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Begging Eradication Program

 

SSS has been implementing begging eradication program for more than eight years in order to prevent helplessness and dependency. Begging eradication program of SSS is a special combination of making the best use of assets and capabilities of beggars, food-nutrition and health-medical services, providing them with training and psychological motivation, proper coordination of financial facilities and also financial and technical assistance.

 

Begging Eradication Program

The dependent, destitute and neglected people of our society can contribute to socio-economic development of the country by including themselves in productive activities. SSS adopted begging eradication program putting importance on the fact that it is possible to build a self-reliant nation being inspired by personality and a sense of values. In the earlier part of 2008 SSS undertook the activities of begging eradication in the Unions of Gala and Dainna under Tangail Sadar Upazila. SSS has been implementing the program on its own fund and planning.

 

The aim of the program is to engage the beggars in income generating activities by providing financial support and develop and raise their mentality, positive personality and self-respect through training and inspirational counsels and thus eradicate begging from the society gradually.

 

The activities are being operated over 10 Unions of Tangail Sadar Upazila and Tangail municipality itself. The work-strategy includes: development of psychological values of beggars, providing primary fund, education, health, sanitation and nutrition support.

 

A total of 317 beggars among 1,085 under the survey were provided with support. Every beggar is provided with Tk. 4,000 to Tk. 6,000 each as initial fund according to the policy of the program.

 

The beneficiary beggar families are getting one-time grants and technical supports and are involving themselves in different income generating activities. The activities include: goat, fowl and lamb rearing; bamboo works, tailoring, mat making, shoe making, hawking, garments business, small business etc.

Relevant information on progress of the program till 30 June 2016 is appended below:

 

 

 

Sl

Income Generating Activities (IGAs)

 

Beneficiaries

Active IGAs

Successful Beneficiaries

1.

Livestock Rearing

279

165

165

2.

Vegetable Cultivation

01

01

01

3.

Bamboo and Cane Works

09

09

08

4.

Carpentry

01

01

01

5.

Rickshaw-bicycle Repairing

01

01

01

6.

Sewing and garments works

10

08

08

7.

Shoe making and repairing

01

01

8.

Violin and singing

02

02

02

9.

Hawking and Small Businesses

13

10

10

Total

317

198

196

 

The program has already stirred the working area positively. Many of the beneficiaries of the program are now leaving the hateful and unproductive profession of begging and are including themselves in the mainstream of the society. They are now making entry in all necessary services of civilized society along with education, culture, food-nutrition and healthcare.

 

Implemented Activities

During 2015-16 fiscal year, following activities of begging eradication program were implemented:

 

  • Monitoring and Follow-up: The activities of beneficiary families were monitored and followed up regularly.
  • PPR Vaccination: A total of 553 goats including 179 goats of beggar families and 374 goats from other families were provided with PPR vaccination.
  • Village Committee Formation and Meeting: With a view to creating work-motivation, introducing positive insight and extending self-reliance, 84 anti-begging village committees were formed. A total of 10 meetings were arranged on the tasks and responsibilities of village committee members at the grass-root.
  • Cluster Organizing and Courtyard Meetings: Beggars were divided into 41clusters in order to motivate, maintain regular communication and meetings. A total of 61 courtyard meetings were arranged.
  • Encouraging in Income Generation: Proper counsels and motivation were provided on income generation by utilizing capable members of beneficiary families, making the proper use of their assets and ensuring the utilization of opportunities.
  • Health and Medical Services: Beggars are continuously notified and made conscious about food-nutrition, health and medical services, cleanliness, primary healthcare, infectious and water bearing diseases and other matters.
  • Including in Credit Program: A total of 130 members from beggar families have been brought under credit program based on capabilities. Among them, 95 beggars have taken credit facilities became benefited by investing in income generating and development activities.

 

  • Educational Support: Regular diversified initiatives are being implemented to create study attentiveness in children and adolescents of target families, alleviate educational obstructions and expanding education-friendly activities.

 

Achievement of Begging Eradication Program

 

  1. Leaving begging completely: As a result of direct efforts of begging eradication program, as many as 146 beggars (up to 30 June 2016) have given up begging completely.
  2. Leaving begging partially: Till 30 June 2016, a total of 75 beggars left regular begging, but sometimes go for the same owing to past habit or other reasons. SSS is spending more time to keep them completely away from begging in near future.

 

  1. Gaining self-reliance through productive activities: Till now, as many as 71 beggars have returned to the mainstream of society and become self-reliant. They no more depend on anyone for earning livelihood.
  2. Gaining physical healthiness and productivity: During reference period, a total of 11 sick beggars got medical treatment and counsels. At present they have recovered completely and gained normal life.

 

  1. Success of income generating activities: A total of 54 beggars have become successful in their income generating activities that SSS provided them as grants and making gradual expansion of them. Till now, a total of 73 beneficiaries bought cows or heifers by the means selling their goats and savings. Sum of 49 beneficiaries cultivate paddy or other crops taking land as leasing being induced by SSS. 

 

  1. Education extension: A total of 116 children from beneficiary beggar families are now studying in different levels of education. Of them, 57 are boys and 59 girls. SSS provided scholarship to nine students of them, so that they could continue with their study.