) through PKSF On-going

Passed Successfully Implemented Programs/Projects:

Implemented by OSACA which are mentioned below:

Title of Project/ Program Duration/ Years Area/ Location Donor/ Funding agency Status
Community Climate Change (CCCP) Project February’2014 to  December’2016 Lalpur Upazila, Nator PKSF Completed
Post Literacy & Continuing Education Program PLCEP July’2013 to December’2005 Bhangura Upazial of Pabna District Directorate of Non-Formal Education (DNFE) completed
Decentralized Water and Sanitation Service (DWSS) for the Disadvantaged Poor People May 2009 to July’’2011 Ishwardi Upazila of Pabna District European Commission (EC) Completed
Sanitation, Hygiene & Water Supply (GOB-UNICEF) Project February’2007 to December’2012 Bera & Chatmohor Upazilla of Pabna District DPHE , UNICEF Completed
HYASWA Project ( Water and Sanitation) July’2013 to  June’2015 Chatmohor & Bhangura Upazila of Pabna District DANIDA Completed
Vulnerable Group Development (VGD) May 2010

 

to December’2011

Iswardi & SujanagarUpazilla of Pabna District Department of Women Affairs Completed
Insurance February’2008 to February’2009 Pabna District Bangladesh NGO Foundation  

 

Completed

 

 

 

Deployment of Arsenic Removal Technology (DART) Component.

Arsenic Mitigation (BETV-SAM) Project

2009 to 2011 Pabna District.    DPHE                            (Funded DFID through UNICEF)

 

Completed
Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation

 

1998 to 2011 Pabna District NGO Forum & NGO foundation Completed
Civil Society and NGO Networking Project 2008 to 2011 Pabna District. NGO Forum. Completed

 

Awarded Program:

 

SL no. Title of the Project Certified By Achievement
1 Plant-Fair District Administration and Department  of Foresty, Pabna Best NGO Award for Participation
2 Microcredit PKSF Best Small Organizer in 2013
3 Microcredit PKSF Best Small Organizer in 2010