WHO WE ARE
ELLMA is a non-government and nonpolitical organization and believes all people deserves equality by committed to participate in national development through upgrading & protecting and reinforce the good governance of the grassroots level women, children, and vulnerable people as well as to protect Human rights. It has been supporting program participants in difficult circumstance through provision of critical deliver program since 2000
Historically Children & women are being oppressed by the patriarchal society. The scenario is almost the same all over the world. ELLMA has emerged in 2000 to work for a dignified life of women, which will lead the state to create an equal society. It helps the victim of human rights violation by providing them assistance and advice. And integrating human rights norms and principles in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation aspects policies and program. It has a great flexibility to adapt to local community needs and is therefore able to develop projects, as well as needs based projects. Besides, it encourages the alleviation of poverty & everlasting development. It covers a wide range of area like adolescent, women & children empowerment and leadership, environmental problems, child rights, gender equity & equality. Poverty alleviation and such other like rehabilitation, economic empowerment, etc.
The organization has been involved in almost all the national and local networks as well as significant numbers of international networks that prove its participation credibility. It has been rendering preprimary education for deprived children to increase the enrollment in school since 2000 in collaboration with Karnafuly Jasis club & core fund. To work as a catalyst to bring the sustainable change in the lives of the underprivileged children with a better approach of development for a large scale impact.
In order to bring about change it is necessary to convince the key stakeholder understands and supports to bring the change. ELLMA has been conducting advocacy programs on Gender issues since 2006 in collaboration with CSDF / Steps Towards Development where the organization has been substantially involved in capacity enhancement of Gender Change Agents (social entrepreneurs comprised of civil society, local elites, elected bodies, local and line government agencies like UP, Upazila Parishad, UNO, DSS, Directorate of Youths Development, Directorate of Women’s Affairs secondary education, student volunteers, youths activists, students facilitators group. Gender equity puts the focus on fairness and justice regarding participation and fundamental needs for women and men, girls and boys.
In addition to that, it has been implementing the Child Rights Program since 2005 in collaboration with the Human Development Foundation. Whereas ELLMA believes that when child rights are protected, there is a great possibility for children stand a much better chance of growing up in a society that allows them to thrive.
10 BIKASH Forums were formed consist of 350 children. Capacity enhancement training was the core part of the project that includes child council management training, issues-based realization, wall
magazine, Magazine publication, life skills education, event management training, performing drama, and innovative cultural and sports competitions. SMC, Local Elected Body, Media, Civil Society were directly involved in the projects be as PIC Committee, or Advisory Committee Member, election Committee, Event Management Committee, Community resources Persons, etc. The initiative has ensured to capacity enhancement for vulnerable children through high quality workforce development. ELLMA is enormously significant as both a motivator for sustainable development and a crucial change. Every single person irrespective of their age has human rights and young children have specific rights for their wellbeing, as because being young makes them extra vulnerable and dependent. The organization has also implemented Child rights and Hazardous Free Working condition through Education and Vocational Training (CHWEVT) in collaboration with Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF). This is the project that aims to establish child rights and protection of hazardous and non-hazardous working children and vulnerable workers by providing appropriate education and vocational training and refer to other relevant actors and services.
The bonds children form with their society or community it deeply affects their future development, cognitive, emotional and social progress. The organization is also involved in Children development programs “Koisor Moncha” in collaboration with ADF. Adolescents participation was ensured through Kaishor Manch (Adolescent Council) formation and Civil society and community participation were ensured by its Advisory Council. Capacity building initiatives include induction Workshop, training on Club Management, Counseling, Advocacy Meeting, Issue Based Movement, Community Sensitization through innovative events. ELLMA optimizing the activities of children’s lives is the best investment that is ensuring their future success.
HIV is the most crucial new pathogen that emerged during the twentieth century. Consequently, another significant relevant program is its ELLMA/GFATM/Save the Children supported HIV/AIDS Program for Young Peoples. The interventions include Gatekeepers meeting to ensure community participation, ToT on Life Skills and rendering Life Skills Education. It has been helping them to develop their logical reasoning, creative thinking as allowing them to have a more active role in the HIV/AIDS learning process.
Tackling domestic hostility as an aspect of human rights, which would enable a holistic, multi-sectoral move toward to the problem. ELLMA has been implementing Protecting Human Rights (PHR) in collaboration with Plan International Bangladesh-USAID to improve the quality of advocacy for adoption and enforcement of key domestic violence and Human Rights legislation and politics. As it has been helping life, liberty, equality and security as rights based program protect people against abuse by those who are more powerful. Increase access to end willingness of survivors to seek justice through formal and informal sectors. Expand immediate and longer-term support to survivors of domestic violence. Increase awareness of domestic violence and related Human Rights issues at the national and local levels.
Youth engagement helps build on important protective factors related to youth development. Recently ELLMA completed a project (Theorun Alo) to Combat Violent Extremism through Alternative Constructive Engagement of Youth at Chakaria, Cox`s Bazar supported by Manusher Juonno Foundation-MJF. It allowed youth to speak up when they experience abouse and corruption. The human rights empower people and convey them they deserve dignity from society and from the world