Name of organization:
OGGRO – Agamir Bangladesh, Bangladesh
Description of organization:
OGGRO – Agamir Bangladesh is a youth-serving organization that is working on youth empowerment by enabling youth to develop and implement policies that will have an influence on their future. Key areas of work include poverty alleviation, environmental issues and human rights. The organization was established in 2007, and currently has a total of 110 members.
Dalit and Muslim Youths United was a project that sought to bridge growing gaps between Dalit and Muslim youth. By pointing out the commonalities of the two cultures and fostering intercultural understanding, the project created an environment where religious factors could be set aside and partnerships between the two groups could develop. The project envisioned to provide an opportunity for the minority Dalit youths to be integrated into the mainstream, with special focus on Rangpur and Naryanganj. The following initiatives were employed:
- 18 volunteers were selected for the project team, while 65 volunteers and judges were involved in total. The volunteers were trained to become aware of Dalit rights and to learn the technical aspects of the project.
- A Community Welcome event was organized by the volunteers in order to raise awareness about the project. It involved over 110 people, including volunteers, Bihonggo Dalit Culture Organization, Rangpur Disabled Organization, locals, work placement supervisors and media. The event was followed by 4 Team Days, during which the following topics were covered: child labor and rights, climate change and disadvantaged groups, health care and gender discrimination.
- At the end of the project “Community Development Days” were arranged, that included activities such as: tree planting; a signature campaign; and sanitation & hygiene campaigns, for which volunteers build a number of latrines for some poor villagers in Gangachara.