Footsteps has designed and implemented several social ventures to address community challenges in the fields of Health, Environment and Education. Each venture 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 (Waste Eradication Can) is a social venture designed to improve infrastructure and community awareness on effective and efficient waste management schemes, including waste segregation, recycling, and protection from waste contamination. the primary focus of WECan is not only to build better waste management practices in our communities but also to transform waste into an economic resource that will truly increase its value and reduce cases of littering, land pollution, and degradation.
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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
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.
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.