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Background of Shusamaj Foundation:

The Southwest region of Bangladesh consists of the districts of Jessore, Jhinaidah, Narail, Satkhira, Khulna and Bagerhat together with the Sundarbans Reserve Forest (SRF)/ Mangrove Forest, which lies between the populated area and the Bay of Bengal.

Jessore is one of the main districts of Khulna Division situated by the Indian border consisting of 92 unions in 8 Upazillas, and an important center of administration & business in Indian subcontinent since 18th century. During the British regime (1757-1947), Jessore was the first Administrative Center.

In the 1960’s, the growth of population compelled the authorities to take the Coastal Embankment Project (CEP) for increasing production of food-grain. Though bumper crops were harvested in 1960s & 70s, It brought a series of negative impacts by blocking drainage and creating water logging had spread to over 117,000 hectares and acquired a permanent character and creating regular flash flood. On the other hand, Arsenic problem creates vulnerability to use the mineral water for drinking.

The fundamentalist groups and destructive forces are hailing as a vital negative force for a secular fair society. The religious minorities and ethnic groups are often subjected to discrimination by them. As a result, folk and legendary culture with heretical norms & values which are the source of harmony and humanity are deprived seriously,

According to researches of renowned national & international institutions, above 40% of people of Bangladesh are living under marginal line of poverty. The phenomenon is more vulnerable in this area for some socio-geographical conditions.

The area is by the border of India. Child & women trafficking are raised high. Unfair trade, drug abuse, transactions, and smuggling create a series of negative impact to the poor people. The poor people are affecting or involved in the traps of interlinking destructive forces.

In this area, the incidents of substance abuse are increasing; and the inevitable cross-boarder population movements make more risk of HIV/AIDS for the poor communities.

Early marriage (19% in Girls and 4% in Boys) in these areas is quite prevalent because of socio-economic reasons, such as the social perception of girls as being a financial burden on parents, the maintenance of social prestige, and local customs & traditions.

To face the above-mentioned with other related problems and to develop the livelihood of the inhabitants, Shusamaj Foundation ensures the active participation of the community people in any major development project, which has now become an accepted norm through the world in the light of experience

 

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