In all of the program’s result areas, youth interventions are embedded in one way or another in agricultural production and income development, health, hygiene and nutrition (HHN), Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), women’s empowerment and governance. The major youth interventions and their objectives are-
Dolna, a youth leader in Tahirpur upazila, Sunamganj district, is training the adolescent girls on how to produce masks, as their way of coping with the COVID-19 impact in their communities. Photo: CARE
Community Adolescent Group: School dropout adolescents are more vulnerable in the community. Lack of education opportunities and lack of skills make them frustrated, less productive, and less dignified. SHOUHARDO III assists them to build their confidence and life vision and capacity through training on basic life skills that include communication, business planning, and negotiation among others. The program facilitated the formation of 170 adolescent boys’ groups and 238 adolescent girls’ groups with 2,299 and 2,994 members, respectively.
“We (she and other girls her age in the community) meet on a regular interval for meetings. We got to learn so much about the importance of menstrual hygiene, the need for iron-folic acid tablets, and many other issues that we would not be getting to know from our families. SHOUHARDO’s meetings are really helpful for us”
– Shetu from Kishoreganj
Newly Married and Young Mother Group: In rural areas context, newly married women and young mothers face many challenges. They usually do not have a voice as a newcomer in the family, cannot make their decision and be overloaded by domestic chores. SHOUHARDO III facilitated to build their financial capacity through VSLA engagement and developing their basic life skills on financial planning and management, decision making, communication and negotiation, and leadership as well as make the group connection with the potential sectors and groups so that they would able to play a leadership role in the family and can contribute to the society. The program formed a total of 119 groups reaching 1,086 newly married and young mothers as of January 2021.