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The project area is situated in the interior village the target area is 12 Miles East of Noakhali Sadar HQ and one mile inside from Chittagong-Noakhali-Dhaka Highway Distance from Chittagong 80 Miles Distance from Dhaka 165 Miles.
The Munshi Atar Ali Welfare Society (MAAWS) was founded during British colonial rule. The late Munshi Atar Ali realized the importance of education and community activism. Ali was successful in gathering a small group to meet monthly to promote formal education, religious instruction and create a spirit of community. Inspired by Ali’s efforts, the community built a Daftar (Community Office) that became the focal point for the organization. The Earpur Primary School and Preschool were founded by Ali in the early twenties in Earpur, Senbagh, Noakhali, Bangladesh
Since then, the society has expanded to include a vocational school, a high school and other programs to uplift participants. The organization he founded still thrives and reaches more families through the organization’s programs and the support of people previously helped.
MAAWS is an official registered non-governmental grassroots organization with the Bangladesh Department of Social Services and Bureau of NGOs since 2001. Our project area is located in the Earpur, Senbagh, Noakhali Bangladesh, 165 miles from Dhaka.
Ali focused on implementing programs where people could learn the necessary skills to seek employment. Today, we are continuing the same legacy with modernized approaches and know-how.
Bangladesh, slightly smaller than Wisconsin, is located in South Asia, bordering India, Burma and the Bay of Bengal. The country is mostly a flat alluvial plain and hilly in the southeastern part. Despite sustained domestic and international efforts to improve economic and demographic prospects, Bangladesh remains one of the world’s poorest, most densely populated and least developed nations. Bangladesh’s economy is largely agricultural, with the cultivation of rice as the single most important activity in the economy. Major impediments to growth in the agricultural sector include frequent cyclones and floods, the inefficiency of state-owned enterprises, frequent strikes, a rapidly growing labor force that cannot be absorbed by agriculture, delays in exploiting energy resources (natural gas), inadequate power supplies, and slow implementation of economic reforms.
Rains, floods, cyclones are recurrent in Bangladesh. Common people suffer most. Natural hazards, including droughts and cyclones, are continually affecting Bangladesh at regular intervals. Additionally, much of Bangladesh is routinely flooded during the summer monsoon season. Many are landless and forced to live on and cultivate in flood-prone areas. There is limited access to clean water therefore water-borne diseases are prevalent; water pollution especially in fishing areas results from the use of commercial pesticides. Intermittent water shortages because of falling water tables, arsenic contaminated water degraded water bodies; deforestation and severe overpopulation are among the causes of impeded economic growth.
Additionally our unemployment rate is very high today it stands at : 39.5% Bangladesh Age structure: will clearly indicate on the one hand the root of MAAWS success which is ingrained in the population factor and on the other MAAWS effort to improve the lot of the working people who are above 45 years of age. 0-14 years: 38% (male 24,339,519; female 23,377,955) 15-64 years: 59% (male 38,897,130; female 36,818,818) 65 years & over: 03% (male 2,239,638; female 1,893,942)
Nearly ten million children in the world die every year from preventable causes due to lack of access to necessary health care. MAAWS Health Complex aims to reduce that figure by providing primary health care to villagers in rural Bangladesh.
Over 30,000 people in the Senbagh/Begumganj area of Noakhali, Bangladesh do not have access to basic health care. The closest hospital is 6 kilometers away. Diabetes and other preventable diseases run rampant because of the lack of primary care. Newborns and mothers die during childbirth because of the lack of maternal care and adequately trained birth attendants. The MAAWS Health complex will provide primary health care to approximately 2,000 patients, mostly farmers and villagers, a month. How can you help? Click here
MAAWS plans to install 25 tube wells increasing the accessibility to safe drinking water to 2,500 people in the village of Earpur in Senbagh, Noakhali, Bangladesh.
At least 3,500 villagers are without access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Floods, natural disasters, poor sanitation and arsenic contamination of water further exacerbate inaccessibility and scarcity of safe drinking water. Also poverty is wide spread problem: 2,000 villagers are living on less than $2 a day. Many have to travel far only to get water from contaminated ponds. How can you help? Click here
Due to socio-economic and cultural barriers in rural villages, women do not have the means to obtain a stable source of income. Since there are no job opportunities, women stay at home while men work outside. Seeing families trapped in a cycle of poverty, MAAWS started the Sewing Training Project in 2002. Young women, students, housewives take a three month course for a small nominal fee where they learn every step of garments production.
Trained to meet the demands of today’s fashion industry in Bangladesh, many have presented themselves to be part of a capable workforce for the local garments market. Training with the project has now given many women a stable source of income to support their families. For many it is the only source of income. How can you help? Click here