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Society for Underprivileged Families(SUF)

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  Case Study

Employer
Child or Beneficiary’s name MD. MOZAHEDUL ISLAM SELIM
District and Country DHAKA, BANGLADESH
Age 35 YEARS
Sex Male
Current context-family, where they live, their day-to-day life, the school they go to, difficulties they face Md. Mozahedul Islam Selim started a garments sewing thread business on 1994 at 1/B, Mirbagh, Moghbazar, Dhaka named as Latest Thread & Accessories. Nature of business of this company is garments sewing thread dyeing, coning & supply to garments like P.N. Garments, Jara Garments, J.K. Garments, Knit Concern & Grade International. Production Capacity of this company is 1500-2000 cone/day & for dying 500-600 pound/day. Total employee of this company is 16. 12 employees involve in production as helper, asstt. Operator and operator & 3 employees are involved in management like marketing, manager and 1 employee in maintenance as engineer. Out of 16 employees 7 employees are under 18 years. There age range is 14-16. All of the employees are male. During recruitment Md. Mozahedul Islam Selim doesn’t take any documents like Bio-data, photograph or any other relevant documents from the worker and at the same time he don’t provide any document relate to recruitment to the workers. Md. Mozahedul Islam Selim says that most of the workers get the job by reference so that I don’t need any document. For fresh & new worker he paid 2000/- Tk. Per month and for skilled workers he paid 7000/- Tk. Per month. Workers get O.T equal to salary. Md. Mozahedul Islam Selim provides Tiffin to workers. Md. Mozahedul Islam Selim also bears the expense of treatment to the injured worker if any accident occurred in workplace.
Their story- what happened to them, After completing graduation Md. Mozahedul Islam Selim try to do many different businesses but could not succeed. After consultation with his maternal uncle he started this business.
when, how and why; - why and how they became involved with Save the Children programs? What their life was like before? How things have changed/improved? At first when a Community Mobilizer of CSR project visit his company and introduce the organisation as NGO he feels irritating. He thoughts that this Community Mobilizer will accuse him for child worker and come his workshop to withdraw child worker. That’s why he wants to avoid meeting with the Community Mobilizer. After several visit of the Community Mobilizer he feels interested to listen what does the Community Mobilizer wants to say. Later on Md. Mozahedul Islam Selim understand that the Community Mobilizer don’t come here withdraw his child worker but wants to improve the working condition of his company.
After that he feels interested to conduct “Meeting on situation analysis on workplace condition in informal sector to identify possible target stakeholder” in his workshop. After the assessment of his workplace Community Mobilizer conduct “Meeting with private companies to disseminate information on Child Labour Policy and CoC” at quarterly basis. All of these meeting conduct on the basis of the assessment of Md. Mozahedul Islam Selim’s company. Community Mobilizer Mobilize him to improve the condition of company. Md. Mozahedul Islam Selim also participates in “Training session for employers on OHS, CoC, CRC and importance of workplace improvement”. Motivated by all these action Md. Mozahedul Islam Selim now introduces safe drinking water for worker along with this to improve lighting condition of the workplace. Not only that he introduced rest room for workers so that they can take rest during working hour.
Description of where they live/their environment; their attitude; their appearance; their expression when you talk to them; their interests, ambitions Md. Mozahedul Islam Selim says that this is very tough business because the pressure of client so it is difficult to maintain good behaviour all the time. But now Md. Mozahedul Islam Selim understands that he is dealings with the future of the nation and being supportive to the worker will improve the relation between worker & employer. Md. Mozahedul Islam Selim also gives chance to his child worker to participate in Peer to Peer group. He also motivates other employers to involve with CSR project.
Their views- Please write down their exact words relating to all parts of their story, what happened, why and when, how they feel today, how the project affected them! Md. Mozahedul Islam Selim says, “I realize that, if my workers are satisfied on me they will perform like it is their own work and if the working environment is good then they will be happy.”
Any other quotes from the child “My dream is to expand my business with big space and latest equipment so that I can engage more work forces.”
Comments from their family; the program officers; community-based organizations Shakawat Hossain, Community Mobilizer, says, Selim bhai understand the importance of workplace improvement and improving his workplace day by day according to his ability.”
Coordinator Informal Sector Zayed says, “Following Code of conduct and implementation of workplace improvement plan complaint with National Child Labour Elimination Policy in private companies of informal sector can combat child labour.”
Background information (as detailed as possible) on the Save the Children project they’ve been involved with. The project began in January 2012 with the aim to improve the lives and livelihood of working children. To address the situation European Union and Save the Children Bangladesh Join Hands to Improve the Lives of Working Children in Bangladesh thought ‘Partnerships to Combat Child Labour through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Bangladesh’ project with a total allocation of € 1.25 million which will reach out to around 12,500 vulnerable children and youth in the ages between 5 and 18 years, who live and work in the Dhaka City Corporation urban areas. Two local partner NGOs, the Society for Underprivileged Families (SUF) and Community Participation and Development (CPD) are implementing the project together with Save the Children. This work has so far focused on the top tiers of the supply chain in partnerships with international companies and large Bangladeshi manufacturers to formulate child focused CSR guideline to improve live and livelihood of working children in Bangladesh.
Description of accompanying Photo(s) (location, date, what activity is being demonstrated) Location: 1/B Mirbagh, Moghbazar, Dhaka-1209. Activity:
Md. Mozahedul Islam Selim( Red Shirt) with his employee attending in Meeting on situation analysis on workplace condition in informal sector to identify possible target stakeholder Date: 25 March 2013

