ACTION CONTRE LA FAIM (ACF International)

ACTION CONTRE LA FAIM (ACF) is a humanitarian non-Governmental, non-political, neutral and non-profit international organisation (INGO) that was established in France in 1979 to deliver aid in countries throughout the world. Action Contre la Faim, which means Action Against Hunger in English, fights against hunger through identifying the underlying causes of under-nutrition and taking action. Action Contre la Faim (ACF International) is one of the leading organization in the fight against hunger worldwide. ACF has over 35 years of expertise in situations of conflict, natural disaster and chronic food insecurity. ACF International works in more than 45 countries coming to the aid of more than 13 million people.

ACF began working in Bangladesh since 2007 following the floods in Shariatpur and cyclone Sidr. Since then ACF has been working to fight against hunger, under-nutrition and responding to humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh. ACF plans to continue working in Bangladesh with the aim to fight under-nutrition, its underlying causes and extend support to vulnerable population in need of humanitarian assistance.

ACF Plays and integral role in health and nutrition related initiatives. ACF is a member of the Scale-Up-Nutrition (SUN) Movement, a global campaign which believes that people have a right to food and good nutrition. ACF is also a core member of Nutrition Cluster, Health Cluster, Food Security & Livelihood Cluster, Early Recovery Cluster and Logistics Cluster in Bangladesh.

Vision: A world without hunger

Mission:

ACF International’s mission is to save lives by eliminating hunger through the prevention, detection and treatment of under-nutrition especially during and after emergency situations of conflict, war and natural disaster. 

Our Charter:

ACF respects the following principles whilst carrying out its activities-

  • INDEPENDENCE
  • NEUTRALITY
  • NON DISCRIMINATION
  • FREE AND DIRECT ACCESS TO VICTIMS
  • PROFESSIONALISM
  • TRANSPARENCY

 Legal status: Registered with NGOAB in Bangladesh on 3rd April 2008 (Reg. No-2330).

Areas of Operations:

ACF Bangladesh has programs in the south-west/coastal belt (Barguna and Satkhira) and south-east (Cox’s Bazar). ACF Bangladesh runs a countrywide capacity strengthening initiative for Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) management in government health facilities in 64 districts of Bangladesh. At present the mission operates through four bases in Dhaka, Barguna, Satkhira and Cox’s Bazar.

ACF Bangladesh Programming:

  • Nutrition & Health Program is designed to prevent, diagnose and treat acute malnutrition of population who are at high risk, such as young children, pregnant and breastfeeding women.
  • Food Security & Livelihoods Program works with vulnerable population and assists to recover from livelihood damages after disasters. ACF combines emergency relief with recovery programs which contributes towards sustainable homestead production and sources of income.
  • Water Sanitation & Hygiene Program aims at preventing waterborne diseases and reducing mortality and morbidity rate of vulnerable and exposed populations. This program works to ensure access to safe drinking water, sanitation facilities and managing the solid waste in communities to sustain clean and healthy environment.
  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Program comprises of emergency response and long term community based activities to reduce vulnerability and building disaster resilient communities.
  • Mental Health and Care Practices Program works to prevent acute malnutrition by reinforcing positive child care practices and providing psychological support to targeted families in the event of natural disasters and conflict.

Implementation strategy:

ACF Works directly with the community people through partnership with local NGOs, International NGOs, UN Agencies, Research institutions and Universities.

PROFILE OF WORKING EXPERIENCE IN BARGUNA DISTRICT:

SN

Project Title

Major interventions

Locations

Duration

PNGO

Beneficiaries covered

1

Early recovery program for SIDR affected populations(FSL program) funded by AECID ( Spanish Cooperation)

1.Goats distribution-350 HHs

2.Agricultural tools and seeds distribution-350 HHs

3. Fishing trawler-30 among 300HHs

Barguna Sadar (Naltona & M.Baliatali Union) and

Amtali Upazilla (Borobogi Union)

 

February 2009- February 2010

 

Sangram

1000 Households

2

Housing Response to cyclone affected population (SHELTER PROJECT) funded by European Commission  Humanitarian  Aid  ( ECHO)

-New Construction 610 Houses

-Repairs/Partial Damage 300 Houses

-Sanitary latrine 915 HHs

Barguna Sadar and

Amtali Upazilla

 

February 2009- February 2010

 

Sangram

915 Households

3

“Demonstrated evidence that disaster risks to livestock can be reduced through proper care practices” (ACF funded)

Provided 1000 goats to extreme poor households and established quarantine measures at community level

-Provided vaccination and medication support

 

Barguna (Amtoli upazila) and Patuakhali (Kalapara Upazila) Districts

July 2010 to May 2011               

 

Sangram

1000 Households

4

“Community managed Disaster Risk Reduction” (CMDRR Program) funded by AECID and ACF

 

