Breaking The Silence

Basic Informations

NGO Bureau: Registration no. :1642,  Date: 03 June 2001

Social Welfare: Registration no.  Dha-05037, Date: 17 October 2000

Women Affairs: N/A

Joint Stoke Company: N/A

Micro Credit Regulatory Authority: N/A

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BTS is a non-profit, non- political organization established in 1994 through committed efforts of some of the prominent development activist in Bangladesh and subsequently registered as a legal body in 2000 with the Department of Social Services (DSS) on 17th October 2000 and NGO Affairs Bureau on May 2001. Much of the work was done voluntarily by the founder members to break the silence in the community. The members of BTS have taken upon themselves to raise awareness to protect the children from sexual abuse.

BTS is recognized a specialized organization focusing on prevention of child sexual abuse by CBOs, CSOs, NGOs, government and development partners. It has developed window method based protection education for its program delivery. In the method, step by step the children are capacitated to develop their life skill to protect themselves. They are made aware on their development and rights special focus on sexual abuse. Gradually the method is popular within development actors. It is also utilized by Save the Children Denmark, Red Cross International and Denmark government in their child protection program. For the continue advocacy and lobbying, the government adopted protection education in school curriculum. In the meantime, protection education is included in the subject “Physical Education and Health” in Class VII and it is in process to include in the text book of other classes.

Besides, BTS is working with local government to include children in their governance and allocate resources for the wellbeing of the children. Children in those areas participated in decision making process in budget allocation, formulation of code of conduct, initiation of complaint and response system and service monitoring for child protection. Local government representatives are playing active role to create child friendly environment through provision of education, healthcare, child protection and recreation facilities in the community. With more than two decades experience, BTS is confident and committed to work as a national organization with children, community, CBOs, NGOs, CSOs, media, government and Development Partners.


 

Address

Breaking The Silence
Project Office:
Mahedibag, Rasulpur, Satkhira-9400
(Beside of TV Tower)

Mob: +88-01720-537237
E-mail:bts.satkhira@gmail.com

Vision

A protective environment in the society and state for promoting child rights.

Mission

To support children, caregivers, duty bearers and other stakeholders to realize and promote child rights and reduce all forms of child abuse with particular focus on child sexual abuse through meaningful child participation and by facilitating good governance

Objectives

1: Monitoring and demanding children’s rights, with children: To facilitate civil society organizations, children and communities to track commitments to child rights, directly influence child focused development policy and to strengthen the political and civic space for children, adolescents and youth to participate in democratic processes.

2: Good Governance delivering child rights: To facilitate civil society organizations, children and communities to advocate for open and resilient institutions that deliver children’s rights.

3: To facilitate civil society organizations, children and communities to strengthen public financing mechanisms that effectively, efficiently and equitably address children’s wellbeing.

4: To design and test a child led social accountability framework, to improve the accountability and responsiveness of primary health and education improved service delivery (especially for women and children).

5: Children and caregivers are aware of the risks of migration and have gender sensitive information and support to manage or mitigate them.
6: Improved basic education opportunities for children.
7: Sustainable community-based child protection mechanism to support vulnerable children and families established
8: Strengthen the gender sensitive services and buildup of a national consensus among government, non-government institutions and private sectors in urban (the city corporations) areas in increasing opportunity of play, and better services to children on the move.

9: Deprived adolescent and youth have access to decent employment opportunities

10: Deprived adolescents and youth have improved ability to gain their social and political rights

11: Deprived adolescents and youth have improved ability to gain their social and political rights

