BEES has 42years’ experience in multifarious fields of development services. The launching of BEES coincides with the history of the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC), an international relief and development based organization.
The launching of BEES coincides with the history of the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) in Bangladesh. The development drive now being intervened and executed by BEES, was started as Bogra Rural Development Project (BRDP) under CRWRC in 1975 with the Ministry of Agriculture, Bangladesh. As one of its long-term goals, CRWRC also initiated to a local organization, BEES, to manage the BRDP. Later CRWRC handed over the all-out management responsibilities and ownership of the project to BEES in 1984.
Since then, having the mission for bringing about socio-economic changes in the lives of the poor, illiterate, neglected, unskilled and malnourished people, especially women, of the society through empowerment of their life style, BEES enhances self-reliance efforts of more than 55,80,000 people. BEES sets forth its activities with the objectives of accomplishing the factors that promote or boost development, giving emphasis on sustainability, behavioral change and women empowerment in terms of universal literacy, access to health, nutrition, personal hygiene & sanitation, family planning and livelihood development activities. BEES sets forth its activities with the objectives of accomplishing the factors that promote or boost development by giving emphasis on sustainability, behavioral change and women empowerment in terms of universal literacy, access to health care including WatSan, promotion of personal hygiene & sanitation, nutrition education, rights & governance and income & employment generation for livelihood development.
BEESwas formed with a spirit to alleviate poverty and empower the rural and urban underprivileged of the destabilized society. Currently, it’s providing services to improve the livelihood of more than 5.58 million people of Bangladesh. BEES facilitates the beneficiaries to participate in different programs on health, nutrition, education, legal rights, agriculture, climate change, disaster preparedness and management, women empowerment, training and credit for income generating activities. BEES’s pro-poor programs are designed to cover widest range of population. The core strategy is to develop self-confidence and unity among the target groups. Therefore, a participatory approach is adopted where group members learn to be accommodative and respect others’ opinions. BEES designs promotional interventions comprising training, introduction of behavior change communication, advocacy, and networking as well as widely covered social mobilization to change manners, attitude and practice as well as to extend knowledge and awareness among the target groups.
The organization is fully conversant with working procedures of government and various donors. It has evidence of good coordination with development partners and relevant agencies for conducting need assessment through baseline & market survey, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating, auditing and impact assessment study in regard of income & livelihood restoration related different programs and projects. It has experience of working with local government bodies such as Union Parishad, UpazilaNirbahi Office to district level administration representing all the ministries & departments of Government of Bangladesh. During planning and smooth implementation of any project, BEES coordinates and makes liaison with the respective department from union level to district level. Besides, in every project area, BEES has a joint collaboration activities i.e. joint planning, supervision and monitoring committees with the local government bodies to monitor its different ongoing programs & projects activities.
Until now, BEES has implemented different programs and projects activities in collaboration with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), Department of Livestock Services (DLS), Ministry of Women’s and Child Affairs, Ministry of LGED, Ministry of Labor and Employment, Department of Social Welfare, Ministry of Food and Disaster Management, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Land and also Ministry of communication.
As a development organization, BEES has HR policy, gender policy, staff recruitment policy, procurement policy, finance & accounts policy, Sheba manual, microcredit manual, training manual, curriculum, training aids and materials, program wise strategies & guidelines to run the organizational activities efficiently.
BEES reinforces multidimensional programs that impact all aspects of the lives of disadvantaged people. The communities we work that help us to find sustainable solutions towards the developmental challenges. BEES believes that people have the ability to analyze their situation to identify their own developmental priorities and find appropriate solution. Unfortunately, due to unavailability of information, technical and financial support, they are unable to do so. Hence, BEES offers a series of skill development activities and promotes income and employment generation for the target beneficiaries.
A participatory approach has already been adopted when interacting with target group members. Group members are taught to be accommodative and respectful toward others’ opinions. BEES promotes training, advocacy, networking and social moralization to change behavior, attitude and practices. BEES also hope to increase knowledge and awareness among target groups. Awareness programs on human rights, legal support, good governance, gender equity, women empowerment are linked with core programs to streamline them with sustainable development. Self-sufficiency, better social understanding and support of BEES lead the beneficiaries to achieve their goal.
The building block of BEES’s strategy is the formation and fortification of community based intuitions, focused on empowerment through human resource development. BEES adopts pro-poor, demand responsive and gender sensitive approaches to ensure decentralized service delivery mechanisms and good governance. It aims to establish human rights for social equity and sustainable development. BEES has targeted these areas based on its past experiences and new ideas
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