Ashroy Foundation is a women headed national voluntary development organization established in 1995 in Khulna, the south-west region of Bangladesh by a group of dedicated, courageous women and social workers. It is a non-government organization (NGO) operates in non-profit and non-partisan mode to have a peaceful democratic and humanitarian society where citizens are living with human dignity. It is registered with the Directorate of Women and Children Affairs and the NGO Affairs Bureau.
Ashroy Foundation works at the community level to strengthen human and material resources through different interventions. At the initial stage Ashroy foundation focused on poverty reduction and women empowerment. It tried to create an alternative opportunity for the women through capacity development and linking them with the market. The development activities of Ashroy Foundation are designed to respond the community need those included eradicate extreme poverty, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality and women empowerment, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases, ensure environmental sustainability, and advocating towards developing a global partnership for development.
Climate Change becomes an emerging issue that lead to further degradation of the standard of living in the costal belt. To cope with the newly emerged situation, disaster preparedness, awareness & emergency response, rehabilitation, gender responsive livelihood enhancement, human rights, women empowerment, good governance and risk reduction got especial attention in recent years. Most of the projects of AF have designed by giving emphasize more on climate change, DRR and sustainable and diversified livelihood issues as well as improved land use and natural resource management including mangrove ecosystems. The activities were encircled with the community resource mobilization and management, small scaling mitigation issues like low carbon emission, tree plantation, renewable energy, bio diversity conservation, DRR resilience community infrastructural development including raise the homestead plinth, tube wells, sanitary latrines, houses, shelters, Multipurpose cyclone shelters construction management and maintenance, knowledgeable and resilient community, strengthening coping mechanisms of most vulnerable communities and relevant local institution to be better equipped to access, plan, execute and manage integrated risk reduction measures in the line of climate change adaptation. The target groups were also trained and established linkage with the concerned service providing departments for acquiring knowledge, sharing ideas and skills on their livelihood issues.
AF is also expertise on sustainable agriculture, integration of agricultural activities for coping with the changing environment e.g. supplementary/alternative crops, stress tolerant crops cultivation, integration of different crops in the same land for diversification and disaster resilient livelihood. It also promoted some innovative crops like sunflower and maize cultivation in the south west coastal area Bangladesh where generally 01 crop are receivable due to salinity and irrigation obstacles. Non formal, pre primary, drop out, working children education are also one of the field in which AF gained knowledge and experienced over the mentioned timeframe. Women, disaster affected community and disadvantaged groups livelihood were one of considering issues where AF is involved through promoting income generating activities e.ge entrepreneurship development, small agri-fariming, livestock rearing, aquaculture with horticulture and required skill development training providing to the community vulnerable groups.
Ashroy Foundation engaged in evidence based advocacy towards policy and practice change which would maximize the benefits of the marginalized segment of the society. It carried out research to generate grassroots level concrete evidence and social change process for effective advocacy and engaged in networking with likeminded organization and exchange knowledge. The General Body of 'Ashroy Foundation' is consists of 21 members of which 7 represent in the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee provides with the strategic leadership towards achieving the goal and objectives of the organization.
Ashroy Foundation also gained experience and expertise on documentation, reporting, BCC/IEC materials development, carry out CRA, PRA, baseline study, program cycle management PCM, review and evaluation, participatory monitoring, need assessment, data management, Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction CMDRR, value chain, market linkages, community business plan, improved land use and natural resource management etc.
Ashroy Foundation is also able and capacitated to implement activities as per the line of recognized national and international standard and policies as like as Standing Order on Disaster SOD, National Plan for Disaster Management NPDM, Bangladesh Climate Change Adaptation and Action Plan BCCAP, Millennium Development Goal MDG, Poverty Reduction Strategy Plan PRSP, SPHERE standards, Hyogo Framework of Action HAP etc with a view to up holding peoples dignity and right and maintaining recognized standard, transparency and accountability.