Background of SDS:
The Social works involved with the establishment of SDS has a long experience in extending relief and rehabilitation activities in the events of natural disaster in areas surrounding the lower Meghna and the tail of river Padma. According to the poverty Map, developed by the WFP (2005), the working area of SDS is treated as poverty zone and food deficiency area according to the department of the Agriculture Extension. Moreover, SDS working area (Shariatpur district) is a one of the poorest district out of the 12 districts in Bangladesh according to the Govt. of Bangladesh.
After the devastating flood of 1987 and 1988, initiative was taken by the founder of the organization people in collaboration with the like-minded Red-cross workers to form an organization for the development of disadvantaged people. Lawyers, Journalists, Businessmen and women workers were some of the initiators. SDS started to work formally on 1st September, 1991 and after getting registration from social welfare department in 1992, it extended its activities on family planning and child health in the villages of Shariatpur Sadar Upazilla.
After working with family planning for a year it was realized that family planning acceptors (primarily women) were malnourished, deprived in their families and were neglected by their husbands. Above all, women were also tortured by their husbands as they were accepting family planning methods.
Additionally, on the survey report it was unanimously agreed by General committee, Executive committee, Advisory committee and workers of the organization that steps needs to be taken to implement family law and women rights in the society. Otherwise women’s overall development and socio-economic development can’t be achieved.
Therefore, SDS started with group formation, organized weekly meetings for women. Groups of women started to learn about their rights from weekly meetings and discussions. At this stage, OXFAM (UK & I, presently GB) came forward to assist “SDS”. At present, SDS is working in the field of Disaster Management, Poverty alleviation, Training, Education, Agriculture, Health & Nutrition, Advocacy, Arbitration and Legal support, Environment, Water & Sanitation (WATSAN) Climate change adaptation, HIV/AIDS, Micro Finance & Women and Child Rights.
Vision: A just society without poverty, equality for everyone, decent place to live
Mission: The mission of SDS is to facilitate initiatives to work with underprivileged people to uplift their present situation. SDS is also committed to collectively work towards establishing economic, social, cultural, health, political and environmental rights as well as to bring about accountable and transparent governance system at all spheres of the society.
Core Values: 1. Honesty 2. Gender sensitive 3. Each other respect 4.Democracy 5.Non-judgmental in religious beliefs 6.Friendly work place
7. Always learn from the community
- Enhance easily accessible, cost effective and sustainable financial services to the people living in the SDS project area that would enable increased investment in income generating activities resulting in an increase of their income levels for financial development as well as social development.
- Solidarity and collective action by community members and action by duty bearers towards realizing the rights of women and men and reducing gender discrimination, exploitation and violence against women and girls.
- Increased involvement of women and men to ensure the enrolment and retention of girls in school, and increased access of women and men to life management education required for secure livelihoods and personal development
- Boost agricultural sustainability, adoptability, food security and good nutrition
- Reduce risk and build resilience to disasters and climate change with a focus on adaptation
- Diminish health vulnerability including child mortality, maternal mortality, water, sanitation and hygiene
- Ensure equal participation and effective representation of marginalized groups, thereby strengthening inclusive democratic governance.
- To organize the backward rural women.
- To raise skill through training and education.
- To lead the target people to take initiative for establish human of human rights.
- To improve health situation through PHC Service.
- To endeavor changes in respect of gender relation in family & society.
- To improve WATSAN Situation.
- To reduce loss of the people caused by the disaster.
- To raise family income of the poor community through IGA.
- To motivate/trained the local government and community people on disaster management.
Core values: a. Equity b. Justice c. Democracy d. Participation and e. Accountability.
Major Focus area of interpenetration:
- Campaign against domestic violence
- Climate change adaptation
- Disaster Management and response
- Non formal education
- Agriculture and food security
- Health and sanitation
- Legal support
- Research, training and advocacy