Employer
Child or Beneficiary’s name MD. MONIR HOSSAIN
District and Country DHAKA, BANGLADESH
Age 36 YEARS
Sex Male
Current context-family, where they live, their day-to-day life, the school they go to, difficulties they face Md. Monir Hossain establishes a CNG auto rickshaw garage and workshop on 2003 at 157, WAPDA Road, West Rampura, Dhaka-1209 named as Monir Auto works and Body Painter. 55-60 CNG auto rickshaw garaged in his workshop, maintenance of those CNG auto rickshaw is his responsibility. Currently 26 staff working in different position to maintain this workshop. Out of these 7 workers are children and their age range is 12-15 years. Most of the children are posted as helper. Md. Monir Hossain recruits his worker by reference of other worker or sometimes parents of the children request him to recruit their boy so that, they can learn this work and earn some money. During recruitment Md. Monir Hossain don’t take any documents like Bio-data, photograph or any other relevant documents from the worker and at the same time he don’t provide any document relate to recruitment to the workers. Md. Monir Hossain says that most of the workers get the job by reference so that I don’t need any document. Workers mainly work as Mistri, Half Mistri and Helper. Md. Monir Hossain paid monthly salary to his worker For Mistri position he paid 8000 to 10000 Tk per month, for Half Mistri position he paid 5000 to 6000 Tk per month and for Helper position he paid 1500 to 2000 Tk per month. There is no Overtime for the workers and they have to work 6:00 Am to 10:00 Pm. Child worker those who works as helper don’t get any salary for 6 month to 1 year, after 1 year they get 500 to 1000 Tk. Md. Monir Hossain says, “During this period they learn the work, as they don’t know any work so I don’t pay any salary, but I provide Tiffin and they get tips from the drivers for washing the CNG auto rickshaw.” Md. Monir Hossain also bears the expense of treatment to the injured worker if any accident occurred in workplace.
Their story- what happened to them, Md. Monir Hossain started his career at the age of 10 as a helper in Ali & Musa Auto Workshop. At that time he didn’t get any salary for first 2-3 years for his job. After 2-3 years he gets 300 Tk per month. At that time there was only 2 stroke auto rickshaw which was banded later and came 4 stroke CND auto richshaw. Md. Monir Hossain says, “My dedication to work and hard work makes my dream true to establish my own workshop. Now a day I don’t see such kind of dedication to any worker worked in my workshop”. He stated that, he struggled hard & soul to learn this work and to establish his workshop. Sill now he works like a worker it successful.
At first when a Community Mobilizer of CSR project visit his workshop and introduce the organisation as NGO he feels irritating. He thoughts that this Community Mobilizer will accuse him for child worker and come his workshop to withdraw child worker. That’s why he wants to avoid meeting with the Community Mobilizer. After several visit of the Community Mobilizer he feels interested to listen what does the Community Mobilizer wants to say. Later on Md. Monir Hossain understand that the Community Mobilizer don’t come here withdraw his child worker but wants to improve the working condition of his workshop. After that he feels interested to conduct “Meeting on situation analysis on workplace condition in informal sector to identify possible target stakeholder” in his workshop. After the assessment of his workplace Community Mobilizer conduct “Meeting with private companies to disseminate information on Child Labour Policy and CoC” at quarterly basis. All of these meeting conduct