Background

Udayan Swabolombee Sangstha (USS) started its journey since 1979 in Shaghata Upazila of Gaibandha District in Bangladesh, as a non-profit organization. Udayan is working with poor, disadvantaged and marginalised people and communities since its starting period to achieve sustainable development in remote areas. Udayan was registered with the Department of Social Welfare in 1991 and NGO Affairs Bureau on 1991.

Udayan is working over Gaibandha district, Northern part of Bangladesh, which is one of poverty prone, an isolated, deprived and marginalized area. The Brahmaputra and Jamuna, two of the largest rivers, flow across the northeast part of the district. Natural hazards, especially floods, riverbank erosion, cyclone, flash flood, droughts and downpour are common phenomena experienced over decades in this locality. Disaster events are consequences of people’s and local institutions’ inability to address hazards with wide scale impact. Prevention of losses of lives and damage to property and assets as well as increased capacity to bounce back and restart with their lives are underlying aspects to consider in community development. Every year, thousands of riverbank-erosion and flood victims are stranded and have to stay on dams or roadsides. Considering the above development context and concerns, Udayan has selected and contributed a vital role in the areas of awareness raising, education, health, information communication technology, skills development, empowerment of women, disaster management, and good governance.