Major Activities

  • Ward child forums Meeting
  • Youth & Union child forum coordination meeting
  • Ward shove, planning and budgeting meeting and open budget sessions are facilitated with attendance of children
  • Local Government organize quarterly dialogue session and develop action plan addressing children observation on child rights situation and follow-up
  • organize monthly meeting of the Standing committee of Family violence eradication and women and children welfare with the participation of  children, youth and project staff  to monitor the implementation of  the child focus plan, allocated budget and complaint and response mechanism
  • Designing of training curriculum, materials and methodology for Social Accountability Framework
  • Monthly Child led monitoring visits by child/adolescent monitors with service providers
  • Regular service providers’ self-assessment
  • Organize  monthly Social Accountability meetings between children/adolescents, youth facilitators, service providers and local government
  • Local public dialogue sessions held quarterly ( 2 UZP Stakhira Sadar and Debhata  and 1 at District)
  • Project learning sharing meeting held at Union level ( 5 Union Parishad) with development org (NGOs), local administration, service providers and LGIs
  • Function 15 socialization at 5 unions
  •   Day Observation (child rights week, National and international child day)
  • Organize monthly meeting for each child clubs
  • Provide training for the child club members on unsafe migration, child protection, gender, peer to peer support, sports.
  • Inter project exposure visit  of LGI, CMC, PC, CM, YV
  • Organize  bi-monthly meeting of protective circles on CRM and other issues
  • Organize mass awareness events through using cultural tools e.g. TFD, ALCAAP show with the involvement of children and community people
  • Monthly meeting of Centre Management Committee (CMC) on how they will promote 'right to play' and CRM and other issues
  • Competition on local play and material development inter socialization centre, inter Union and inter working Area
  • Conduct parents group formation meeting and monthly meeting
  • Support schools to organize Quarterly Parents gathering at school
  • Organize monthly meeting of CBCPC to motivate for service linkage and creating open space for children's play
  • Bi-monthly Meeting with ‘counter trafficking committee’ (CTC) at Union
  • Quarterly Advocacy meeting with local government and local administration
  • Organize 12 meeting with adolescent and youth clubs members
  • 10 weeks resilience/CFLG training with adolescent and youth
  • 4 weeks resilience/CFLG  training with caregivers
  • Provide training to 375 adolescents and youths on transferable life skills (TLS), occupational health and safety, career counselling and CFLG approach
  • Organize 2 awareness raising campaign on rights realization of adolescent and youths
  • Organize 6 youth led initiatives
  • Conduct a service mapping in the targeted project location (no cost activities)
  • Conduct a vulnerability mapping in the targeted project location (no cost)
  • 2 Partnership meeting with private sector companies

Head Office

Breaking The Silence
Plot # 2/4,
Lalmatia, Block-G
Mohammadpur, Dhaka-1207
Tel: +88-02-58157889
E-mail:info@breakingthesilencebd.org

Project Office

Breaking The Silence
Project Office:
Mahedibag, Rasulpur, Satkhira-9400
(Beside of TV Tower)

Mob: +88-01720-537237
E-mail:bts.satkhira@gmail.com

List of Excutive Body

  1. Tasmima Hossain, Chairperson
  2. Iqbal Jillul Majid, Co-Chairperson
  3. Roksana Sultana, Member Secretary
  4. Monowara Parveen, Treasurer
  5. Quazi Baby, Member
  6. Sanjoy Kumar Roy, Member
  7. Bijan Bihary Biswash, Member
  8. Samia Afrin, Member
  9. Md. Zahir Uddin, Member
  10. Mayeeda Choudhury, Member
  11. Faruq Faisel, Member

Chief of NGO

Name: Ms. Roksana Sultana

Designation: Executive Director

Phone & Mobile No. +88-02-58157889 (01778-249277)

Staff Strength

Staff category Male Female Total
Management and Supervision 9 1 10
Mid-level 14 6 20
Field Worker 17 18 35
Support Staff 2 0 2
Voluntaries 4 11 15

Infrastructure facilities:

Particulars Total Number
Motor Cycle 5
Computer 5
Multimedia Projector 1
Laptob 3
Camera 3
Table 30
Chair 385
Almira 2
File Cabinet 20
Cabinet 2
Rack 22

Network / Forum

Name of Network / Forum : Member of District Child Welfare Board

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Name of Network / Forum : Member of VAW Committees at both district and upazilla level at Satkhira

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Name of Network / Forum : Member of Horizontal Learning Program (HLP) under Local Government Department, Ministry of LGRD and Cooperatives