on the basis of the assessment of Md. Monir Hossain’s workshop. Community Mobilizer Mobilize him to improve the condition of workshop. Md. Monir Hossain also participate in “Training session for employers on OHS, CoC, CRC and importance of workplace improvement”. Motivated by all these action Md. Monir Hossain now introduce safe drinking water for worker along with this to improve lighting condition of the workplace he change some of the tin of the roof. Not only that where there is no scope for education for working children of his workshop 3 child are now attending in Chinno Mukul School run by SUF.
Description of where they live/their environment; their attitude; their appearance; their expression when you talk to them; their interests, ambitions. In the life time once Md. Monir Hossain was a working child. The way he was treated by his employer after being employer he is treated the same way to his worker. He thought that this is the right process to maintain worker to run a business. Now Md. Monir Hossain understand that he is dealings with the future of the nation and being supportive to the worker will improve the relation between worker & employer. Md. Monir Hossain also gives chance to his child worker to participate in Peer to Peer group. He also motivates other employers to involve with CSR project.
Their views- Please write down their exact words relating to all parts of their story, what happened, why and when, how they feel today, how the project affected them! Eshaq worker of Md. Monir Hossain says, “I am very happy that my boss gives me chance to go to school.”
Md. Monir Hossain says, “I realize that, if my workers are satisfied on me they will perform like it is their own work and if the working environment is good then they will be happy.”
Any other quotes from the child “My dream is to expand my business with big space and latest equipment so that I can engage more work forces.”
Comments from their family; the program officers; community-based organizations Selina Akter, Community Mobilizer, says, Monir bhai understand the importance of workplace improvement and improving his workplace day by day according to his ability.” Coordinator Informal Sector Zayed says, “Following Code of conduct and implementation of workplace improvement plan complaint with National Child Labour Elimination Policy in private companies of informal sector can combat child labour.”
Background information (as detailed as possible) on the Save the Children project they’ve been involved with. The project began in January 2012 with the aim to improve the lives and livelihood of working children. To address the situation European Union and Save the Children Bangladesh Join Hands to Improve the Lives of Working Children in Bangladesh thought ‘Partnerships to Combat Child Labour through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Bangladesh’ project with a total allocation of € 1.25 million which will reach out to around 12,500 vulnerable children and youth in the ages between 5 and 18 years, who live and work in the Dhaka City Corporation urban areas. Two local partner NGOs, the Society for Underprivileged Families (SUF) and Community Participation and Development (CPD) are implementing the project together with Save the Children. This work has so far focused on the top tiers of the supply chain in partnerships with international companies and large Bangladeshi manufacturers to formulate child focused CSR guideline to improve live and livelihood of working children in Bangladesh.
Description of accompanying Photo(s) (location, date, what activity is being demonstrated) Location: 157, WAPDA Road, West Rampura, Dhaka-1209.
Date: 25 March 2013

