Around 2.72 lakh people have been affected by the flash flood in Sunamganj district. People living in Thakurbhog of Sunamganj are devastated, especially the farmers living in the Haor region. According to the statement of the general secretary of 'Haor Bachao, Poribesh Bachao, Sunamganj Bachao,' crops worth around Taka 3000 crore were washed away during the flood. Although the condition has improved over the days, but, a huge portion of the land still remains underwater.
To help the people of Haor fight back, Casper - BRAC University, Casper Foundation along with IDLC Finance have joined hands together. Their project 'Fight Back the Disaster' is a joint initiative that does not only provide relief, but also, provides rehabilitation to families who have suffered from one of the most devastating floods of Bangladesh. Casper - BRAC University revisited Thakurbhog, Sunamganj on September 29, 2017, taking the support of IDLC Finance. After the relief distribution on March, the team has revisited this time to distribute livestock to the flood affected families of Thakurbhog.
Initially, a survey was conducted by the volunteers of Casper - BRAC University where it was found that, raising domestic animals would help the locals meet their daily needs and would enable them to be self-sufficient. Thus, to restore the livelihood of the flood victims, project 'Fight Back the Disaster' selected 35 needy families to be recipients of goats from the project. These families were selected based on the urgency of their needs as well as their ability to take care of the livestock. The parties designed a sustainable model for the project by ensuring long-term monitoring of each family's progress with the goats with the support of a local doctor.
“IDLC is always working relentlessly for a better future for all. This initiative is a part of our vision,” says Jane Alam Romel, Group Chief Marketing Officer of IDLC. Taufiq-uz Zaman, Founder and CEO of Casper Foundation, says, “It is amazing to see the things we could accomplish if all of us come together to help our community. A special thanks to IDLC for helping us accomplish this project.”
Casper Foundation and IDLC believe that their project 'Fight Back the Disaster' will bring back the lost smile to the faces of unsung fighters of the Haor region.