Footsteps has designed and implemented several holistic programs and campaigns to address community challenges in the fields of Public Health, Water and Sanitation and Climate Action. Each porgram has been carefully designed to not only address the social problem, but utilize the solution to build the community's capacity in addressing the problem without further donor intervention, making these communities both sustainable and resilient. Currently, Footsteps is working on 4 main social ventures:
Project Trishna is a social venture which addresses the challenge of safe water and sanitation access in marginalized communities. The social venture utilizes the platforms of Corporate Social Responsibility, donor and government funding to not only implement WASH facilities such as drinking water systems, handwashing stations, and gender equity toilets but also trains the community on how to maintain these resources both technically and financially in order to make them independent on further donor intervention in the long run. Trishna transforms specific WASH challenges into a capacity-building opportunity and creates resilient communities that value and ensures the benefits of WASH facilities in the long run, by intervening in community institutions such as schools, hospitals, parks, RMG factories and public sites.
Nirapod Pani Chai (NPC) is a sister concern of Project Trishna with an exclusive partnership with Super Fresh Drinking Water to ensure safe water access in schools and hospitals across Bangladesh.
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Disaster Resilience Programme
The Disaster Resilience Program (DRP) is a social venture which takes a holistic approach in addressing challenges arising from natural and social disasters. DRP has two types of intervention: primary response and secondary response. In primary response, DRP provides survival aid in the form of food, water, medicine, and hygiene materials to communities in disaster-hit areas whereas in secondary response DRP builds communities' capacity to become resilient in the face of current or future disasters through disaster warning mechanisms, climate-resilient housing, portable water filter and agricultural support schemes for farmers.
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Shushasther Odhikar Shobar
Shushasther Odhikar Shobar is a holistic health program that works towards ensuring and improving quality of public health infrastructure and services, especially in last mile communities. SOS intends to improvise and stategize traditional public health models along with innovative new models which makes healthcare services easily accessible and affordable for communities in target regions.
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Project WECan works towards building environmental advocacy and integrating green energy and strategies within our communities. The program works towards creating a society which is concerned about promoting renewable energy sources such as solar, hydro, wind while creating value for green economy consisting of plastic recycling and pollution reduction schemes.
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Past Projects & Campaigns
Heartwarming Winter was Footsteps' first project implemented to provide blankets, clothes and medicine to the destitute in marginalized communities during winter. Volunteers were tasked to collect clothes and funds from affluent households which were then distributed in areas such as Rangpur, Kurigram, Chillmari, Kaunia, Noakhali, Chuadanga, etc. over 6000 people have been impacted through Heartwarming Winter in its 3 years of activity.
The Latrine Project
Project Britto was a program that conducted workshops and seminars on issues and topics rarely covered in educational institutions, such as coding, journalism, consent, gender-based violence, etc. The program created an alternative educational platform through which individuals, especially high school and university students, could learn about such topics in-depth rarely covered in schools or social conversations.
The Inspiration Crew
The Latrine Project was designed to ensure access to sanitation facilities in marginalized communities, specifically coastal and refugee based communities. During its pilot, the project ensured latrine facilities for over 200 families in Rohingya Refugee Camp of Ledhapara, Teknaf. The project has currently been integrated within Project Trishna.
The Inspiration Crew was a team created to make documentaries identifying crucial social challenges with participation from both locals and well-known individuals in our society. The Inspiration crew created two short documentaries which were very well received on social and mass media.
Project Fempower was a campaign created to teach self-defense training to women of different socio-economic backgrounds as well as raise awareness on issues such as gender equality and consent. The campaign aimed to create a society where women could defend themselves in situations of gender-based violence. Over 300 women were taught self defense techniques during its pilot run.
Daag Laguk, Tobu Poribesh Bachuk
On World Environment Day 2021, Footsteps in partnership with Surf Excel Bangladesh conducted a compaign where Do it yourself Plant kits were sent to children across Bangladesh. The goal was to create environmental advocates among children after they adopted the plant, who will safeguard the future of our planet.
The #wateryouwearing campiagn was conducted in 2019 to raise both awareness and engagement in our society to contribute towards ensuring safe water as a basic human right. A t shirt was designed and sold where the profits were used to expand the mission of Project through. The campaign was endoresed by a handful of local celebrities and influencers on social media.
Every year during Ramadan, Footsteps conducts a unique themed campaign to raise awareness and funds, especially targeting Zakat, to ensure basic rights in the forms of water, sanitation, health, food, etc. The campaign engages social media influencers to promote the causes and the funds raised are used for the various interventions of Footsteps.