Background of HF
Humanitarian Foundation (HF) is a non-political, non-profitable local voluntary organization working in Chittagong Hill Tracts. It is an ideology-based organization and considers its role as facilitating the social transformation process. The focus of its initiative is indigenous people especially women, children and other ethnic minorities. It was established by some committed and dedicated youths in 1999 through a series of interactions among different stakeholders under the leadership of Mr. Moung Moung Shing, Mr. Amar Shanti Chakma and Mr. Abraham Tripura. It was developed with a commitment to support the vulnerable and marginalized people who are deprived of basic human needs. From the very beginning of its intervention in the field of development it geared all its strengths to bring them in the mainstream of development to help live in peace with dignity in a society based on justice.
Humanitarian Foundation envisions a just and compassionate world free from oppression, hunger and poverty, where every person irrespective of race, colour and creed lives in peace and dignity.
Organising the outcast, oppressed and extremely poor; elimination of their sufferings through introducing community supporting approach and develop community capacity to attain services from public and private sectors; eradication of poverty through the empowerment of community, education, utilisation of available scopes, opportunities, resources and potentials; strive against social injustice, protect and promote human rights, culture, values, norms, dignity and gender equity.
The ultra poor, disadvantaged people specially women and children living in CHT.
Sectors of work
Education, Health, Economic Emancipation, Environment and Forest, Human Rights, Advocacy and Networking, Research, Organization Development.
Through effective participation of the community people the following areas have been identified to provide support to the target people:
Education, Training, Water and Sanitation, Women Development, Health, Income Generation Activities, Social Forestry, Human Rights, Agriculture, Entrepreneurship Development, Rural Development, Small Business and Mother Linguistic Education.
Humanitarian Foundation (HF) is working in 31 unions of 7 upazilas (sub-district) in Bandarban hill district of Bangladesh. Name of Thana/Upazila (sub-districts) and unions, where HF is rendering services, are given in the table:
|District||Thana/Upazial (sub-district)||Name of Unions||Bandarban||Bandarban sadar||Bandarban sadar, Sualok, Tongkabati, Rajbila, Kuhalong||Ruma||Ruma sadar, Remakree Pransha, Paindu, Galaingya||Thanchi||Thanchi sadar, Remakree, Tindu, Balipara||Rowangchari||Rowangchari sadar, Taracha, Noapatong, Alykhyang||Lama||Lama sadar, Gozalia, Saroi, Rupashi, Ajijnagar, Faishiakhali||Alikadom||Alikadom sadar, Choikhyang, Paindu, Galaingya||Naikhyangchari||Naikhyangchari sadar, Baisari, Dochari, Ghundum|
Note: The administrative unit of Bangladesh is divided into 7 divisions (Dhaka, Chittagong, Barisal, Khulna, Rashahi, Sylhet and Rangpur). Each of the division comprises of several districts. Bandarban is a district under the Chittagong division. Like a division, a district comprises of several thana/upazila. Bandarban district consists of 7 thana/upazila: Bandarban sadar, Thanchi, Ruma, Lama, Alikadom, Naikhyangchari and Rowangchari.
HF follows a very simple strategy to implement its vision and mission successfully. Main approaches are presented below:
Community managed approach: In this approach HF emphasises on ownership development among the members of the community. This is not just providing training. It embarks lots of things. It is difficult to identify suitable leaders unless ownership is developed among the community. Ownership develops from the perceived knowledge of benefit to be gained from the project. HF believes that only financial benefit may not be sufficient to develop a long term ownership. In order to develop a long term-ownership among the community, project benefits need to be explained clearly. If ownership can be developed among the members, it helps developing commitment among the leaders. If commitment develops then leaders take responsibility. Responsibility leads leaders to take assignment that ultimately develops leadership and managerial skills in course of time.
Social mobilisation: HF attempts to mobilise people to implement the project. In order to do that it develops good relationship with all stakeholders, civil society members, media, LIB representatives, local and customary leaders so that all stakeholders participate in the project activities to implement the project successfully.
Holistic approach: HF follows a holistic approach during the implementation of a project. HF involves all stakeholders and organises at least one day orientation before the commencement of the project. Through this session HF identify responses from different stakeholders and review strategy if it becomes necessary.
Networking: HF maintains a strong network with different development stakeholders. It maintains liaison with the concern Government officials, NGOs, social leaders, customary leaders and LEB representatives through attending regular coordination meetings, submissions of periodic reports and inviting them in the HF activities.
Emphasise on local resources and self dependence: HF discourages relief and grants for the beneficiaries and rather encourages collective actions to rely on existing resources, access to public and private resources and proper utilisation of scopes and opportunities.
Gender equity: On the surface both men and women enjoy equal opportunities in society. But in reality women are exploited socially, politically and religiously. HF is very much sensitive in program designing to explore gender mainstreaming in all activities.
Organizational Management/staff structure
A 21 member General Council (GC) is considered as the main authority of Humanitarian Foundation (HF) elects a 7 member Executive Council (EC) for a period of three years to conduct the organisation successfully. The EC is responsible for the implementation of all organizational programmes and activities. EC meets tri-monthly and as per need to discuss, share, review and evaluate the progress of different programs. EC approves monthly expenditure during the quarterly meeting. They develop and submit annual progress report, annual expenditure statement and budget to the GC. GC approves the organisational budget every year.
The President is the constitutional head and the secretary is the executive head of the organisation. The Executive Director (ED) appointed by the EC acts as functional head of the organisation. ED has to submit monthly progress and expenditure report to the EC.
Each HF program and project is coordinated by a respective coordinator from the central office. There is a support service under the direct supervision of ED that provides services to the programs from three contextual components such as accounts to deal with accounting, internal audit to maintain transparency and administration to provide administrative support. All coordinators are accountable and reportable to the ED for their activities.
Considering the topography and geographical conditions of the locality HF usually designs each program and project deploying staff at three circles. One is Upazila, one is union and the other is community. All activities under one Upazila is coordinated by a Upazila coordinator. An Office Assistant provides administrative support to the coordinator to run the program/projects. On the basis of the program concept, HF though provides different designation to different staff at different level. For example in the case of school support the designation is a teacher instead of a community facilitator but he enjoys the same status of the specific circle.
As a supervision strategy, HF conducts field activities 5 days in a week. One day is kept for documentation, reporting and review. Weekly meetings are conducted at Upazila level to review the progress. At central level all senior staff sits every month to review the progress. The Upazila coordinator attends the meeting regularly.
An annual report is prepared every year. Annual audits are being performed by external auditors every year. As HF is registered under NGO Affairs Bureau, it is mandatory to submit all project reports as per GoB policy.
HF's working environment results in a high staff retention rate in comparison with other organisations in Bandarban area.
HF is registered with the Department of Social Service, Bandarban, under the Ministry of Social Welfare, Government of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh vide Reg. No. Band-184/03 dated 21-12-2003 and NGO Affairs Bureau under the Foreign Donation Regulation Ordnance 1978, vide Reg. No: - 2116-dated 30-07-2006. Registration Renewed: 30-07.2016.
|Account's name||Humanitarian Foundation|
|Type of account||Short Term Deposit (STD)|
|Bank's name||Pubali Bank Limited|
|Address of Bank||Bandarban Bazaar|
|(Opposite side of the Bandarban Government School)|
|Bandarban hill district-4600|