Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah (R.)

14th February 2024, at morning, Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) organized a District-level inception meeting of Ashshash phase II in the conference room of Jhenaidah District Commissioner’ s Office. The project is implemented by Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) with the technical assistance of Winrock Internation and funded by the Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh.

The Deputy Commissioner of Jhenaidah, Mr. S. M. Rafiqul Islam. Presided over the event and concluded the event. Mr. Md. Sajedul Qayyum Dulal, the Executive Director of Dhaka Ahsania Mission was present as the chief guest of the meeting. The event was glorified with the presence of several special guests – Md. Azimul Ahsan, District Superintendent of Police, Jhenaidah; Dr. Shubhra Rani Debnath, Civil Surgeon, Jhenaidah; Md. Yarul Islam, Deputy Director, Local Administration; Md. Golam Nabi, Joint District Judge; Land Survey Tribunal and District Legal Aid Officer (Acting). Among the other guests, Md. Omar Faruk, Senior Manager, Training and Employment, Mrinmoy Mohajan, Policy Advocacy Specialist (Senior Manager) and other representatives of the partner organization, Wirock International; Upazila Chief executive officer; Sk. Mahabbat Hossen, Team Leader, Rights and Governance Sector of Dhaka Ahsania Mission; District Women Affairs Officer; Department of Social Services; Department of Youth Development; National Legal Aid Services Centre; Sub-judge of Legal Aid Committee; ‘Surjer hashi’- Clinic; One Stop Crisis Center; Aid Foundation; Srizony Foundation; BRAC; President of Jhenaidah Press Club; Technical Training Center (TTC); Representatives of district administration; Executive committee members of various non-government organizations; Press Representatives and various dignitaries were present at the meeting.

In the event, a service beneficiary of Ashshash Phase-I shared her tragic experience of becoming a victim of trafficking and struggling turn around form her misfortune. She also expressed, how amid her struggle, Ashshash became her hope toward solitude. Followed by an open discussion and Informative documentation session, the presenters enlightened the honourable guests about the goal and objectives of the project. The open discussion created a democratic environment to unveil important feedback and awareness-raising thoughts from the guests on the ongoing counter trafficking-in-person scene of Bangladesh.

With the motto of “Divine and Humanitarian Services” and the humanitarian ethos of the founder, Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah, Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) is services as a leading NGO in Bangladesh since 1958. Through different initiatives associated with repatriation, prevention, protection and prosecution, the organization embarked on a journey to counter the trafficking and various forms of slavery in 1997. Among the remarkable initiatives, establishment of Thikana Shelter Home for trafficking victims, Technical and Vocational Training centres and Drug Rehabilitation centres are well acknowledged. In continuation of the service toward humanity, the Ashshash phase II project will be implemented in 06 upazilas of greater Jhenaidah. The project will address several basic needs of the survivors such as, health, accommodation, mental stability, legal assistance, economic development etc and will also take collective efforts to mainstream the trafficking victims into the society as dignified citizens.

Human trafficking is a terrible crime worldwide. Especially, being located in a border area, the youth of Jhenaidah are at high risk of becoming trafficked each year. Not to mention that a trafficked woman or man becomes more helpless and vulnerable with the aversive effects of social stigma, shame and self-blame. Ashshash extends an opportunity for these people to reshape their lives with the services designed specifically toward ensuring their social and economic stability. Dhaka Ahsania Mission, as a social reintegration partner of Winrock Internal commits to be an inseparable part of this development journey for men and women who have experienced trafficking.