Peer to Peer group members
Child or Beneficiary’s name MD. MANJU
District and Country DHAKA, BANGLADESH
Age 16 YEARS
Sex Male
Current context-family, where they live, their day-to-day life, the school they go to, difficulties they face Manju is a student of Electronics Technology trade of EU supported SUF Vocational Training center. He is regular in his class. Manju looks very young than his age. He attends his class at morning shift. His father age is 60. He sales vegetables with his father from dawn to dusk. Due to his old age Manju support his father full time in his business. Now he is receiving Vocational Training to have a decent job to improve his live and livelihood.
Their story- what happened to them, 10 years ago Manju’s family live in Malekkandi village of Madaripur district. His father was a farmer but he don’t have own land to cultivate. The income of his father was not sufficient to maintain his family. For better employment & income Manju’s father migrate from Malakkandi to Dhaka with all his family members. In Dhaka Manju’s father starts work as a daily labour but he cannot continue the work due to old age sickness. Then he start vegetable sale to maintain his family. Manju have 2 brothers and 5 sisters. Manju’s mother is a house wife. Among the 5 sister, 3 sisters are married and live separately with their husband other 2 sisters are garments worker. Manju’s elder brother also live separately with his family. Manju’s younger brother study in class 3 at Mirbagh primary school.
Manju dropped out from school when he was at grade five due to financial crisis. He has to support his father to maintain the family. After dropped out from the school Manju and his elder brother joined in a local garments manufacturing factory at Narayangonj. He has to work there 10 to 12 hours per day. Manju worked there 1 year and the excessive work load & working hour was very painful for him. Suddenly his father become serious sick that’s why he left that job and come back to Dhaka. From then he involve in vegetable sale business.
One day Manju was identified by one of the Community Mobilizer of EU aided CSR project. He includes himself as a member of Peer to Peer Group. He tried to attend all the entire Peer to Peer Group meeting and also attend in Child to Child training. After receiving this training his view about life has been changed. Manju says, “I was frustrated that my life will go this way by selling vegetables. Now I can change my life from this point and can divert it the way I like.” When he informed about the Vocational Training in one of the Peer to Peer Group meeting, he thought that this is the chance that he is looking for. He discussed with his parents and they also feel interested. His mother along with Manju attend in a meeting named “Consultation with parents and children on children’s future” and from this meeting Manju’s mother understand that this training can skill Manju such a way that he can get a good job in a renowned company and he can earn a good salary. After that Manju attend in a training named “Meeting on vision exercise with children and youth labour”. Through this training Manju fixed his aim in life and choose the trade of training “Electronics Technology”. Manju thinks that this training will change his life.
Description of where they live/their environment; their attitude; their appearance; their expression when you talk to them; their interests, ambitions. Manju’s family lives in a sami pacca tiny rental house with other 8 families. There is only one room for 6 member and they share toilet and kitchen with all others. Rent of this single room is 6000/- Tk. Per month and they also have to pay for utilities like gas, electricity and water. Conditions of neighbors of Manju are more or less same as Manju’s family. Other boys and girls those who are at Manju’s age, ask Manju about his training. Manju explain them about the significances of training and about his future ambition. He is determined to establish a maintenance shop of electronics appliances.
Their views- Please write down their exact words relating to all parts of their story, what happened, why and when, how they feel today, how the project affected them! Manju’s father Md. Butumal says, “My financial crisis and illness binds my Manju’s life. I don’t want that Manju works as hawker. I want to see him successful in his life that’s why I admit him in this training center.”
Manju says, “I wish I will learn all the lesson related to Electronics Technology and obtain good result in all exams.”
Any other quotes from the child “My dream is to complete my training in Electronics Technology trade and run my own maintenance shop of electronics appliances.”
Comments from their family; the program officers; community-based organizations Ahsanullah, Instructor of Electronics Technology, says, “ Manju is a sincere and dedicated student of this trade, he attends in class regularly and I think he will do well” Coordinator Formal Sector Jashim says, “Quality vocational training equipped the child and youth to get decent job..”
Background information (as detailed as possible) on the Save the Children project they’ve been involved with. The project began in January 2012 with the aim to improve the lives and livelihood of working children. To address the situation European Union and Save the Children Bangladesh Join Hands to Improve the Lives of Working Children in Bangladesh thought ‘Partnerships to Combat Child Labour through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Bangladesh’ project with a total allocation of € 1.25 million which will reach out to around 12,500 vulnerable children and youth in the ages between 5 and 18 years, who live and work in the Dhaka City Corporation urban areas. Two local partner NGOs, the Society for Underprivileged Families (SUF) and Community Participation and Development (CPD) are implementing the project together with Save the Children. This work has so far focused on the top tiers of the supply chain in partnerships with international companies and large Bangladeshi manufacturers to formulate child focused CSR guideline to improve live and livelihood of working children in Bangladesh.
Description of accompanying Photo(s) (location, date, what activity is being demonstrated) Location: 1/G/10, Mirbagh, Moghbazar, Dhaka.
Date: 26 February 2013

