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Love Thy Neighbour (LTN), 1995

Love Thy Neighbour – LTN is a new chapter for the rural development. Bangladesh is one of the least developed countries of the world and number of population now touches more than 150 million. Bangladesh itself is like a big most thickly populated village as a whole and 88% people live in the undeveloped rural area . Density of population is one of the highest in this world. More than 87% people live below the poverty line most of whom can’t earn their livelihood properly for various reasons. Among the rural population, 80% people are basically landless, poor and continual victim of  ignorance, superstition, natural disasters,   unemployment, health hazards, gender discrimination, local violence& crime,   high rate of child birth etc problems.

Bangladesh Government has from a long period of time been operating agro-based, fisheries, husbandries, cooperative, integrated rural development programs, but the  limited influential people, affluent farmers, local leaders, pump machine holders, mahajans and middlemen have been exploiting all these advantages , local resources & scopes associated with local government and other governmental social/economic/ administrative/judicial services & national budget-based local/regional socio-economic development programs. On the other hand , the small and marginal farmers, rural landless agro-labors, destitute /oppressed / destitute women and unemployed youth, helpless child & adolescent communities have not been benefited from the above government programs.

In 1995, upon this entire context, depending on the promising and accelerated leadership of   Mahamuda Begum, as an NGO, Love Thy Neighbour – LTN emerged to foster integrated rural development especially in gender perspective.

Vision:
Helping to build a just and sustainable society through human and gender rights

Mission:
To help establishing human dignity of the poor and marginal people through institution building and women empowerment process. LTN measures its success with positive changes in the people’s lives in terms of quality and quantity. In empowerment & development of destitute women realizing their own strength and to be organized and identify their own problems and solution to ensure in development activities.  LTN is commitment bound to reach at its own vision by involving highly qualified, skilled, experienced and dedicated staff members and volunteers.
Ideal of the Organization:

With voluntary approach through unity, discipline and cooperation based atmosphere, performance of various social development and economical development. To utilize the manpower through cultural based projects is the ideal of this organization.

Planned Programs at a Glance

Sl. No. Program Type of beneficiaries Area Out Puts
01. Group Formation Poor and hardcore poor women – Banaripara
– Wazirpur
– Agailjhara
– Savings attitude grown among the members
02. Training : – Group members of VGD – Banaripara
– Wazirpur
– Agailjhara
– Sarupkati 
They are aware by various training and inspired of income generation
03 VGD Program – VGD Women – Wazirpur
– Agailjhara
-Gournadi
-Mehendigong
-Babugong
-Barisal Sadar
– savings attitude grown
– inspired in training
04. Prevent violence against women and children project Hardcore poor marginalized women and Children -Banaripara  

– Women Awareness & Empowerment
-Legal Aid support
-Staff early marriage
-Stop Violence Women’s and children

05. BEP- ESP Disadvantaged children -Banaripara
– Sarupkati
-The disadvantaged students go to school
06. Preprimary education to hardcore children Hardcore poor children and women -Tazumuddin The hardcore children get education and nutrition
07 HYSAWA Project Hardcore poor women and children – Gournadi
– Muladi
The target people get safe water
08 Women Rights Project – Grassroot women
– Oppressed women
– Civil society
– Elite
– Imam
– Banaripara
-Bakergonj
– Muladi
The violence against women reduced
09 Disaster Relief and management – Group Members
– Victims
– Banaripara
-Bakergonj
– Barisal Sadar
The relief and disaster management made people comforted
10 HIV/AIDS Program – Street children
– Oppressed children
-Banaripara
– Wazirpur
The awreness on HIV AIDS among the target people
11. The legal and rehabilitation of children – Street children
– Oppressed children
– Barisal Sadar The street children got legal and rehabilitation support
12 Disability Development Disabled children – Banaripara – The disabled children got financial support
13 Health Program Hardcore men, women and children – Barisal Sadar
– Banaripara
– Poor children got medicine free of cost
14 Coastal Greenbelt project Hardcore men, women and children Banaripara Upazila. – The poor people got financial support
15 Water and Sanitation Project – Poor people
– School teacher
– Students
– Youths
– Imam
– Elite
– UP member and chairman
Banaripara – The target people use safe water and cleanliness grown
16. Arsenic Mitigation Loacl people -Banaripara People are aware of arsenic .

 

LTN of  Working Area

SL No. District

Upazilla

01 Barisal Barisal Sadar,  Banaripara,  Babugonj ,
Gournadi , Agailjhara , Muladi , Bakergonj , Uzirpur , Mehendigonj
02 Bhola Tajimuddin , Borhanuddin
03 Jhalakhati Jalakhathi Sadar , Nalcity , Rajapur, Kathalia
04 pirojpur Neserabadh (Swarupkathi)

 

LTN Election Procedure

The Executive Committee (EC) members of LTN are elected bi-annually in the yearly general meeting .Members who are not in the executive committee nor to compete for EC membership/ or delegates from social Welfare Department are eligible to conduct LTN EC Election . The Election can be conducted either by secret ballot or by hand raising approval as per the decision of the general members present. The EC Election is to be performed at least one month before the running term is lapsed. Any sub-committee that is to be formed in the EC meeting, if required member(s) from the general body can be co-opted.