Community Communication Skills Development for Social Awareness in Cox’s Bazar

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Name of the Project: Community Communication Skills Development for Social Awareness in Cox’s Bazar (Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar)

Background:

Since the beginning of the Rohingya influx in August 2017, YPSA has been involved in the humanitarian response activity in Cox’s Bazar. Notably, YPSA, established in 1985, has been implementing different development and emergency programs/projects for the last 20 years in Cox’s Bazar. Because of its long time presence in Cox’s Bazar, particularly in Rohingya camps, YPSA has good understanding about the camp situation as well as about the host-community around the camps, and also realized the on safety and security issue in the area is a key concern for both communities. Increasing crime and tension is widespread, both within the camps and between refugees and host communities. There are also increased and prevalence of child marriage, gender based violence, drug abuse, smuggling and human trafficking in that area. There is a growing fear among host communities that their lives are at risk, driven by a perception (among the host community) that Rohingya people intend to expel the Bangladeshi population from the area. The local community in Cox’s Bazar also has a history of inter-ethnic and inter-religious violence. Young people are a critically underserved and at-risk group.

YPSA has long experiences in community engagement through community based radio program since 2011. YPSA has a community radio named Community Radio Sagar Giri FM 99.2. The community was initiated for the people living in this spectacular placen of Chattogram’s Sitakunda upazila. It has drawn attention of local residents through broadcasting news and programs on natural disasters and disaster rehearsals through native way. Radio Sagar Giri started its journey on March 24, 2012, aiming to provide rural people with their necessary information and empowerment.

Funded By: Deutsche Welle Akademie

Implemented By: Young Power in Social Action (YPSA)

Working Area: Cox’s Bazar District (1 Upazilas, 2 Unions)

Duration of the Project: June 2020 to December 2022

Results, Outputs and Outcomes and Impact:

Increase peaceful cohabitation, establish mutual trust, develop talent and constructive thinking, increase skills, create positive attitude towards women, children, older people, and physically and mentally challenged people.

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