Founder

Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah (R.)

Project Name: Ashshash: For Men and Women Who Have Escaped Trafficking Phase-II

Project Introduction: Human trafficking, the fastest-growing criminal activity globally, manifests in various forms, exploiting men, women, and children in bonded labor or the commercial sex trade. This illicit trade generates significant illegal income and infringes upon fundamental human rights, causing widespread societal damage. Notably, an alarming number of Bangladeshi individuals, particularly women and children, are trafficked to or through India each year, with estimates conflicting between official government figures and international studies. Recognizing the urgency to combat trafficking, a project named Ashshash, funded by the Swiss Embassy in Bangladesh and executed by Winrock International, aims to address the needs of trafficking survivors in trafficking-prone districts, focusing on social and economic inclusion. The initiative collaborates with local resources and leverages national tools to empower survivors, aiming for sustained support at the district level to restore dignity and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency. Rights and Governance Sector of Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) as a Social Reintegration Partner, is helping Winrock International to implement the project in the most intimidating trafficking hubs under ‘Cluster-3’ and ‘Cluster-5’ located in Jhenaidah, Dhaka West and Manikganj.

Project Agreement Number: 10022-23-A—05

Award Number: 81077781

Overall Objective:  Men and women who have escaped trafficking restore their dignity and well-being and become self-sufficient

Specific Objectives:

  • Objective 1: Men and women who have escaped trafficking improve their physical, social and economic well-being through psychological support and other reintegration services.
      • Output 1.1: Women and men who have escaped trafficking are provided holistic care, including psychosocial counselling and legal and essential; services.
      • Output 1.2: Women and men who have escaped trafficking are provided with training and resources to access new or better employment.
      • Output 1.3: Women and men who have escaped trafficking are offered access to finance and increased market linkages.
  • Objective 2: Institutions are made more accountable and effective in providing services benifical to men and women who have escaped trafficking.
      • Output 2.1: Change agents of local communities are aware and trained on the prevention of human trafficking and reintegration services for survivors of trafficking.
      • Output 2.2: Public/Private institution developed capacity to provide improved social protection and legal support to survivors of trafficking.
      • Output 2.3: Public and private sector stakeholders influence policies/practices to support sustainable reintegration of survivors of trafficking.

Project Components:

  • Provide psychosocial counseling to survivors and their families.
  • Health insurance coverage and emergency support to survivors
  • Legal Aid Services
  • Career counseling
  • Business development support
  • Linkage to market
  • Access to finances through facilitating relationships between survivors and financial institutions.
  • Entrepreneurship Training and mentorship support
  • Apprenticeship or on-the job training
  • Job Placement
  • Soft skills training
  • Private sector engagement for improved market linkages/access to finance.
  • Organize entrepreneurs’ conference
  • Capacity development for social mobilisers, CTIP activists, and survivor leaders.
  • Establish counselling corners under local government establishments
  • Development and formalization of district level referral directories
  • Conduct social service stakeholder and resource mapping
  • Capacity building of CTC and engage them in grassroot advocacy
  • Sensitization training for private and public institutions (employers, mentors, skills trainers, and others) who will support economic empowerment of survivors

Major Activities:

  • Source Mapping for identification of victims through.
  • Identification and enrollment of victims of human trafficking with the project following Ashshash criteria.
  • Need assessment with survivors for social services (shelter, health, security, trauma counseling etc.
  • PsychosocialcounsellingservicesforthesurvivorsandtheirfamiliesfollowingAshshashguidelineandMentalStateExamination.
  • Provide Health care services through referral and need-based insurance coverage.
  • Provide legal services for filing cases and complaints for compensation.
  • Refer survivor to economic empowerment process.
  • Provide2-day life skills training to each survivor dedicated to communication, problem-solving, teamwork, social issues, labour rights, decision making, leadership development and networking etc. using Ashshash provided training module.
  • Provide career counseling (one to one) to each survivor using Ashshash provided career counseling module and guideline (at least four sessions with each survivor initially). The session will continue during the training and employment period.
  • Using Ashshash developed economic development screening tool, career counselor will assess each survivor considering different factors of a participant’s life including economic conditions, resources, family needs, and individual interests and strengths.
  • Prepare economic development plan based on the job and business’ market demands, survivors’ work experience (if any), work preferences and interests, income requirements, work schedule constraints, working environment preferences, and others.
  • Provide skills development training (45-day/360 hours) to the selected survivors (at least 40% of total targeted survivors) using multiple approaches including mentor-mentee (70%) and class room based (10%).
  • Ashshash-trained mentors/ facilitators will provide skills development training (soft and hard skills) to the enrolled beneficiaries through mentioned approaches using Ashshash-provided Training Implementation Guide line (TIG).
  • Career counselors will provide small class room-style training to a group of survivors on soft skills and job search skills (resume-writing, interviewing etc.), including identifying potential employers, submitting applications, following up, negotiating salaries and benefits, and providing support during the employment placement process.
  • SRP will ensure quality skills development training through proper monitoring and formative and summative assessment engaging external assessors from the pool.
  • SRP will ensure skills training completion certificates for each survivor after finishing training and final assessment.
  • SRP will arrange assessment through RPL system for at least 10% survivors to receive Govt. certificate.
  • Establish or strengthen linkages with district and national level private sector companies for ensuring wage-employment of the skilled graduates’ survivors.
  • Organize meetings with employers (quarterly) and Job Fair (yearly) engaging potential district and national level private sector companies for ensuring wage-based employment.
  • Provide entrepreneurship development training (15-day/60hours) to the interested survivors (at least 60% of total targeted survivors) with the support of BOS partner and Ashshash guidelines.
  • After the 15-day entrepreneurship training, SRP will ensure a business attachment training (10-day) to each survivor based on their selected nature of business in the local business markets.
  • Provide business development support services including market linkage, access to finance, product marketing, opening trade license and bank account, establish network with buyer, entrepreneurs conference/trade fair, business mentoring, coaching, guidance.etc.
  • Facilitate relationships between survivors and financial institutions for ensuring collateral free loans for the survivors through cluster financing; also explore partnering with green banking initiatives that support climate-vulnerable areas and could be a source for financing green businesses by survivors.
  • Engage the private sector companies to explore market connections; for example, small producers will be linked with larger buyers as part of external value-chain development activities, and the program will link survivors’ businesses to district level business associations, chambers, and other business communities.
  • Arrange entrepreneurs conferences/trade fair (yearly) engaging potential buyers and others business actors from local and national levels.
  • During the life skills training/skills development training/entrepreneur ship development training/business attachment period, each survivor will be provided BDT200/day for their local transport allowance (weekly) and the amount will be payable through mobile bank account (bKash) based on the actual attendance in the training.
  • Provide food and refreshments to the survivors during entrepreneur ship development training (10-day).
  • The entrepreneurship training graduates (40% of total survivors) will be provided business start-up capital (BOT20,000) as kind support for starting their business from the project based on the needs of the businesss types considering the survivors’ economic profile.
  • Ensure job placement (wage and self) to the trained graduates in local and national job and business markets within a month of graduation from trainings with an initial salary of at least BDT 6,000/month.
  • For retention and sustainability, maintain regular follow-up with the employed survivor in the work/business splace up to six (6) months from starting a job or business. It is expected that the employed graduates will earn at least BDT 6’000/month, for a minimum period of 6 consecutive months, within 1 year of graduation from the project.
  • Ensure proper monitoring, record keeping, and reporting.
  • Initiate Leadership Capacity enhancement of leader survivors
  • Establish and operationalize a counseling corner under local government establishment.
  • Develop and/or update district level referral directories to support trafficking survivors
  • Mapping and identifying the social service providers and their resources to be utilized for sustainable reintegration of trafficking survivors.
  • Coordination and collaboration meeting with service providers for reintegration of survivors using referral network.
  • Engage CTC in advocacy initiative at the grass root level.
  • Provide sensitization session/training to private and public service providing organizations to ensure trauma-informed and victim-centered services.
  • SRP will ensure social and economic reintegration of each survivor based on the guideline ofAshshash.

Project Participants (Direct): 1450 (65% of women, 90% of poor, 9% of 16-20 years of age, 60% of 21-30, 31% of the total survivors will be of 31-40 years of age)

Geographical Location

Age Segregation

Male

Female

Total

Dhaka West- 300 (Female-195; Male-105)

16-20

9

18

27

21-30

63

117

180

31-40

33

60

93

Manikganj- 600 (Female-390; Male-210)

16-20

19

35

54

21-30

126

234

360

31-40

65

121

186

Jhenaidah- 550 (Female-357; Male-193)

16-20

17

33

50

21-30

116

214

330

31-40

60

110

170

Total

 

508

942

1450

Project Duration: 40 months (November 23, 2023 to February 28, 2027)

Financial partner (Donor): Winrock International (funded by The Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh)

Implementing partner (if any): N/A

Project Location (District & Upazila): Jhenaidah, Manikganj and Dhaka West (Savar, Dhamrai, Keraniganj)

Number of Field offices:  Two Field Office (Jhenaidah and Manikganj) and DAM HO.

Project Budget (Total): BDT 7,21,31,792

Number of project staffs and volunteers:

Staff (Regular)

Paid Volunteer

Non-Paid Volunteer

M

F

M

F

M

F

04

0

0

0

0

25

Contact Person:
Name & Designation: Sk. Mahabbat Hossen, Project Focal Person
Email: mahabbat.dam@gmail.com
Cell:    +8801716054610