-Disaster Management and Risk Reduction-5613 HHs

-HH Risk Reduction and Livelihoods Resilience

-DRR support-1454 HHs(Raised plinth, Strengthen shelters, Planted tree saplings, Establishment sanitary latrines)

-Livelihooh support-1454 HHs (Off-farm support - Small trading, Rickshaw/ van  and Sewing machine and On-farm support - Livestock-Goat, Poultry (chicken& duck), Homestead  gardening- seeds & tools , Fishing net  & fish fingerlings )

-Gender concerned risk is reduced for Women and girls –whole community

Amtoli upazila under Barguna district

November 2011 to April 2013

 

Sangram

5613 Households (DRR-5613 & Livelihood (1454 beneficiary Households)

5

Emergency response on Cold Wave ”

 

Winter kits distribution to 1397 HHs (Items: Blanket-shawl, sweater for 0-2 years old, sweater for 3-5 years old)

Amtoli upazila under Barguna district

20th December 2011 to 18th February 2012

 

Sangram

1397 Households

6

Emergency response for the Tropical Storm affected people in Taltali upazila in Barguna District.

 

-Emergency shelter kit distribution – to 2000 HHs

-Emergency hygiene kit distribution – to 2000 HHs

 

Taltali upazila of Barguna district

20 May 2013 to 30 June 2013

Sangram

2000 HHs

7

DIPECHO VII(Strengthening Resilience & Safety in Schools and Communities in Bangladesh funded by ECHO

-Development of Community Based Disaster Preparedness (CBDP) and School Based Disaster Preparedness (SBDP) Models.

-Facilitate to implement these  models in community and schools level

- Advocacy to institutionalise the CBDP & SBDP models 

Taltoli upazila under Barguna district

April 2013 to September 2014

Sushilan

6941 Households (28030 Individuals)

8

“Enhancing Community Disaster Resilience in Taltali Upazilla, in Bangladesh” (ACF funded)

Disaster Risk Reduction, Livelihood resilience, Mental Health and Care practices interventions

Taltoli upazila under Barguna district

April 2013 to March 2015

 

Union Parishad (Borobagi, Nishanbara and Sonakata) and NSS

5613 Households (DRR & MCHP 5613, Livelihood-350 HHs)

ONGOING PROGRAM/PROJECT IN BARGUNA DISTRICT:

Name of Project

Towards Nutritional Security through building disaster resilient communities in Taltoli Upazila in Bangladesh

Principal Objective

Enhancing resilience  of vulnerable population through integrated approach targeting in Taltoli upazila, Barguna

Specific Objective

Strengthening capacity of most vulnerable  communities to be resilient in responding disasters through integrated  approach (including FSL/DRR, WaSH, Mental health and Care Practices and Nutrition)

Project Location

Borobogi, Nishanbaria and Sonakata Union of Taltali Upazila under Barguna district.

Total beneficiaries

Approximately 19,170 Population which include 4,748 households (BBS 2011)

 

COMPONENTS OF PROJECT

MAJOR ACTIVITIES UNDER EACH COMPONENT

Food Security and Livelihood (FSL)

Capacity building  of Partner NGO (NSS)

Identification of applied research activities with the University of PSTU

Capacity building of Micro Entrepreneurs and support investment funds

Establish linkage between Micro Entrepreneurs and line department/ agencies

Capacity building of VSLA (Village Savings & Loan Associations) and support investment funds

Capacity building of livelihood beneficiaries on different IGAs and Provide support to beneficiaries as livelihood cash grant.

Establish linkage between livelihood beneficiaries with community people, respective government department and other service providers

Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

Capacity building of UDMCs, WDMCs and PICs for maintenance of community infrastructures and local level advocacy

Capacity building of WDMCs on Search & Rescue, First Aid

Community mobilization and support to implement RRAPs of UDMCs

Awareness raising on disaster preparedness(mock drill, meeting with DMCs)

Establish linkages between WDMC, UDMCs and CPP

Nutrition

Capacity building of DMCs on Nutrition in Emergencies

Capacity building of health workers on SAM management

Establishment of functional SAM and Breastfeeding corner at Upazila and district hospital

Nutrition supplies (small equipment, stationeries, anthropometric tools etc.)

Mental Health Care and Practices (MHCP)

Capacity building of Women Committee and Male Forum on MHCP

Capacity building of health workers of Community Clinic on MHCP, growth Monitoring and Psychological First Aid (PFA)

Capacity building of NSS staffs on MHCP, Growth Monitoring and PFA

Development of IEC materials and Care Practices materials supply to SAM & Breastfeeding corner at district and sub district hospital.

Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH)

Repairing of latrine in Cyclone Shelter with hand washing device

Repairing of water supply facilities/installation of tube well with hand washing device in Cyclone Shelter.

Repairing of latrine in Community Clinic with hand washing device

Repairing of water supply facilities/installation of tube well with hand washing device in Community Clinic.

Development of IEC materials on WaSH