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Name of Network / Forum : HLP district hub facilitator of Satkhira

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Name of Network / Forum : Secretariat of the Child Marriage and Child Abuse Prevention Software Management Committee at Sadar Upazilla of Satkhira

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Name of Network / Forum : Development partner of NCTB regarding child protection education

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Name of Network / Forum : Member of Network partner of SAIEVAC Bangladesh

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Name of Network / Forum : Executive Member of NACG

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Name of Network / Forum : Executive Member of Engage Men & Boys Bangladesh Network

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Name of Network / Forum : Executive Member of Psycho-Social Support Group

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Name of Network / Forum : Member of Shishu Surokkhay Amra

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Name of Network / Forum : Executive Member of Child Rights Governance Assembly

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Micro credit related information Last three years: (If necessary)

Financial year Amount of Savings Loan disbursement (Cumulative) Amount of Total fund (Tk)

Project List ( Total Project : 3 )

Project Name : Strengthening Partnership Agreement (SPA)

Doner : Save the Children

Sector : Child Poverty

Area : Satkhira Sadar

Time Line : January, 2018 to December, 2021

Brief of activities :

Breaking the Silence (BTS) is a Child Rights based organization and the organization was built up by a group of activities. BGD Danida Strategic Partnership Agreement Project is working in Satkhira Sadar Upazila under Satkhira district. This project focused deprived adolescent and youth in targeted rural areas of Bangladesh have improved their economic, social and political status with active support from strengthened CSOs. Because of adolescents and youths are agents of change in their own lives but are not organized in a common platform to raise their voice and communicate their needs. In reality, 30% of the population is not considered in the development agenda in Bangladesh. They are excluded due to social and cultural barriers. There is also lack of opportunities to build capabilities of deprived adolescent and youth that makes them vulnerable in terms of decision making about their own lives at family, workplaces and the societies, leading to early marriage, violence, exploitation, abuse, child labour, exclusion, gender discrimination,  The active involvement of deprived adolescents and youth will increase their ownership of the program activities and will increase their motivation to acquire the skills needed for social and political empowerment.

Project Name : Good Cause Campaign Project (GCC)

Doner : Save the Children

Sector : Child Rights Governance & Child Protection

Area : Satkhira Sadar

Time Line : February, 2017 to March, 2020

Brief of activities :

Children are particularly vulnerable during their journeys and when they reach their destinations because often they move to a place where they do not know anyone to whom they can turn for help and where they might even be seen as not worth helping. Both in transit and at destination, they are often unconnected to the communities through which they pass or settle, either permanently or temporarily. Their lack of documentation, language barriers or the stigmatization against them often means that they deliberately avoid contact with others and have difficulty in accessing basic services. Their isolation makes them particularly vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and violence.

Supporting children in transit is challenging, however anecdotal evidence suggests this is not impossible given that there are well-known transit hubs in Bangladesh that demarcate the rural-to-urban trajectory. Tracking children can push them into looking for more invisible and potentially dangerous routes to evade detection, especially if they suspect that the aim is to control or interrupt their journeys. Because these children are difficult to reach, they are often underserved.

For obvious reasons, information on the number of children who move is very scarce, and their reasons for moving and the challenges they encounter during transit and upon arrival are widely variable. Such difficulties are further compounded by the complexity of developing programmes that protect children while they move, since most protective services are fixed in one location. Because migration routes are not linear, it is difficult to devise responses that can provide for children at each stage of their journeys, especially when protection systems are either absent or undeveloped, or when they struggle to reach the community level.

Analysis of children’s movement has been limited in two main ways. On the one hand, children’s movement has been considered largely within the limits of the debate on child trafficking. On the other hand, in the broader debate on migration, children’s movement has been researched mainly as part of their parents’ movement. Both frameworks are inadequate. As a result, the framework for children on the move opens more space for interventions that genuinely respond to their needs and that are respectful of children’s rights, including children’s right to express their views, and to access services and other support to promote their best interests.

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