Peer to Peer group members
Child or Beneficiary’s name BONNA AKTER SRABONTY
District and Country DHAKA, BANGLADESH
Age 15 YEARS
Sex Female
Current context-family, where they live, their day-to-day life, the school they go to, difficulties they face Bonna works as a sales girl in Nayem Fashion House at Mouchak Market. Her duty hour is from 10 Am to 8 Pm. Currently getting salary of 3000/- Tk. Per month and 100/- Tk as Daily transport allowance. Bonna passes class VIII from UCEP, Bangladesh and now wants to admit herself in SSC Vocational, that’s why she is attending Pre Tech Class at UCEP from 8 Am to 9 Am. Due to the financial crisis Bonna has to work as a sales girl. Bonna is searching for better job for better salary.
Their story- what happened to them, Birth place of Bonna is Dhaka, so she doesn’t have any memory of her village. She knows that her grant parents and other family members live in Chaddabel village of Faridpur district. As per her statement maybe her family came to Dhaka for better employment & income. Biological father of Bonna left them and living separately after second mirage. Bonna’s mother Nasima Begum get also second mirage with Md. Siraj Meah. Bonna and their family now live with her step father. Md. Siraj Meah, step father of Bonna is a driver of privet owner. Bonna’s mother works as a domestic worker to maintain the family. Bonna has a younger brother who studies in class II at Chhinna Mukul Prokalpa of SUF.
Bonna heard about the Peer to Peer Group from her neighbour Rahima, who is also a member of Peer to Peer group and feel interested to join the group. One day she attends one of the meetings of Peer to Peer Group amd become member of the group. As a member of Peer to Peer Group she also attends Child to Child training. Bonna says, “After being member of Peer to Peer Group and taking Child to Child training my life has changed, now I can take decision of my own and for solution of any problem I share with my other group members.”
Description of where they live/their environment; their attitude; their appearance; their expression when you talk to them; their interests, ambitions. Bonna’s family lives in a one room rented house and they have to pay rent 4000/- Tk. Per month also they have to pay utilities like gas, water and electricity. They use common toilet and kitchen with other 14 families.
It is very difficult for Bonna to maintain the family because Bonna’s step father doesn’t contribute in the family. That’s why Bonna and her mother have to work to maintain the family.
Their views- Please write down their exact words relating to all parts of their story, what happened, why and when, how they feel today, how the project affected them! Bonna says, “I wish to reduce the working hour of my workplace and others like me so that we can enjoy our childhood and study. I think we can do it one day by our Peer to Peer Group.”
Any other quotes from the child “My dream is to complete my SSC vocational in Garments Quality Control and get job in Garments Quality control.”
Comments from their family; the program officers; community-based organizations Rakib Ahmed, Facilitator-Peer to Peer Group, says, “ Bonna is a bright girl, she knows about her rights and what she want”
Coordinator Informal Sector Zayed says, “Peer to Peer groups are created to increased awareness on the rights of children and youth, and providing information on training and decent employment opportunities for child labourers.”
Background information (as detailed as possible) on the Save the Children project they’ve been involved with. The project began in January 2012 with the aim to improve the lives and livelihood of working children. To address the situation European Union and Save the Children Bangladesh Join Hands to Improve the Lives of Working Children in Bangladesh thought ‘Partnerships to Combat Child Labour through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Bangladesh’ project with a total allocation of € 1.25 million which will reach out to around 12,500 vulnerable children and youth in the ages between 5 and 18 years, who live and work in the Dhaka City Corporation urban areas. Two local partner NGOs, the Society for Underprivileged Families (SUF) and Community Participation and Development (CPD) are implementing the project together with Save the Children. This work has so far focused on the top tiers of the supply chain in partnerships with international companies and large Bangladeshi manufacturers to formulate child focused CSR guideline to improve live and livelihood of working children in Bangladesh.
Description of accompanying Photo(s) (location, date, what activity is being demonstrated) Location: 1/F, Mirbagh, Moghbazar, Dhaka.
Date: 25 March 2013
Activity: She is selling readymade garments items in the show room.

Contact us

Md. Zamal Uddin
Executive Director.
SUF
Address : 475, Nayatola, Moghbazar, Dhaka-1217, Bangladesh
Phone: 88-02-9338637.
Phone: 01711902185.
Mail: suf.chhinno@gmail.com.
Website: www.sufbd.org

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Md. Tipu Sultan
Deputy Director.
SUF
Address : 475, Nayatola, Moghbazar, Dhaka-1217, Bangladesh
Phone: 88-02-9338637.
Phone: 01711200269.
Mail: suf.chhinno@gmail.com.
Website: www.sufbd.org

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