Prof. Muhammad Abdus Sobhan, General Secretary, Dhaka Ahsania Mission receiving Energy Globe Award 2017 from Mr. Siegfried Weidlich, Commercial Attaché at the Austrian Embassy, New Delhi, India on 31 May 2017 at the Auditorium of Dhaka Ahsania Mission, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) for its outstanding accomplishments in addressing Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) challenges in hard-to-reach areas for alleviating human sufferings receipt Energy Globe Award 2017 from Energy Globe Foundation, Austria. DAM over last three decades has created sustainable solutions for everyday life for vulnerable children, women and men. Bringing the inaccessible under the service net has always been a top priority for DAM.
Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) based on over 20 years of experience with the community on water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) addresses the core reason behind deprivation of such basic needs. With a development history of almost 60 years DAM is dedicated to social welfare, has significant impact in this field in both rural and urban areas. It has adopted innovative, appropriate and affordable-technologies, and increased community ownership through creating solutions to community challenges, including gender equality, within DAM Community-Based Organizations (CBOs).
The welcome speech was given by Kazi Ali Reza, Director of Public Relations and the ceremony was presided over by DAM President, Kazi Rafiqul Alam. A brief on DAM WASH programme was presented by Mr. Mohammad Mosabber Hossain, Head of WASH programme.
Austria’s Energy Globe Award, the world’s most prestigious environmental award, is annually given in six categories to recognize the projects that make careful and economical use of resources and employ alternative energy sources. DAM is the only NGO in Bangladesh to receive this award this year.
The WASH programmes specially aimed at creating awareness among people on the essential needs and benefits of safe water and use of sanitary latrines, motivating people on behavioral change and assisting and facilitating construction of tube-wells and sanitary latrines has reached out to wider geographical area. One of the largest single project—the DPHE-Danida Water Supply and Sanitation Programme encompassing 7.5 million people for over 9 years (2000 – 2009) in the coastal areas of Bangladesh. Apart from basic awareness on sanitation, and hygiene the local communities have also received capacity building training to provide regular preventive maintenance and timely repair of tube-wells, latrines and hygiene appropriately along with ownership of the facilities and sustainable behavior change.
It promotes safe drinking water; improved sanitation and behavior change hygiene promotion campaign among the disadvantaged communities, schools, and provides capacity development training to reach multiple benefits to the beneficiaries and overcome Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) related diseases and problems. DAM promotes preventive approaches to ensure safe drinking water with Arsenic Removal Options along with low-cost sanitary latrines to the beneficiaries in the un-served and underserved areas by ensuring participation of communities and local government institutions to bring about positive changes.
DAM, dedicated to social welfare, made measurable impact in ensuring sustainable access to safe drinking water, improved hygiene behaviors, sanitation infrastructure and practices in both rural and semi urban areas of Bangladesh
The most notable contribution of DAM lies in its WASH interventions keeping in line with the government’s priorities for accelerating progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).