• A social and environmental development organization

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    Major Sector Activities

     1.      Governance & Human Rights (GHR)

    Poor people’s constituency is decreasing day by day. Confrontational politics have made them more marginalized and up to a certain extent excluded from the society. They cannot just take part in most of the important decision making processes even at the grass root level whether they are directly affected by the decisions.  JJS has tried to focus primarily on people’s access to information, as information is the key ingredient to mobilize people to fight for their rights. From the experience of Information Campaign on Public Health Services, it is seemed that it created a “right storm” in the society. Understanding the urgency of establishing poor people’s rights through ensuring social accountability and enhance the srvice delivery process on social safety net program undertaken by the local government. JJS has been designed in pursuit of providing comprehensive feedback and support to the local government through establishing a regular monitoring system that would work out the ways of better performance of local governance initiatives on priority basis and thereby ensuring poor people’s rights and participation.

     

    2.      Environment & Food Sovereignty

    JJs works for achieve sustainable improvements in livelihoods and basic services of poor and disadvantaged people, to combat environmental degeneration, protect farmer’s rights and promote environment friendly local resource based agricultural practices.

    The Sundarban is biggest mangrove forest in the world, situated in south-western part of Bangladesh. JJS is working to protect bio-diversity of the forest through reducing unplanned and illegal resource harvest and to improve food security of Sundarbans Reserve forests (SRF) dependent extreme poor household specially the women and reduce their dependency on SRF through securing sustainable alternative livelihoods.

    JJs is working for increasing access to safe drinking water and sanitation in the region by raising awareness, enabling communities in the region to effective mobilize to find local solutions and advocate for policy change at the national level promoting more responsible behavior including water pollution preventive activities ( e.g. better household waste management and public sanitation ) in the area and providing immediate support to develop new technologies, install hardware and maintain existing resources.

     

    3.      Climate Change and Disaster Management 

    Climate Change is highly impacting on human life as well as socio-economic condition, which is extremely alarming for future development of Bangladesh. Since, it is impacting on the human as well as relevant various sectors so; JJS tries for Climate Change Adaption and Disaster Risk Reduction through multi-sectoral initiative for mitigating as well as adapting with it.

    JJS works for strengthening community based disaster preparedness initiatives and ensure rapid and efficient response during disaster period. JJS also works for disaster management related capacity building with local government bodies at district, upazilla and union level. Besides, JJS works for disaster response like relief and rehabilitation for the disaster affected people in and around its working areas in south-west Bangladesh. To strengthen resilience and reduce vulnerabilities of disaster vulnerable coastal communities in South-West Bangladesh, JJS has initiated diversified programmes. The programme is providing empowerment and problem solving skills to the coastal population through Upokul Circle involving Circle Facilitators recruited from the local communities. Disaster Management Committees are not functioning properly for lack of knowledge, skills and resources also cannot coordinate with CPP, Shelter Management Committee and other actors, JJS is working for linking all these actors.

     

    4.      Child Rights & Disability 

    Developing a community mechanism to prevent children from development in offensive work, protection of children from formal justice system through diversion and protect children in conflict with the law through strengthening juvenile justice administration is one of the main thrust of JJS works. Strengthening voice of youth and children for issues influence their life, use of cultural media for children and youth development issues, improve quality of primary education and to raise awareness for quality education with special emphasis on child rights. JJS believes that education is the most fundamental right of citizens, basic level education should be provided by public sector. JJS also tries to help autistic & intellectually disable children of the poor families through introducing appropriate education curriculums enhancing and sharpening knowledge, skills to support to develop their daily life skills and also as they can contribute into family income through practicing feasible income generation scopes.

     

    5.      AIDS & Marginalized Peoples Right 

    JJS aims to establish an exploitation free environment for all the marginalized group like Dalits, ethnic groups, Sex workers and raise mass awareness on vulnerable people’s rights. Khulna region falls within the major route of trafficking due to its geographic location, trafficking of women and children is a major threat for the poor and marginalized groups, who can get trapped very easily by the exploitation and temptation of the traffickers. In 2002 JJS has launched a campaign on “ Human Rights of Bonded sex workers”. The main aim of this campaign is to free sex workers from bonded status and create breathing space for the workers and their children to enjoy their human rights including rights to education. JJS is also aiming to continue its awareness –raising activities on STD, HIV.AIDS among the youth as well in the two brothels in South-West Bangladesh.