Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Anmol (18), was totally dejected when he came to know that one of his family members got affected by deadly cancer. Depression engulfed him but something came to his mind. Anmol, who was a volunteer of VBD of Dhaka District, with other volunteers, started a unique campaign – “School of Survivor”.
The volunteers visited cancer patients at different hospital, spent time with cancer affected children in hospitals, played with them, sung song together ‘we shall overcome’ and tried to fulfill their last wish. They created awareness about cancer and people were told they deserve love to overcome the deadly disease.
Later, similar initiatives were taken for acid survivors, senior citizen at old home, orphan children, and Autistic Children.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
Currently VBD has 12,000 volunteers from all around the country who are actively engaged in different community programs. Till date, we have established Volunteer Action Groups in 29 districts of Bangladesh and these Action Groups independently run their own projects engaging philanthropists and community members at local level. Moreover, to spread the spirit of volunteerism worldwide, branches have been launched in Australia, Canada, UK and USA.
Over the years, VBD has activated youth through different programs which includes – campaign for education for all, raising awareness about the protection of environment and reduction of pollutions, providing training to potential young entrepreneurs, creating trained youth group for rescue operation in case of natural disaster etc.
Moreover, we are creating next generation leaders in every field; be it politics, business or social work.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
Demographics show that lion’s share (73%) of the population live in rural part of Bangladesh. We are planning to expand at full scale targeting this large chunk of the population. Given our expansion strategy, we are to establish Action Group in each of the 64 districts of Bangladesh within the next 5 years engaging approximately 50,000 registered volunteers.
Moreover, collaboration will be created with other private/government organizations in order to bring policy reform and comprehensive effort to utilize the potential youth of Bangladesh creating leaders in political and social field.