Emergency Cash Support and Livelihood Support for COVID-19 affected population

Dinajpur district is situated at the north-western part of Bangladesh and the people are equally affected and lives and livelihoods of millions have been disrupted. The vulnerable marginalized youth, informal workers, daily earnings women & youth, person with disabilities, small business holder are mostly affected as this is having a serious economic impact in Dinajpur district like other areas.

Additional Deputy Commissioner (General), Dinajpur  Md. Shoriful Islam inaugurated the Livelihood Support Program at the JSKS Office. Picture taken by: Shakil

The local communities are following the Government rules and basically the people were in completely home due to declaration of Lock Down. The Law enforcing agencies were continued their duties and tried to create awareness among the community. JSKS also creating awareness through publication of Leaflets and we have distributed in our working areas through our Youth Form. Our working area are located at rural area and due to non-industrial area maximum are day laborer, VAN & Auto Driver, Hotel Labor, Bus/Truck labor small business holder were faced lot of problem. The COVID 19 pandemic has resulted in huge economic fall out for millions of people in Dinajpur as well as Bangladesh. Livelihoods of low income and marginalized people have been badly damaged.  Nearly two third of household now face income hardship due to the pandemic. According to the South Asian Network on Economic Modelling (SANEM), Bangladesh’s poverty rate may have doubled to 40.9% from the rate prior to the onset of the pandemic. Another study by Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) shows that Bangladesh’s national poverty rate rose to 35% in

2020 from 24.3% in 2016 due to the adverse impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. Therefore, the impact of COVID 19 pandemic has led to an urgent need for financial support to existing and ‘new’ poor specially women facing additional challenges due to the pandemic. 

COVID-19 Impact to Youth:

Many youths are facing economic hardship which is the prime concern to them for now as there are uncertainties over income and many of them already exhausted savings as employers are not paying salaries. They are passing time in domestic chores, helping the family members. For some, this is a totally new experience as they hardly engaged like that before. Their daily activities have changed a lot. Some mentioned they are having difficulties in adjusting with the new routine.

This pandemic has a visible impact on people’s dietary routine. Many started to follow some steps believing that it may help develop immunity to fight the virus. they have started to bargain less for the food of their own choice rather than taking the food that families afford to serve. Financial hardship could also be the reason for being thrifty.

Some are involved in voluntary activities are having a busy time as they are engaged for the humanitarian causes. Their involvement with people through voluntary initiatives has both positive and negative impacts on their personal life as they are working in the frontline, they receive numerous requests for relief but can be of little help because of limited resources. This affects their mental health. Females are also tackling different type of social pressure along with COVID-19 outbreak. The COVID-19 induced leisure time allows more time for interference into people’s personal areas and female’s marital status or involvement in social activities. Besides, another challenge that female-led households are dealing with is that they cannot ask for relief or grant for the fear that society would take it in a negative sense.

We would like to pay our sincere thanks to Manusher Jonno Foundation for the Livelihood Support Initiatives for those who have lost their livelihood opportunities for COVID-19 for the direct beneficiaries of JSKS YOUTH PROJECT. The Upazila administration including all working Union Chairman and civil society also thanks to MJF & FCDO to extend the supporting hand to JSKS for the people of Dinajpur and Chirirbandar Upazila.

JSKS followed the MJF provided guidelines during Beneficiary selection process to distribution there was huge task which successfully completed by the Youth Leaders, JSKS Staffs and UP Officials and finally Upazila administration and we would like to pay our big thanks to stakeholders.

JSKS is ensuring follow up and technical support to the beneficiaries involving with Youth Leaders and duty bearers to make successful of the planned program/project.